The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League saw a number of bowlers stand up and deliver impressive performances. Here’s a look at the top five bowlers in IPL 7.
Mohit Sharma: The medium pacer from Chennai Super Kings, who has also represented India with moderate success in the few games that he has played, finished as the Purple Cap holder. In 16 matches, he claimed 23 wickets, at a high economy rate of 8.3. It was his strike rate that was most impressive, that of 14. Sharma picked up one four-wicket haul at an excellent average of 19.6. His best bowling figures in the event were 4 for 14. Undoubtedly, he was the most impressive of all bowlers in the event.
Sunil Narine: Thegreat T20 spinner played a stellar role in Kolkata Knight Riders’ win, just like he did in 2012. Even after all these years, batsmen are yet to figure out a way to deal with Narine’s mystery deliveries. In 16 matches, he finished with 21 wickets at a wonderful economy rate of 6.3. Narine’s strike rate in the event was 18. He claimed two four-wicket hauls, and had an impressive average of 19.3. Narine’s best figures in IPL 7 were 4 for 20.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: If David Warner starred with the bat for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kumar was the best performer for them with the ball. In 14 matches, he picked up 20 wickets at an economy rate of 6.6. Kumar maintained a strike rate of 16 in the event, and picked up one four-wicket haul with a best of 4 for 14. Kumar’s average in the event was 17.7. He rarely bowled a poor spell in the tournament, and outshone his senior Dale Steyn.
Ravindra Jadeja: The left-arm spinner from Chennai Super Kings was among the wickets again. In 16 matches, he claimed 19 wickets. Jadeja’s strike rate in the event was 17, but his economy rate was higher at 8.15. The seasoned Jadeja claimed two four-wicket hauls in the tournament, with a best of 4 for 12. His average in the event was slightly higher at 23.3, which means he wasn’t as effective as some of the other leading wicket-takers in the event.
Sandeep Sharma: The medium pacer from Kings XI Punjab did not feature in the final, but he ended up among the top five wicket-takers in the event. In 11 matches, Sharma claimed 18 wickets at a strike rate of 13.3. It was his economy rate that was a problem for Punjab, which was touching 9. Sharma’s average in the event was 19.6. He did not pick up a single four-wicket haul. Sharma’s best figures in the tournament were 3 for 15. In hindsight, Punjab might be wondering if they should have risked him in the final on Sunday considering his ability to grab wickets.
--By A Cricket Analyst