Top 10: Bowlers with Most Wickets in IPL Playoffs – CricIndeed

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Top 10: Bowlers with Most Wickets in IPL Playoffs – CricIndeed

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most competitive leagues in the world. And as the league enters the Playoff stage, the level of competition goes significantly up.

The IPL Playoff is an intense phase of the tournament where players need to perform at their best. Thus, there’s constant pressure on batters and bowlers to give their 100 percent, as a tiny mistake can make or break the team’s campaign.

Bowlers are even under more pressure as they are the ones who can help teams win the tournament. Remember the saying, ‘Batters win you matches, bowlers win you tournaments’? 

A few prominent bowlers have performed well, showcasing their craft and taking wickets at crucial junctures.

This article will list the top 10 bowlers with the most wickets in the IPL Playoffs.

Most Wickets in IPL Playoffs

PlayerInningsWicketsBest BowlingAverage
Dwayne Bravo19284/4218.96
Mohit Sharma10205/1015.80
Ravichandran Ashwin22193/1630.15
Ravindra Jadeja19193/3122.52
Harbhajan Singh14173/2323.11
Lasith Malinga15143/2330.92
Albie Morkel12142/1222.28
Trent Boult9123/3020.41
Mitchell Johnson8123/2621.00
Rashid Khan12123/1922.91

(Check out other IPL Playoffs related stats here.)

Key Insights

Dwayne Bravo holds the record for picking up the most wickets in IPL Playoffs. The medium pacer took 28 wickets in 19 innings at a strike rate of 13.8. 26 of those wickets came while representing the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 7 playoff appearances.

Dhawal Kulkarni’s bowling average of 15.20 is the best in the IPL Playoffs among the bowlers with 10 or more wickets. He scalped 10 wickets in 5 innings while playing for the Mumbai Indians (2011, 2012), Rajasthan Royals (2015), and Gujarat Lions (2016).

Mohit Sharma, on the other hand, has the best bowling strike rate of 10.8 in the knockout stage. Thus far, the pacer has grabbed 20 wickets in 10 matches.

Akash Madhwal became the first-ever bowler to bag a five-wicket haul in the IPL Playoffs. Representing the Mumbai Indians, he picked up 5 wickets for 5 runs against the Lucknow Super Giants in the 2023 Eliminator match. And these are the best bowling figures in a playoff match.

Before Madhwal’s fifer, CSK’s Doug Bollinger’s 4 for 13 were the best figures registered in 2010.

Over 21 bowlers have grabbed 10 or more wickets in IPL Playoff matches. 10 of them have played for CSK at least once.

Trent Boult has represented the most IPL teams (5) in the knockouts. The Kiwi left-arm pacer has played for the Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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