Updated: Oct 11, 2021
When it comes to cricket, teams can win by either scoring more runs than the opposition or removing their wickets. The T20 format has seen batsmen take centre stage over the last few years, but bowlers with an uncanny ability to hit the right length also enjoy their fair share of glory.
IPL 2021 has been full of amazing moments and tight bowling spells. Here we look at how bowlers turned the tables and pulled off big scalps with their stunning efforts.
Originally hailed from Gujarat, this man made his Ranji Trophy debut for Haryana. He then played for Rajasthan and Karnataka. Now traded to Delhi, he's showing up with his old form. He's become the first bowler to take a fifer against MI, and he tops the charts for the most wickets.
Barring CSK's Jadeja, his bowling is immaculate. With more than 65% of his overs between 15-20, he has great stats. He's helped plug the hole for KKR who are now at the top of the table. He's taken over 75% of his wickets in the end, stemming the run flow.
Deepak Chahar was perfect in Mumbai. He swung the ball both ways and sent down fast deliveries to the Punjab Kings. He knocked down Mayank Agarwal with a killer, sending the player out of the game.
He got three scalps for Punjab, reducing them to 26/5. Punjab managed to reach 106/8 in 20 overs but it wasn't enough as Chennai chased the target in 15.4 overs with six wickets to spare.
This 25 year old from Madhya Pradesh has a talent for pace bowling. In the 2020 season, he impressed in the Delhi Capitals squad, outshining Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in many ways. He can move the ball both ways, posing a nasty short ball to the batsmen.
After a thumb injury, he will be back in the UAE to resume his work with the legendary Rabada and Delhi-ites who are fighting for their first-ever IPL title.
IPL history was made this year with the arrival of Chris Morris, who cost around $1.6 million. Morris first caught his mark and impressed the crowd with a stunning performance against Kolkata Knight Riders. He first made an impact with the ball and took 4/23 against them in Mumbai.
Morris destroyed the last order, picking up Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik in the same over, before finishing off Pat Cummins and Shivam Mavi in the final over of the innings. He set a ridiculously easy target for Rajasthan to chase.
When Kolkata Knight Riders came to bat, the leg-spinner dismissed their top four batsmen to get the momentum in Mumbai's favour. It seemed like he would finish the game, but Mumbai was hit for six and four in the ninth over by Shubman Gill.
The spinner had the last laugh when he dismissed opener Gill at long-off in the very first over. The partnership was broken for just 72. Chahar then got Rahul Tripathi out, followed by Eoin Morgan being caught at deep mid-wicket. Chahar completed his spell by getting Nitish Rana stumped. Mumbai won the match by 10 runs.