Bowling has been absolutely integral to this year’s IPL in particular. Entire matches have hinged on the performance of the bowlers and their ability to trick the batsmen. This list of the best bowling performances in IPL 2022 is a fond look back at the magic that these men with the ball wove this season.
1. Jasprit Bumrah – 5/10 against KKR
Team – Mumbai Indians
It’s hardly a surprise that this man has the best bowling performance in IPL 2022 to his name. Jasprit Bumrah is probably the most lethal death bowler in the world presently. His knack for setting up a batsman for an elaborate failure and getting a wicket to change the game is unmatched. His magnificent spell of 5/10 against the Kolkata Knight Riders was just one of many reminders of his raw talent with the ball. While this spell couldn’t win Mumbai the match because the batsmen didn’t support the bowlers as well as expected, it’s going down in history as one of the most economical overs bowled in the IPL. Bumrah’s total of 15 wickets doesn’t come close to his usual records, but the spell against KKR was just something else and it gave Mumbai fans a taste of what they had been missing from their team all season.
2. Wanindu Hasaranga – 5/18 against SRH
Team – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Control, precision and pace are the defining qualities of Wanindu Hasaranga. His spell in the 15th season of the IPL has proved that he’s so much more than just another fast bowler. His contribution to his team helped bring them into the second qualifier game this year. With 26 wickets under his belt, Hasaranga is one of the most successful bowlers, playing at an average of 16.53 and an economy of a mere 7.54. His best spell of the season was against Sunrisers Hyderabad – a jaw-dropping 5/18 – and it cemented him as a trusty hand with the ball for the team. Fans are eager to see more from him in the IPL as well as in international cricket.
3. Umran Malik – 5/25 against GT
Team – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Young pacers have always had a special place in the IPL and in the hearts of Indian cricket fans. This special place was rightfully taken by young Umran Malik, an uncapped fast bowler from Kashmir who stole hearts as fast as he stole wickets. He picked up three 3 wicket hauls and an absolutely magnificent fifer – 5/25 – against Gujarat Titans. While Hyderabad didn’t win the match, Malik made a mark with his crisp bowling and calm demeanor in pressure situations. Malik also has the unique distinction of having bowled the second fastest ball of the season – a delivery that clocked 157 kph against the Delhi Capitals. He’s one of the youngest bowlers to have managed such a feat and has received a great deal of praise for his bowling throughout the season.
4. Yuzvendra Chahal – 5/40 against KKR
Team – Rajasthan Royals
The brilliant Purple Cap winner of the season had to have made it to this list. Yuzvendra Chahal’s best performance came against the Kolkata Knight Riders where he bowled a mind-blowing spell of 5/40. These five dismissals included the season’s first and only hat trick and the bowler’s very first in the IPL. He got KKR’s dependable three in 3 consecutive deliveries – Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Mavi and Pat Cummins. With four wickets gone in just 7 balls, KKR lost its footing and its chance at redemption in the game very quickly, all thanks to Chahal’s raw talent and capability to trick the batsmen into his traps. This game along with his overall play has proved to be one of the best bowling performances in IPL 2022.
5. Andre Russell – 4/5 against GT
Team – Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata knew when to get the big guns out against the almost unbeaten Gujarat when they asked Russell to bowl the one over of the match. And what an over it was! Russell picked up a 4/5, making his spell one of the most economical there’s been this year. Despite not winning the match, the over in itself became the talk of the town for the night. He managed to get Gujarat’s big hitter Rahul Tewatia along with Abhinav Manohar, Yash Dayal and Lockie Ferguson in just his one over. Russell’s 17 wickets this season have all been wondrous but these four were in a league of their own.
6. Kuldeep Yadav – 4/14 against KKR
Team – Delhi Capitals
The return of the star! Kuldeep Yadav made a fabulous comeback in the blue jersey of Delhi Capitals after being benched due to injuries and poor form by KKR for a couple of seasons, and oh what a comeback it was! His unmatched skill as a spinner made him a formidable bowling option for the young Delhi side and he was never disappointed. His 21 dismissals this season were pivotal in the success of the team that almost made it into the playoffs. Yadav bowled a mesmerizing spell of 4/14 against his former team, the Kolkata Knight Riders. His average for the season was a mere 19.95 and he conceded only 419 runs in his 49.4 overs. He’s also made himself a spot in the upcoming T20 series against South Africa with long-time partner Yuzvendra Chahal, so let’s hope we get to see much more of him than we have in the past few years.
7. Mohsin Khan – 4/16 against DC
Team – Lucknow Super Giants
It’s one thing to pick up four wickets in a game, but it’s quite something else to pick up wickets of the players Mohsin Khan of the Lucknow Super Giants got. His 4/16 came as a game-changer for his team. Khan picked up essential wickets of the lethal Delhi Capitals opener David Warner, captain Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur and Roman Powell. It was instrumental in winning the team the match and in pulling up his own numbers for the tournament. He’s picked up a total of 14 brilliant wickets this season, but this particular spell makes him more than worthy of a place on this list of the best bowling performances in IPL 2022.
8. Kuldeep Sen – 4/20 against RCB
Team – Rajasthan Royals
This season has evidently been a major blessing for new, growing bowlers and Kuldeep Sen is no exception. While he didn’t get a permanent spot in the playing XI he made the most of his opportunities and bowled a brilliant 4/20 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The four dismissals of captain Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel were match transforming and earned him great praise. It has to be such a dream come true to have your spell be called one of the best bowling performances in IPL 2022. Now that he’s on the radar more prominently, let’s hope we get to see more of his amazing bowling soon.
9. Umesh Yadav – 4/23 against PBKS
Team – Kolkata Knight Riders
This man’s come on the field with a form that’s improved manifold since the last couple of seasons and it shows! Umesh Yadav bowled a match-winning spell against the Punjab Kings early on in the season to put his team on track to glory. His 4/23 came as both a surprise and a delight to fans as KKR restricted PBKS to a score of 137. Yadav got captain Mayank Agarwal, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar in his spell, making it quite obvious that their opponents didn’t stand a chance after losing a majority of their big hitters. The spell won KKR the match and Yadav the title of player of the match as well as a spot on the list of the best bowling performances in IPL 2022.
10. Avesh Khan – 4/24 aginst SRH
Team – Lucknow Super Giants
LSG have proved themselves as one of the most promising teams this season. Their side was a brilliant blend of batting, bowling and fielding variations. One of these wonderful bowling options was Avesh Khan, who proved himself with a jaw-dropping 4/24 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. And these weren’t small wins either. Khan got both openers Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson, who’s also the captain of the SRH, along with Nicholas Pooran and Abdul Samad in his four overs. He’s taken 18 wickets this season and become quite the fan favourite. This season of the IPL has been transformative for several uncapped Indian players and Avesh Khan is very near the top of that list.
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Also read: 10 Best Batting Performances in IPL 2022
Some of the best bowling performances in IPL 2022 have been a response by bowlers to dire situations that their teams were faced with. Their quick thinking and precision brought their teams out of those unforeseen circumstances and gave them a winning chance. So it is utterly imperative that we take a look back and appreciate all the great cricket we witnessed these past couple of months.