T20 cricket is seen mostly as a batsman’s game, however, over the 10 years of Indian Premier League, we have witnessed some terrific spell of bowling not only from the foreign contingent but also from the Indian players. Picking up a 5-wicket haul in a T20 match is a highly notable achievement and could be compared to a batsman’s score of 90 or 100. In international T20 cricket, only 23 5-wicket hauls have been taken the latest being Bhuvneshwar Kumar against South Africa in the 1st T20 recently. Here we look at 5 bowlers with most 5-wicket hauls in IPL history, featuring Jaydev Unadkat.
Players with most 5-wicket hauls in Indian Premier League:
1. Jaydev Unadkat – 2
Having picked up 56 wickets in just 47 matches, with an impressive economy of 8, it was no surprise to see Jaydev Unadkat becoming the most expensive Indian player in the recently held IPL auction. Returning Rajasthan Royal splashed out INR 11.5 crore to acquire his services. The 26-year-old has picked up 2 five-wicket hauls in IPL history. The first one came playing for RCB against Delhi Daredevils in the 2013 season, where his 5 for 25 helped RCB seal the win and the man of the match trophy for himself.
Second 5-wicket haul came playing for Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017 season, where his hat-trick in the final over helped RPS defend the small total of 148, and help Unadkat register most 5-wicket hauls in Indian Premier League history.
2. James Faulkner – 2
One of the best T20 all-rounders going in the business, it was shocking to see the Australian not being picked up in the recently held auction. However, 27-year-old has the rare distinction of picking up two 5-wicket hauls in a single IPL season. While playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 IPL season, the Australian pacer ended the season as the second highest wicket-taker with 28 wickets including two 5-wicket hauls in the 2 matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad. His best performance came on May 17th as he picked up a five-for for just 16 runs, and registered the joint most 5-wicket hauls in Indian Premier League.
3. Andrew Tye – 1
Probably the best T20 bowler in the world right now, Andrew Tye was a hot property in the IPL auction held in January. The Australian’s name was followed by an intense bidding war before Kings XI Punjab managed to snap him up for a whopping INR 7.2 crores. Last season while playing against RPS, Andrew Tye bowled one of the best spells in the history of IPL as he took 5 wickets for just 17 runs. The 31-year-old has a very deceptive slower ball, which he is not afraid to use at regular intervals. His performance in the upcoming season could shape Punjab’s season.
4. Adam Zampa – 1
Only the second bowler in the history of Indian Premier League to pick 6 wickets in a single inning, Adam Zampa was another shock from this year’s auction as he went unsold. The 26-year-old was playing for the Rising Pune Supergiants in the 9th season against Sunrisers Hyderabad when he picked 6 wickets for just 19 runs. His wickets included the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Kane Williamson and Moises Henriques. In total Zampa picked up 9 wickets from his 11 outing in the IPL.
5. Sohail Tanvir – 1
There is no denying the fact that absence of Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League has affected the overall quality of the cricket, given how well they did in the first 2 seasons. Sohail Tanvir ended the first season of the IPL as the leading wicket-taker with 22 wickets including the tournaments first 6 wicket haul against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. The 33-year-old gave away just 14 runs from his 4 overs as he picked up Parthiv Patel, Stephen Fleming, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Albie Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan and Makhaya Ntini.