It’s obviously true that the quicker a wicket is taken, the better it is for the bowling unit in T20s, it is genuinely demonstrated that taking 3-4 wickets in the powerplay has brought about much a bigger number of wins than defeats.
Yet, snapping out wickets in the initial six overs, with the new ball, requires extraordinary expertise, swing and precision on the ball, so that the batsmen can barely time it, yet the bowler needs to make sure that the ball doesn’t miss the edge of the bat.
Discussing the IPL, we have seen some extraordinary bowling exhibitions and matches getting squared off in the powerplay itself.
In this article, we are going to go through 5 most successful wicket-takers in the powerplay in the IPL:-
1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar – (54 Wickets)
It is nothing unexpected that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is right up at the top in this, for the 32-year-old is without a doubt our country’s best pacer with the new ball having the tip top range of abilities of swinging the balls the two different ways and furthermore drawing in crease development from the surface while staying with the extreme channel of line and length.
Bhuvneshwar, who has played for RCB, Pune Warriors and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, has taken 154 wickets in the IPL and 54 of which have come in the powerplay, the most by any bowler within this period of play.
2. Sandeep Sharma – (53 Wickets)
Known for having an edge over Virat Kohli, Sandeep Sharma’s in swing and out swing is among the most threatening one in the IPL. The Punjab Kings pacer, who has also been a part of SRH previously, has nipped out 53 wickets in the powerplay in the IPL out of his tally of 114 wickets in the prestigious tournament.
3. Umesh Yadav – (53 Wickets)
The man with raw power & pace, Umesh Yadav likewise has high speed which makes him as one of the deadliest pacers with the new ball, in any case, his unfortunate death bowling abilities imply that the team captains have been compelled to complete his overs prior.
Regardless, Umesh has likewise taken 53 wickets in his IPL career wherein he’s taken in 135 wickets having been a part of Delhi, KKR and RCB in the 14 seasons, starting around 2009.
4. Zaheer Khan – (52 Wickets)
Effectively India’s one of the best left-arm seamer and one of the most outstanding the nation has produced, Zaheer Khan drove India’s fast bowling attack for 10 years and assisted the country with winning the 2011 World Cup.
In his stint as a player in the IPL, traversing from 2008 to 2017, Zaheer wore pullovers of Mumbai Indians, RCB and Delhi, taking a sum of 102 wickets – 52 of which were in the initial six overs.
5. Ravichandran Ashwin – (46 Wickets)
A truly clever cricketer, Ravichandran Ashwin is one of a handful of the spinners who have succeeded bowling in the powerplay in the IPL. Aside from the off-spinner and top-spinner, a finger’s spinner’s fundamental conveyances, Ashwin has a circle of variations, including the carrom ball and also recently he has developed the skill of bowling the leg-spinner so that he can also get an edge over the right-handed batter.
Ashwin spent his initial 8 seasons at CSK, then, at that point, several seasons with RPSG, then he was roped in by Punjab as their captain for two or three years, following which he enjoyed another two seasons with Delhi Capitals. This year he was purchased by Rajasthan Royals.
Ashwin, who has bagged 157 IPL wickets, has 46 powerplay scalps to his name.