The league stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 witnessed several superb performances with the bat, ball, and even in the field with some spectacular catches.
Delhi Capitals (DC), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have secured a place in the playoffs, with a nail-biting finish on the final day with the all-time favorites Mumbai Indians (MI) almost making it to the business end of the league.
We have witnessed some amazing displays of skill in both the legs of IPL throughout. In the bowling category, Indian as well as foreign bowlers registered good numbers in tough and challenging conditions in the UAE.
Medium pacers, pacers as well as spinners got enough purchase from the wickets as they contributed hugely in deciding the outcome of most of the matches.
Now let’s take a look at some top bowling performances throughout the League Stage:
1. Harshal Patel:
Harshal Patel has easily been the find of IPL for RCB this season. His intelligent bowling and clever changes of pace and length have helped him outfox even the best of batters.
The angle with which he releases the ball makes it even more difficult for the batsman to pick the slower ball. His 30 wickets in 14 matches are proof of his consistency and the bowler will be eager to add some more to his name when the playoffs begin.
2. Avesh Khan:
The Delhi Capitals pacer is yet another bowler who has produced great results while being under the shadow of his fellow pacers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada.
The 22 wickets in 14 matches is one of the main reasons of his team finishing at the top and have placed him second to Harshal Patel in the wicket-takers list and the final phase of the competition can provide more opportunities for him to add to that tally, and with such performances, an India call up isn’t too far for the Indori boy.
3. Jasprit Bumrah:
This list would certainly be incomplete without India’s talisman pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Although he would be utterly disappointed to see his team not qualify for the playoffs, which is quite rare, on a personal front, the pacer ended on a high with 21 wickets as he bowled well in the death overs and troubled the batters with his iconic Yorkers and change of pace, who were trying to take him on.
Good thing for India though, our Boom Boom will be heading onto the T20 World Cup with some great form.
4. Mohammed Shami:
Punjab Kings endured yet another poor campaign, finishing sixth in the points table. However, veteran pacer Mohammed Shami continued with his great form from the international arena and delivered as he always does when the going got tough for the KL Rahul lead team.
Shami ended IPL 2021 with 19 wickets.
5. Rashid Khan:
Rashid Khan is placed fifth in the wicket-takers list with 18 wickets in 14 games at an economy of 6.69. He bamboozled the batters, as he always does, with his well-disguised googlies and bowled cleverly especially in spin-friendly UAE pitches, with subtle changes in pace all along.