T20 is a brutal game for bowlers. When the batsman is looking to hit every ball out of the ground, if a bowler loses his mark by a centimeter he could be delivered in the stands. The game is so difficult on them that many have lost their rhythm and gone for plenty. This adversely affects their confidence and results in them being dropped. In such a cutthroat environment, when bowlers make it difficult for the batsman to hit them, it is commendable.
We look at 5 left-arm bowlers who have the highest no. of wickets in IPL history:
1. Ravindra Jadeja
Jaddu ranks at no. 1 among the left-arm bowlers. With an astonishing 120 wickets, Jadeja has always been a talisman for the CSK. He not just delivers with the ball but with his batting and fielding as well. He is such an asset for CSK that he is one of the few players whom the franchise will retain without a second thought.
2. Ashish Nehra
The veteran Indian paceman sits in the second position. Nehra has played for the Mumbai Indians before moving to Delhi and SRH later on. In his 88 matches, he has picked up a superb 106 wickets at an average of 23.5 and an economy below 8 runs. Nehra is one of India’s best workhorses and he has proved it in his IPL journey as well.
3. Pragyan Ojha
Ojha has been a very important part of Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians when he was in his prime. Off the 92 matches played by him, he ended up picking 89 wickets at an average of 26. His economy was a fantastic 7.36. Ojha ensured that the runs dried up for the opponent team and ended up picking wickets using the pressure.
4. Axar Patel
Another left-arm young orthodox spinner on the list is Patel. He made a rollicking test debut for India this year in February-March against England. He ran through the English line-ups in Ahmedabad. Similarly, in IPL he has picked 86 wickets in the 101 matches he has played. He is a vital weapon in the armory of Delhi Capital this season.
5. Jaydev Unadkat
The best left-arm medium-pacer in the domestic circuit also features in the top 5 left-arm bowlers of IPL. Unadkat has played for KKR, Pune, and Rajasthan in his long career. His cutters and the slower balls are very difficult to pick and he ends up with wickets on those balls. In his 84 matches, he has picked 85 wickets at an average of just below 30.