Through the years great spinners of cricket have graced the Indian Premier League / IPL with their magic, Spinners have a big role to play in the shortest format of the game as they take the pace away from the ball.
Spin Bowling is a technique in Cricket, in which the ball is delivered slowly but with the potential to deviate sharply after bouncing and the bowler is referred to as Spinner.
Here’s the list of Top 10 IPL Best Spinners over the years:
1) Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra is the most successful wicket taking spinner in the IPL history.
In 150 matches he has taken 160 wickets with an average of 24.19 and Econ of 7.34.
This is the highest tally by Indian cricketer in the IPL. Behind Lasith Malinga he is overall a very successful bowler.
Mishra plays for Delhi Capitals and has the most hat-tricks in the IPL tournament.
2) Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla plays with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL and has become one of the most dependable players in the team.
Equally talented with the bat as he is with the ball, Chawla comes at number three in after Lasith Malinga and Amit Mishra in scoring maximum wickets.
Piyush Chawla average is 27.32 and Econ of 7.87 and in 164 matches he has taken 156 wickets.
3) Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh is one of the most experienced players in the IPL.
Harbhajan Singh was India’s premier spinner in International Matches and was a regular feature in the Mumbai Indians before moving to Chennai Super Kings.
Harbhajan Singh stats makes him stand at fifth position in overall IPL stats however he didn’t play the IPL 2020 because of COVID-19 Pandemic but still his performance is better than many .
His average is 26.44 and Econ of 7.05 and he has taken 150 wickets in 160 matches.
4) Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the most respected spinners in the world.
His presence to Delhi Capitals has made an important addition to their ranks through a trade with Kings XI Punjab.
The wily off-spinner has been legendary with his performances in IPL.
Ashwin has accumulated 138 wickets from 154 IPL matches. His average – 26.81 and Econ is – 6.87 in IPL.
5) Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine is one of the wiliest spinners in T20 cricket. Sunil Narine is the mainstay of Kolkata Knight Riders bowling attack for years.
Narine, an opener by KKR, has given blazing starts to his side and became a threat to the opposition in the early part of the innings.
Narine is a constant presence for Kolkata Knight Riders and is a proven match-winner.
He has picked up 127 wickets from 120 matches in the IPL, average – 24.77 and Econ of 6.77 runs per wicket.
6) Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal is Team India’s permanent wrist spinner in the limited overs formats.
Chahal became the first Indian bowler to have picked up a five-wicket haul in T20Is. Chahal who has been a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2014, has gone on to take 23 and 21 wickets in the 2015 and 2016 season of the league.
With his knack of picking wickets at regular intervals, Chahal made his debut for Team India that toured Zimbabwe in 2016 and was later given an opportunity against England in the T20Is, which he grabbed to the fullest.
He has picked up 121 wickets from 99 matches in the IPL, average – 22.50 and Econ of 7.67.
7) Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as India’s No. 1 bowler across all formats. His transition from white-ball cricket to red ball has been seamless and he now has five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia.
From getting Virat Kohli as his debut IPL wicket, Bumrah’s stature has grown rapidly and he is a vital cog in Mumbai Indians wheel.
If the IPL is all about spotting Indian talent and giving them the platform, the credit for Bumrah’s rapid rise must go to Mumbai Indians.
Jasprit Bumrah has accumulated 109 wickets from 92 IPL matches. His average – 23.71 and Econ is – 7.41 in IPL.
8) Axar Patel
Axar Patel is the bowling all-rounder from Gujarat.
In 2019 he joined Delhi Capitals for a whopping Rs 5 crore at the IPL auctions making him the second most expensive player for the franchise.
He was later retained by the Delhi franchise for the IPL 2020 as well. Axar economical left-arm spin bowling and handy batting lower down the order made him an asset for India in the limited-overs formats, with his left-arm orthodox spin perfectly complementing the leg-spinners in the ranks.
He has picked up 80 wickets from 97 matches in the IPL, average – 30.70 and Econ of 7.29 runs per wicket.
9) Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir At 37 years of age, Imran Tahir became the World No.1 bowler in the shortest format of the game.
After representing Delhi Daredevils for two seasons, Tahir was included in the Rising Pune Supergiant squad for two seasons.
The tenth edition of the league saw excellent performances by Tahir as he ended up picking 18 wickets in that season.
Tahir is part of Chennai Super Kings in 2020. He has picked up 80 wickets from 58 matches in the IPL, average – 21.08 and Econ of 7.83.
10) Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan an Afghanistan leggie, ever since his debut IPL season in 2017, Rashid has garnered all the right eyeballs owing to his mastery with the ball.
The leg-spinner turned in a few memorable match-winning efforts in Sunrisers Hyderabad journey to the finals of the 2018 edition.
He took 21 wickets and emerged as the second-highest wicket taker in that edition. Over the years he has been one of the most sought after players in T20 leagues and with a wealth of experience, he is a threat to the opposition.
In 62 matches he has taken 75 wickets with an average of 20.49 and an Econ of 6.24.
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