As the playoffs stage of the Indian Premier League season 8 draws closer, we take a look at the top ten wicket-takers in the event till date.
Dwayne Bravo (19): The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder leads the list. He has claimed 19 wickets in 12 games at a strike rate of 12.4. Bravo has an economy rate of 7.8 and an average of 16.2, with a best of 3 for 22.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (18): The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler is at number two position. He has claimed 18 wickets in 12 games at a strike rate of 15.6. Kumar has an economy rate of 7.5, and an average of 19.5, with a best of 3 for 26.
Ashish Nehra (17): The Chennai Super Kings pacer has been in excellent form, with 17 scalps from 12 games at a strike rate of 16.5. Nehra has a economy rate of 7.1, and an average of 19.7, with best bowling analysis of 4 for 10.
Mitchell Starc (16): The Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer has been in excellent form, claiming 16 wickets in 8 games at a strike rate of 9.7. He has a brilliant economy rate of 6.1 and an equally splendid average of 10. His best figures have been 4 for 15.
Lasith Malinga (16): The man whom Mumbai Indians so heavily depend upon for wickets has not let them down. In 11 matches, he has picked up 16 wickets at a strike rate of 16.5. Malinga's strike rate is slightly higher at 7.9. His average has been 21.7, and his best 4 for 23.
Yuzvendra Chahal (15): The spinner from RCB continues to impress. In 10 matches, he has claimed 15 wickets at a strike rate of 12.7. His strike rate has been on the higher side at 8.8. Chahal's averaging 18.8 with a best of 3 for 40.
Imran Tahir (15): The slow bowler from Delhi Daredevils has 15 wickets to his credit from 10 matches at a strike rate of 14.2. His economy rate is 8.8, with an average of 20.9. Tahir's best has been 4 for 28.
Nathan Coulter-Nile (15): The medium pacer's performance has been among the few bright spots for Delhi. In 11 games, he has 15 wickets at a strike rate of 17. Coulter-Nile's average has been 7.5, and his average 21.4. He has a best of 4 for 20.
Anureet Singh (13): The Kings XI Punjab medium pacer has claimed 13 scalps from 12 matches. His wickets have come at a strike rate of 21.6, and an economy rate of 8.8. His average has been on the higher side at 31.8 with a best of 3 for 23.
Harbhajan Singh (12): The offie from Mumbai has 12 scalps from 11 games at a strike rate of 21. His economy rate has been 8, and average 28, with a best of 3 for 27.
--By A Cricket Analyst