With World’s Biggest Cricket League Indian Premier League (IPL) season 7 in about to start in couple of days, we shall look at five bowlers who had to be watched out as they can be proved out to be dangerous for opposition and also they can be expected to be in the race of Purple Cap.

Top five bowlers to be watched out in the IPL 7:

5. Krishmar Santokie:

Very less people have heard this name Krishmar Santokie before World T20 2014 even after an IPL team brought him but the price didn’t make his famous. In the five games he played he picked five wickets and attracted by some viewers with some brilliantly executed slower balls and Yorkers. He will be playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL but he isn’t guaranteed place with Malinga in squad. But he might leave in starting off May when IPL moves to India then he will be the big hope for them considering his unbelievable track record. He picked up 97 wickets in 52 T20 games with a strike rate of 11.9, the best with minimum of 50 wickets which means he picks a wicket every two overs. He is very economical too as his economy rate is just 6.06.

4. Ravichandran Ashwin:

Ravichandran Ashwin has been known as India’s mystery spinner with the delivering of carom balls. He has a lot of weapons in his bag as he is capable of delivering various unorthodox balls which will be troubling the batsmen. He turns the ball well on the pitches which produce spin and are on slower end. With the UAE pitches are on slower end he might come under a key role. He has a decent record in IPL as he has taken 64 wickets in 67 games with a strike rate of 22.3. He is economical too as his economy is 6.34.

3. Amit Mishra:

Amit Mishra is the Hattrick’s king of IPL. He has picked three hattricks in six seasons and all for each team he played. He is the second leading wicket taker in IPL with 95 wickets after Malinga. He has a strike rate of 17.5 as he picks a wicket every three overs. His economy is also good as it is under 7. He is good spinner of the ball and regularly bowls googly, leg-break to confuse the batsman. His lines are tough to read when he is on role. But gets beat whenever he bowls wrong line and lenghths.

2. Sunil Narine:

In present cricket, Sunil Narine is regarded as one of the toughest bowlers to be faced in limited overs format and the mysterious spinner to bat against. He has been very consistent in this format from the start. In just the 31 games he played he has picked up 46 wickets with a strike rate of wicket every 16 balls. He is very economical in the IPL as his economy recorded to be just 5.47. He bowls the carom balls the off-spinner and many tricky deliveries. He makes each and every ball to face difficulty as he changes his line and length regularly to ensure batsman doesn’t get set. His overall T20 economy is 5.40 slightly better than of IPL.

1. Mitchell Johnson:

Mitchell Johnson was a normal Mitchy till the start of IPL 6. In the season he featured in IPL for the first time playing for Mumbai Indians. This time he will be playing for Kings XI Punjab. In this span he has done a lot with his bowling and could have done still more. Starting with form in IPL he bowled brilliantly. During Champions league he recorded among top 10 speeds interestingly all were by him. Later in Home Ashes Series he showed his brilliance after his comeback as he picked up Man of the series for most wickets taker and picked man of the match awards trice. Later he continued his form in South Africa tour and was expected to do in Bangladesh in World T20. But unluckily he was ruled out due to injury and got fit to play IPL. Something special has been expected from him in this IPL as he done well in previous season picking up 24 wickets at a good strike rate of 16 and a decent economy considering his pace which is 7.17.

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