The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the top T20 league on the planet. Many lives have changed thanks to this league. Almost every international player wants to play in the IPL. There are two main things behind that desire. The first is the presence of the big names in the tourney.
Cricketers can sharpen their skills by playing against the best. The second is money. The fans would have gotten a clearer idea of the second factor at the Indian premier league Auction 2021. The batsmen always tend to hit big in IPL. So, it is a tough job to control the run flow. Here’s a look a the top five most economical bowlers in IPL history.
(Note: Bowlers who have bowled minimum 100 IPL overs are considered)
5. Daniel Vettori – 6.78
New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori holds the fifth spot on this list. Vettori has been away from the IPL for a long. He has even had a coaching stint. Vettori captained RCB in the IPL. He also turned up for Delhi in his career.
Vettori played 34 IPL matches. He bowled 129.3 overs in the tourney. The southpaw picked up 28 wickets at an average of 31.36. His best figures were 3/15 in IPL. The best part was his economy rate of 6.78.
4. Sunil Narine – 6.78
Sunil Narine is one of the MVPs in IPL history. He has represented only KKR in his career. Narine has the same economy rate as Daniel Vettori. But he has played more games. Also, Narine has bowled close to 500 overs in IPL.
Playing for KKR, Narine has bowled 464.1 overs in 120 matches. He has scalped 127 wickets. Narine has seven four-wicket hauls to his name. His economy rate of 6.78 helps KKR keep things under control. Narine will don the KKR jersey again in IPL 2021.
3. Muttiah Muralitharan – 6.63
Another spinner to appear on this list Muttiah Muralitharan. The Sri Lankan legend did not have a long IPL career. Still, he made much impact with his bowling skills. Muttiah first played for CSK. Later, he donned the KTK and RCB jerseys.
Muralitharan has played 66 matches. He bowled 254 overs for the three franchises. He bowled one maiden and picked up 64 wickets. His economy rate was just 6.63. Also, Muralitharan had the best figures of 3/11 in the tournament.
2. Anil Kumble – 6.58
Anil Kumble is the most economical Indian bowler in tournament history. Among the Indian bowlers who have delivered 100 overs, Kumble conceded the least runs. The right-arm leggie played for RCB. He even skippered the franchise. Kumble took a wicket on the last ball of his IPL career.
In three seasons for RCB, Kumble played 42 matches. He bowled 160.5 overs. That tally comprised one maiden. Kumble was successful in taking three four-wicket hauls for RCB. His best figures were 5/5, whereas his economy rate was 6.58. Undoubtedly, Anil Kumble was a great asset for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first three years of the Indian Premier League.
1. Most economical bowler with 100 overs in IPL: Rashid Khan – 6.25
Players from across the world have played in the IPL. However, the most economical bowler in IPL history, with a minimum of 100 overs in the tournament, is Afghanistan’s, Rashid Khan. The Sunrisers Hyderabad signed him in the auction. Khan has played every Indian premier league season of his career for the Orange Army. So far, Rashid has represented SRH in 62 games.
Rashid Khan has bowled 246 overs, of which four have been maiden overs. Khan’s economy rate is just 6.25. It means that if Rashid bowls four overs in an IPL match for SRH, he gives away only 25 runs. Also, Rashid has 75 wickets to his name. He is one of the top contenders to win the Purple Cap award in the 2021 season.