As the Indian Premier League (IPL) gears up for its 16th edition in 2023, cricket fans worldwide eagerly anticipate their favorite players’ return to the pitch. One of the most exciting aspects of the IPL is the opportunity to watch some of the world’s best bowlers compete against each other, and this year promises to be no exception. The bowler with the most wickets at the end of the competition receives a purple cap. Dwayne Bravo(2) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar(2) have the most purple caps in IPL history. Here are the top 5 bowlers to watch out for in the IPL 2023.
Sam Curran didn’t play last year, but this time he is back with a new team, Punjab Kings. The English all-rounder has been a consistent performer in the IPL over the last few years. He was the standout performer for the Chennai Super Kings in the 2021 season, picking up 13 wickets and scoring 186 runs. Curran is a deceptive bowler who can swing the ball both ways and has a good yorker in his arsenal. His ability to contribute with the bat and in the field makes him a valuable asset for any team.
The Barbadian-born English fast bowler will make his IPL debut with the Mumbai Indians after missing two seasons due to injury in 2021 and 2022. He is known for his quick pace and ability to bowl consistent Yorkers at the end of innings. In the absence of Bumrah, the Mumbai Indians will rely on him to lead their bowling attack, and with his raw pace, he can trouble even the best batters in the world.
The Afghan leg-spinner has been a consistent performer in the IPL. He has picked up 112 wickets in 92 matches at an impressive economy rate of 6.38. Rashid Khan was also the second-highest wicket-taker for Gujarat titans in the last season and made valuable contributions with the bat. Rashid’s ability to bowl in the middle overs and take wickets consistently makes him a valuable asset.
The South African fast bowler has been one of the most consistent performers in world cricket over the last few years. He was the leading wicket-taker in the IPL 2020, with 30 wickets in 17 matches, and he was the third-highest wicket-taker in the previous IPL, with 23 wickets. Because of his ability to generate pace and movement off the pitch, Rabada is challenging to face. He will lead the Punjab Kings’ bowling attack in the upcoming season.
Umran Malik has advanced tremendously from the domestic to the IPL to the international stage. The Jammu and Kashmir-born speedster Umran Malik made his IPL debut for SRH in 2021, and he has taken 24 wickets in 17 matches in his IPL career. Umran impressed the Indian national team coaches and selection committee and quickly made his way to international cricket. All eyes are on Umran Malik, who has a great chance of making India’s ODI World Cup squad in 2023.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has always provided a platform for young and upcoming cricketers to demonstrate their abilities on a global scale. The league has produced many stars who have gone on to represent their respective national teams at the highest level. The IPL 2023 will be no exception, with some exciting bowling talent on display.