The season 11 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) is just around 2 months and the excitement is quickly reaching its peak. The team finalized their squad this month as the auction involving for over 500 players took place on 27th and 28th January in Bengaluru. While the focus of the franchise looked firmly on picking up youngsters and uncapped talented players, the headlines were made by those senior pros who missed out on getting picked up.
Over the 10 years, the Indian Premier League has seen some of the world’s best players showcase their talent in various cities across the country. While T20 is generally seen as the batsman game, there is no doubting the fact that some of the bowling performances in the IPL have been probably the best ever in world cricket.
While the seamers have dominated the wickets, it’s the spin contingent which has led the way in stifling the run flow. However, in this piece, we will look at the 5 seamers who have had the best economy rate in the IPL history.
Dale Steyn – 6.72 Economy
The main headline that came out of the auction was regarding Dale Steyn, as the South African paceman wasn’t picked up by any side. The 34-year-old has picked up close to 100 IPL wickets at a staggering economy of 6.72. He started his IPL career playing for RCB, before shifting base to Deccan Chargers, which was later renamed Sunrisers Hyderabad. He enjoyed a lot of success during his stint with SRH and became their primary wicket-taker. In the 2016 auction, he was bought by Gujarat Lions, with whom he played one season, following which he missed the 2017 season due to an injury.
Currently struggling to get back into full fitness, Dale Steyn is troubled the best batsmen in the world at his peak. He is known for his excessive pace and once even clocked 156.2 KMPH while playing for RCB against KKR.
Lasith Malinga – 6.86 Economy
Another legend of the game who was shockingly not bought at the recently concluded IPL auction. Malinga, who is also the highest wicket-taker in IPL history was feared across the world by batsmen for his uncanny ability to bowl toe-crushing yorkers at will. He was the world best death bowlers for many years before the likes of Jasprit Bumrah emerged on the scene.
Malinga started his IPL career playing with Rajasthan Royals but only in the 2nd year of the competition changed his team to join Mumbai Indians, with whom he became the bowler that was feared so much. And even though he helped the Mumbai Indians lift three IPL trophies, he wasn’t retained by the team this year as they choose to go with an all Indian trio.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 7.08 Economy
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has slowly turned into one of the best bowlers in the world not only in limited over format but also in test cricket. The 27-year-old has won the Purple Cap in the IPL for two consecutive seasons now and is 6th in the overall list of highest wicket-taker.
But what has been most impressive about him over these last two years is that apart from picking wickets at regular intervals, Bhuvneshwar has managed to restrict the flow of run as well and especially in the death overs. Having played for both RCB and Pune Warriors India, he enjoyed his first taste of success when he joined Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014. His continued rise in world cricket over the last few months was just one of the few reasons why SRH didn’t hesitate at all in deciding to retain him.
Mitchell Starc – 7.16 Economy
While Malinga and Styen made headlines for not being bought at the auction, Australian paceman Mitchell Starc made the headlines early on Day 1 for the amount he had bought for by Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR after some serious bidding war with the other including his former team RCB, managed to snap him with a ₹9.4 crore bid.
Having played 3 seasons of IPL with RCB, Starc parted ways with the franchise in 2017 in order to focus on his international career. However, now that he has become one of the most expensive bowlers in the IPL, one would guess that his focus will be firmly on helping KKR win their 3rd IPL trophy.
Doug Bollinger – 7.21 Economy
A few of you might be surprised to his Doug Bollinger’s name on this list, but for any who can’t remember him. Well, let us tell you that he was one of the most important reasons why Chennai Super Kings won their 1st ever IPL title in 2010. The Australian seamer played 3 seasons with the Chennai Super Kings from 2010-2012 before he went unsold in the 2013 auction and we haven’t seen him back in the league since then.