IPL 2020: 5 death bowlers hard to score off
Here's listing five death bowlers who will be a luxury for their captain in the IPL 2020 slog overs:
Most would not take exception to the argument that Kagiso Rabada is the best overseas bowler featuring in this edition of the Indian Premier League. Rabada was an out and out success for Delhi Capitals last year and his effectiveness was highlighted even more when the team struggled in his absence.
Rabada picked up 25 wickets from 12 matches in IPL 2019 and bowled at an economy of 7.82. This is when he bowled all the tough overs. If there was one bowler who knew how to stop Andre Russell last year, it was Rabada and he will be a tough bowler to get away this year as well, with his quick short of length deliveries and on-point yorkers.
Underrated West Indian quick Keemo Paul complemented Rabada quite well for Delhi Capitals last year. From 8 matches, Paul picked up 9 wickets at an economy of 8.72, which was quite good, given that most others were going at 10 RPO or more.
Keemo Paul first came into recognition when he took 5/15 in a T20I against Bangladesh. Paul has an arsenal of slower deliveries and can also crank it up when required. He will form a lethal combination with Rabada for Delhi Capitals at the death.
Dale Steyn could feature in only two matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore last year in which he picked up 4 wickets, while bowling at an economy of 8.62, but he was far more impactful for the side then the numbers suggest.
It was only when Steyn joined RCB mid-season that the team began to win. The energy that the pacer brought with him somewhat turned the fortunes for RCB as well. If Steyn can maintain his fitness, he will be a handful for the opposition batsmen to get away, even at the fag end of his career.
There is nothing much that needs to be said about an Indian bowler who is at the peak of his powers. Death bowling is Bumrah's zone and he knows it better than most others on the planet.
Bumrah picked up 19 wickets for Mumbai Indians last year from 16 games and bowled at an economy of 6.63, which is as good as it gets in this format of the game. Bumrah's clever use of yorkers, slower deliveries, bumpers and slow bouncers makes him a nightmare for even the best of the finishers to score off.
Jofra Archer has been the strike bowler for Rajasthan Royals for a couple of years now. He has picked up a total of 26 wickets from 21 IPL matches at an average of 23.69 and an economy of 7.52. In 2019, he conceded runs at just 6.76 RPO while taking 11 wickets from as many matches.
Archer has all the variety that one can think of, but his pace and the meanest of bouncers are his primary weapons, which will keep the batsmen honest at the death.
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