See who has been rated as the best in the IPL based on their statistics.
When Twenty20 cricket was invented it was seen as the downfall of the bowler in the shortest version of the game, that no matter what they bowled, they would be seen as cannon fodder for the world’s best.
However, with the Indian Premier League about to enter its seventh year some of the most outstanding performances seen have been from the men with the ball.
fanatix looks back on who have made a big impact for their teams with the ball, as an indication of how much they might be worth ahead of the player action, which shapes as the most exciting in the history of the competition.
All statistics correct as of January 23, 2014.
|103||Lasith Malinga||Mumbai Indians||2009–2013||73||73||282.2||5||1849||5/13||17.95||6.54||16.4|
|95||Amit Mishra||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2008–2013||76||76||277.2||4||1924||5/17||20.25||6.93||17.5|
|87||R. P. Singh||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2008–2013||78||78||283.5||2||2227||4/22||25.59||7.84||19.5|
|85||Pragyan Ojha||Mumbai Indians||2008–2013||79||77||268.3||0||1929||3/11||22.69||7.18||18.9|
|84||Piyush Chawla||Kings XI Punjab||2008–2013||87||87||297.2||2||2237||4/17||26.63||7.52||21.2|
The Sri Lankan wizard Lasith Malinga comes in the top spot in the past six years of the competition having amassed an impressive 103 wickets since his debut in 2009.
Featuring a best innings performance of 5-13, Malinga can be one of the hardest bowlers to get away in world cricket, with his unusual, slingy action seeing the ball being released from a position not seen by any other fast bowler in the world.
And while the pace in which he bowls means things can sometimes go wrong for Malinga, but when he’s on his game, the skiddy deliveries on Indian pitches, means he can be a match-winner on his day.