IPL : Top 5 best spells in the history of IPL

IPL ( Indian Premier League)

The modern-day cricket has predominantly become a batsman’s game. A lot of factors have given batsmen the edge over bowlers.

There was a time when the bowlers used to dominate the game.

White ball cricket can make bowlers feel secondary. The topic of cricket being a batsman’s game is highly debatable.

A bowler should be given his due credit for his performance, right?

The Indian Premier League(IPL) is a T20 league that is conducted by BCCI every year. It is the world’s most-watched cricket league.

Players from all over the globe take part in IPL.

Indian pitches during the IPL are mostly batting-friendly. This article is about the top 5 bowling spells in the history of IPL.


Ishant Sharma’s 5-12 vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011 IPL

Ishant Sharma hailing from Delhi is a quick and tall lad. His service to Indian cricket has been highly underrated.

He has enjoyed most of his success in test cricket.

Here is one instance of his wicket-taking ability.

DC(Deccan Chargers) had scored an average of 129/7 in their first innings. Chasing 130 KTK had a pretty dismal start.

They were 6/11 at one stage and were bowled out for 74.

Sharma bagged a 5fer whereas Steyn also picked up 3 wickets. They won the game by 55 runs.

Anil Kumble’s 5-5 vs Rajasthan Royals in 2009 IPL

Anil Kumble, the spin legend has 956 wickets to his name in his international career.

Batting first, RCB(Royal Challengers Bangalore) had posted a total of 133/8, thanks to Dravid’s 66.

Chasing 134 to win RR faltered from the start. They were 28/5 and were bundled out for 58.

Kumble picked up his fifer and RCB won the game by 75 runs.

Adam Zampa’s 6-19 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016

This spell by the Australian leggie is very underrated since RPS(Rising Pune Supergiants) is now defunct.

SRH was cruising at 96/2 when he removed Yuvraj Singh.

He picked up the next six wickets.

SRH was finally restricted to 137/8 in the first innings.

Unfortunately, RPS lost the game by just four runs.

Zampa however, was adjudged the man of the match for the game.

Sohail Tanvir’s 6-14 vs Chennai Super Kings in 2008

This was the inaugural edition of the IPL.

Pakistani players were given a clean chit to play during this phase.

CSK were batting first and were on the back foot from the very beginning.

The Pakistani left-armer demolished the batting order.

CSK ended up with a dismal 109 which was easily chased by RR with 8 wickets in hand.

He held this record of best bowling spell for 11 years.

Alzarri Joseph’s 6-12 vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019

MI(Mumbai Indians) had finished with 136/7 in the first innings.

Making his debut, Alzarri Joseph decided to take matters into his own hands. He made sure his name was heard.

SRH openers were looking good when he was brought into the attack.

He created havoc by picking up 6 wickets on his debut.

SRH was down and out for 96.

MI won the game by 40 runs. Kudos to MI for always backing young talents.




About the author

Snehasish Pattanayak is an avid cricket follower. A student who is currently pursuing B.Tech , he first came across the game of cricket in 2007 when India won the inaugural T20 World Cup , since then there has been no looking back ."Cricket is my first love",says Snehasish.

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