In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season, few of the world’s best bowlers unleashed their magic alongside young, limitless Indian talent who stood up for the occasion.
Sportstar takes a look at the best bowling spells from the 15th edition of the IPL.
Jasper Bumrah – 5/10 (Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, May 9, 2022)
In his worst start to an IPL season since 2016, Mumbai leader Jasprit Bumrah managed just five wickets in the first 10 matches during his side’s abysmal campaign.
With the weight of a toothless bowling attack on his shoulders, Bumrah finally broke loose with a sparkling spell against the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 9. Bumrah overtook Andre Russell and Nitish Rana in his second. He further suppressed KKR when he took out Sheldon Jackson, Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine in his next over – a triple-wicket maiden. Bumrah finished with numbers of 4-1-10-5 – his career best and the fifth best ever in IPL history. However, his efforts were in vain as Mumbai fell 52 runs short.
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Umran Malik – 25/5 (Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Titans, Apr 27, 2022)
In his first full IPL season, Umran Malik’s vicious speed became the talk of the town. Umran unleashed his best mid-tournament when he sent the Gujarat Titans batters for a toss during a manic spell.
After a quick start to the 196-run chase, GT opener Shubman Gill was castrated by Umran in his first over. The 22-year-old then harassed Gujarat skipper Hardik Pandya with a quick bounce in the next and followed with a lightning bolt of 152 km/h to crush the stumps of Wriddhiman Saha. Umran ran to his first five-wicket-haul (5/25) after clearing David Miller and Abhinav Manohar, even as GT took a miraculous win.
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Mukesh Choudhary – 3/19 (Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians, Apr 21, 2022)
CSK’s young left-armed Mukesh Choudhary harassed the Mumbai Indians with arguably the best PowerPlay spell of the season.
Mukesh caused a loose chip from MI skipper Rohit Sharma from the second ball of the innings to the halfway point. Two balls later Mukesh had Kishan on his knees with a fiery Yorker sending his off-stump flying.
The left-armer completed his next over with the dismissal of Dewald Brevis with a ball that went diagonally across the turf. He nearly added a fourth with Tilak Verma’s wicket before Dwayne Bravo spilled a flyout on the first slip.
Rashid Khan – 0/15 (Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals, May 24, 2022)
A high stakes game – a ticket to the IPL final on the card – and Rashid Khan reserved his best for the night. In the Qualifier 1 game between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals, almost every bowler took a pounding save from Rashid, which forced the RR batters into a rut.
After opting to hit on a high scoring surface in Kolkata, Rajasthan got off to a solid start before Rashid went on the attack after the PowerPlay. Rashid stepped up the pressure on Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler after conceding just eight runs in his first two overs.
The reward was scalped at the other end of the line as Simson hollowed out in front of Sai Kishore’s bowling. The spin wizard’s nagging spell left Rajasthan short of at least 15-20 runs as Gujarat waltzed into the final with a thrilling finish.
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Kuldeep Sen – 1/35 (Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants, Apr 10, 2022)
While it may not have the charm of the other spells on the list, Rajasthan Royals sailor Kuldeep Sen will cherish his IPL debut for a long time to come. Kuldeep was thrown in the deep end in his first game against the Lucknow Super Giants. He was tasked with defending 15 runs in the final in a 166-run chase.
Despite the presence of a menacing Marcus Stoinis, Kuldeep pushed three fuller deliveries on a tight leash with the Aussie missing every one of them. Stoinis finished with two limits, but it was all too late. RR defeated LSG by three runs and Kuldeep passed his first test with rock solid determination.