IPL: Alzarri to Ishant, Indian Premier League’s best bowling figures – Cricket News


“A dot ball in Twenty20 is like gold,” South African great Shaun Pollock once said, emphasising the difficulty of executing a dot ball in T20 cricket. The format, often criticised for being too batsman-friendly, is an extremely popular form of the game wherein a batsman can single-handedly turn a match on its head with a breathtaking cameo. But the game has evolved over the years, with bowlers having developed new skills, and they are now equally capable of winning games.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed numerous game-changing spells. It has also provided a platform for rookie bowlers to showcase their talent. A three-wicket haul in a 20-over game is considered a remarkable achievement, and the IPL has recorded just 20 five-wicket hauls in 12 seasons.

Here’s a look at the best bowling figures in the history of IPL.

1) Alzarri Joseph: 3.4-1-12-6 (Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium)

The Mumbai Indians bowler has the best bowling figures in an IPL match. The Windies pacer picked up six wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 edition in his debut season, breaking an 11-year-old record held by Sohail Tanvir. Joseph only played three matches before suffering an injury and did not pick up a single wicket in the other two matches he played, but he made a difference when his team needed it most. MI was defending a low total of 136 and Joseph’s spell helped the team bundle SRH out for 96.

Mumbai Indians pacer Alzarri Joseph broke Sohail Tanvir’s 11-year-old record of registering the best bowling figures in an IPL innings with this spell.   –  K.V.S. GIRI

 

2) Sohail Tanvir: 4-0-14-6 vs (Sawai Mansingh Stadium)

Sohail Tanvir of Rajasthan Royals produced a magical spell in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008 when he took the Chennai Super Kings batting apart with a six-wicket haul. The spell, which included a staggering 17 dot balls, helped his team to a comfortable eight-wicket victory. The Pakistan pacer only played one season, but he took 22 wickets in 11 games and played a pivotal role in RR’s title win.

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Rajasthan Royals’ Sohail Tanvir was the first bowler in IPL to claim six wickets in an innings.   –  R.V. MOORTHY

 

3) Adam Zampa: 4-0-19-6 (ACA-VDCA Stadium)

In 2016, Rising Pune Supergiants’ Adam Zampa became the second bowler in the history of the IPL to take six wickets in an innings. He ran through the Sunrisers Hyderabad line-up and restricted them to 137/8 in 20 overs. But Zampa’s side fell short of the target by four runs. The Aussie leg-spinner played 11 matches in the tournament and picked up 19 wickets, and he last featured in the IPL in May 2017.

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In 2016, Adam Zampa became only the second bowler in the history of IPL to take six wickets in an innings.   –  K.R. DEEPAK

 

4) Anil Kumble: 3.1-1-5-5 (Newlands)

Indian spin great Anil Kumble featured in three seasons of the IPL between 2008 and 2010, capturing 45 wickets in 42 matches. In 2009, he steered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a thumping 75-run victory against Rajasthan Royals in Newlands. RCB was defending a modest total of 133 and had reduced RR to 28-5 after 4.5 overs. Kumble was then introduced into the attack and he wrapped up the middle order and tail by picking up all the remaining five wickets. Kumble took 21 wickets that season.

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Anil Kumble’s figures of 3.1-5-5 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore successfully defend 133 and cruise to a 75-run win against Rajasthan Royals.   –  AP

 

5) Ishant Sharma: 3-0-12-5 (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium)

Playing for Deccan Chargers in 2011, Ishant Sharma claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in the IPL against Kochi Tuskers Kerala. The Tuskers only needed 130 runs to win from 20 overs, but they were derailed early in the chase thanks to Sharma’s explosive opening spell. They were reduced to 6/11 after four overs, with Sharma picking five of the six wickets. Mahela Jayawardena’s side was eventually bowled out for 74. Sharma has taken 72 wickets from 89 matches in his IPL career and is currently part of Delhi Capitals.

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Kochi Tuskers Kerala needed 130 runs to win from 20 overs. It reduced to 6/11 after four overs, with Sharma picking five of the six wickets.   –  H. VIBHU

 

List of other five-wicket hauls:

Bowler

Figures

Opposition

Edition

Lasith Malinga

3.4-1-13-5

DD

2011

Ankit Rajpoot

4-0-14-5

SRH

2018

James Faulkner

4-1-16-5

SRH

2013

Ravindra Jadeja

4-0-16-5

DC

2012

Amit Mishra

4-0-17-5

DC

2008

Andrew Tye

4-0-17-5

RPS

2017

Harbhajan Singh

4-0-18-5

CSK

2011

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

4-0-19-5

KXIP

2017

Sunil Narine

4-0-19-5

KXIP

2012

James Faulkner

4-0-20-5

SRH

2013

Munaf Patel

4-0-21-5

KXIP

2011

Lakshmipathy Balaji

4-0-24-5

KXIP

2008

Jaydev Unadkat

4-0-25-5

DD

2013

Dimitri Mascarenhas

4-0-25-5

PWI

2012

Jaydev Unadkat

4-1-30-5

SRH

2017

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