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IPL stats: Top 5 spinners with the most wickets in the Indian Premier League

Spinners can play a crucial role in T20 cricket as it is a fast-paced, high-scoring game where batsmen try to score as many runs as possible in the allotted 20 overs. Spinners can often slow down the scoring rate by varying the pace and flight of the ball, making it difficult for the batsmen to hit big shots.With the pressure to score quickly, batsmen may take more risks against spinners, leading to more opportunities for the spinner to take a wickets.

Another advantage of spinners in T20 cricket is their ability to bowl multiple variations of deliveries such as the leg-spin, off-spin, and googly, which can be difficult for the batsmen to read and play accordingly. This variety in bowling can make it challenging for the batsmen to get into a rhythm, and can lead to wickets falling more frequently. In this article, we will list out spinners with the highest wickets in the Indian Premier League.

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List of most wickets by a spinner in the IPL

1. Yuzvendra Chahal – 170 wickets

Yuzvendra Chahal leads the charts of the most wicket by a spinner in the history of the Indian Premier League. Chahal made his debut in the 2013 season for Mumbai Indians and since then, he has gone from strength to strength and taken 170 wickets, he has overtaken spinners like Ashwin and Misha in very quick time. He has played for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Rajasthan Royals in the league.

2. Amit Mishra – 166 wickets

Amit Mishra comes second on the list of the most wickets taken by a spinner in the IPL. Misha is one of the most experienced spinners in the list, he has played in the League since its inception way back in 2008, Amit Mishra has taken 166 wickets in 154 matches at an average of 23.95 and a strike rate of 19.5 with an economy rate of 7.35. The leg spinner currently plays for the Lucknow Super Giants in the league.

3. Ravichandran Ashwin – 158 wickets

R Ashwin picked up the third-most wickets by a spinner in the IPL. Having made his IPL debut in the 2009 edition, Ashwin has taken 158 wickets in the 182 matches that he has played. Ashwin started his career with Chennai Super Kings and got immense success with the franchise, he was later picked by the Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings. He currently plays for the Rajasthan Royals and has been pretty successful for them as well.

4. Piyush Chawla – 157 wickets

Piyush Chawla is undoubtedly one of the most underrated spinners in the country. The right-arm leg spinner has picked up 157 wickets in the Indian Premier League and comes 4th on the list. Piyush Chawla has played for Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, and Chennai Super Kings in the past but what made him popular was his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders. Chawla curtly plays for the Mumbai Indians.

5. Sunil Narine – 154

Sunil Narine has been one of the most difficult bowlers to face in the T20 format of the game, he has plenty to variations which help him bamboozle the batters. Narine has taken 154 wickets in the 155 matches he has played so far, he had a far better record before changing his bowling action as he was banned for chucking.

IPL: Top 5 spinners with most wickets in IPL history

PlayersWicketsTeamMatches
Yuzvendra Chahal170MI, RCB, RR,137
Amit Mishra166SRH, DD, SPW, LSG154
Ravichandran Ashwin158CSK, DC, PBKS, RR182
Piyush Chawla157KXIP, CSK, MI169
Sunil Narine154KKR155

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