It is said that, in T20 cricket, the team that has better quality bowlers dominates the contest and usually ends up winning nerve-wracking battles. If it’s the playoffs and teams are able to defend scores of 140-160, then one can very well imagine the prowess of those players, to be able to get wickets or be economical in tight moments.
In this regard, the Indian Premier League, arguably the greatest T20 tournament in the World, has been fortunate to have provided a platform for many such exciting cricketers who possess the ability to turn the tides in their favor.
The fact that the upcoming edition of IPL will take place in UAE where the conditions offer more turns than pace and bounce, one can expect the spinners to exhibit dominance. Pacers too, in no time, will figure out a way to extract dismissals.
Let’s take a look at five players who could possibly end up getting hands onto the purple cap in IPL 2020.
Jasprit Bumrah ( Mumbai Indians )
The Men in Blue are fortunate in every sense to have a match-winner yorker specialist like Jasprit Bumrah, who bowls in real crunch moments, yet, he manages to steer his side to the glory.
Last four seasons, Bumrah has been consistent in picking atleast 15 wickets, which backed by his overall economy of 7.56 and an average of 26.62 tells how effective he has been in the powerplay and death overs.
Though he is just 26-year-old, Bumrah is rated as the best Indian pacer at present, and comfortably finds himself in the all-time XIs of Mumbai Indians and IPL.
Rashid Khan ( Sunrisers Hyderabad )
One can go on and on about Rashid Khan and how tricky it is for the batsmen to pick his deliveries, and though there are plenty of footage available over the internet, he still manages to surprise many with his quick arm googlies and leg-breaks.
The Afgani cricketer has been competing in IPL since 2017, and so far has grabbed 55 wickets averaging 21.69, with economies under 7 in each editions.
The turning tracks at Sharjah and Abu Dhabi will give considerable advantage to the spin wizard in extracting dismissals.
Ravichandran Ashwin ( Delhi Capitals )
Be it carromball, off-spin, top-spin, or a slider, Ravichandran Ashwin can pull out any variation from his kitty and get the required breakthrough, as is visible from his IPL number wherein he has grabbed 125 wickets at an economy of 6.79.
Ashwin has been a part of 130+ IPL matches and now, with the IPL 2020 being held in the spinner friendly conditions of UAE and the fact that he holds such a humongous experience in the shortest format, one could see him as one of the highest wicket takers in the tournament.
Deepak Chahar ( Chennai Super Kings )
Deepak Chahar’s swinging deliveries are a delight to watch. In the last couple of seasons, he has been spearheading the bowling attack for CSK, with his best numbers being recorded in the 2019 edition of IPL.
Averaging 21.90, Chahar picked 22 wickets in 17 matches, and was one of the core reasons behind CSK making way to the playoffs and then the finals.
One can make an estimate of how skillful a bowler is if he’s backed relentlessly by legend MS Dhoni in the powerplay, making it all the more exciting for the audience sitting at home to see him in action this season.
Shreyas Gopal ( Rajasthan Royals )
He is among those bowlers who have witnessed a meteoric rise in their career since the last two editions of IPL. The Karanataka leggie has bagged enthralling figures in IPL – average of 19.34, 38 wickets, and economy of 7.56.
Gopal has been highly successful in dismissing the likes of T20 greats like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, and against RCB, he averages an astonishing 5.33 with 12 scalpings to his name.
His deceptive googlies have done wonders in Indian conditions, and its about time they do the same in UAE.
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