IPL 2020: 5 bowlers likely to finish as top wicket-takers
Here's listing five bowlers who are expected to be among the top wicket-takers in IPL 2020:
You don't need numbers to back the impact someone like Jasprit Bumrah has. He is great at the death but the slinger is far from being just that. Over the last couple of years, he has developed the knack of taking wickets in the powerplay as well and has the ability to move around the new ball if the conditions are favourable, as we saw in the 2019 ODI World Cup.
His last two overs are still a bank and although he has not been quite at his best of late, he is the first name that comes to mind when picking the expected top wicket-takers for IPL 2020.
The only spinner to find a place in the list, Rashid Khan is an enigma that batsmen in T20 cricket have not been able to crack. From 32 IPL matches since 2018, Rashid has picked up 38 wickets at an average of 21.97 and a brilliant economy of 6.52.
The reason why he does not get as many wickets now as he did when he first burst onto the scene is that the batsmen have developed much more respect for him. They now try to see off his overs and take their chances against other bowlers in the SRH line-up. Nevertheless, he is one of the contenders to finish among the top wicket-takers this year.
While Kagiso Rabada could pick up just 6 wickets from as many games in his first IPL season in 2017, he returned as a much improved and experienced bowler in 2019 when the Protea quick set the stage on fire, picking up 25 wickets from 12 games at an average of under 15 and an economy of 7.52.
Last year, Rabada picked up wickets in clusters, with the best of 4/21 and bowled at a strike rate of 11.28. It would not be a stretch to say that Rabada is the best overseas pacer in the IPL and if he can maintain his fitness, he almost guarantees a finish among the top 5 bowlers this year.
Jofra Archer would have probably missed the entire IPL 2020 had the league taken place at its original time. But after the tournament had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Archer got the opportunity to recover from his elbow injury.
He was lukewarm in the tests against West Indies and Pakistan but has bounced back to form in the white ball games against Australia and will be a handful for the batsmen in the IPL.
Last year, Archer took 11 wickets from as many games, bowling at an economy of 6.76 and will be one of the primary assets for Rajasthan this year as well.
While Pat Cummins is an absolute sensation in test cricket and ODIs, in my opinion, he is not among the best bowlers in the world in T20 cricket.
However, now that he has been picked by KKR for a huge amount of Rs 15.5 crores, there are certain expectations of the Australian quick. One can only hope that he repays the faith of the management by being among the wickets.
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