Top 5 Death-Over Bowlers in IPL 2017
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
'That one crashes into the middle-stump'! How often do we hear commentators saying this? Rarely, right? It's because of the rarity of the yorker specialists or the death-over bowlers that we don't often get to see the stumps flying!
Now, death bowling is a skill, which is hard to master, especially in the T20s. In the ODIs, you might get away with a loose delivery, but not so in this format. In the slog or the death overs, where the opposition batsmen are trying to maximise the scoring rate, it is very important for a bowler to bowl those deadly yorkers to get the batsmen cleaned up and at the same time, fox the batsmen with his variations.
Although this species is rare, we have picked five of the most lethal death bowlers in this year's IPL!
5. Tymal Mills
#RCBian cleans up #RCBian
During the time of the IPL auction 2017, there were big talks about Tymal Mills’ ability to bowl at the death and his wily variation – the back of the hand slower ball – for which he is known for. Now, Mills is a bowler who can hit the 150 mark on the speedometer and can also bring it down to 110 with the help of his slower delivery. This is a huge difference in pace, which is enough to fox any batsman; and on top of that, he has also got a really good bouncer in his armoury.
Mills is yet to hit the full strides for RCB and with his team languishing in the bottom-half of the table, they will need him to deliver the goods as quickly as possible.
4. Andrew Tye
One of the upcoming fast bowlers from Australia, Andrew Tye, has a mixed IPL so far. He had a dream debut for GL where he picked up a 5-fer and also bagged a hat-trick. But after that, he went for runs in his next two matches and only picked up 2 wickets. Having said that, Tye is a very smart bowler, who has got an effective weapon – the knuckle ball – in his arsenal. Most of the batsmen have found it difficult to pick up the knuckle ball and have struggled to score the runs of that particular delivery.
Even though his economy rate may be slightly on the higher side when compared to other bowlers, it’ll certainly improve provided he gets enough chances.
3. Jasprit Bumrah
One of the vital cogs in the Mumbai Indians bowling lineup, Jasprit Bumrah, has learned the art of bowling yorkers from the master himself, Lasith Malinga. Although the latter has lost his place in the team due to some lacklustre performances, Bumrah has continued to blossom with each passing game. In the 8 matches that Bumrah has played so far, he has always bowled 2 overs at the death and has picked up 8 wickets (between overs 16-20) at an economy rate of 8.43.
These numbers justify that Bumrah is a terrific death bowler. Along with the yorkers, he has also got a well-disguised slower one, which he uses to outsmart the batsmen.
2. Chris Morris
A hard-hitting all-rounder, Chris Morris, is often compared with the likes of Andre Russell. In fact, stats show that Morris is a better all-rounder than Russell. Well, we are not here to compare the two. But as far as pace bowling is concerned, Morris is far ahead of anyone else. The South African bowls the hard length at genuine pace (145-150 kph) and is difficult to get away for runs. If we go by the numbers, then Morris has the best economy rate (6.72) – at death – among all the fast bowlers in this year’s IPL. He is a genuine match-winner and can turn the match on its head with either bat or ball.
1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvi at his best
When we talk about death bowling, then this bowler’s name comes right on the top of the list. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who in his early days, was known as an out-and-out swing bowler, has developed himself into one of the most lethal death bowlers in world cricket. Alongside Bumrah, he can be considered as one of the best yorker specialists that India has got at the moment. He is a complete bowler who can bowl in the powerplays as well as at the death; and as a captain, you can rely on him to do the job in any situation. He was the holder of the purple cap in IPL 2016 and currently also, he tops the wicket-takers list. Out of the 16 wickets that he has taken, 11 of them have come in the death overs.
Note: The above stats are of a bowler's performance in the death overs (16-20) and before the RCB vs GL match.