New Delhi: Although considered the batsmen's game, Twenty20 has proved to be a happy hunting ground for bowlers who use their skills and have the patience of a saint. Indian Premier League is one such arena where bowlers used the best in their armory to fox the batsmen. Here are the pick of the bowlers who either bamboozled the batsmen with their pace or outplayed them with their spin.
Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians): When he sends down yorkers at 150 kph, there is little that a batsman can do except saving their toes from getting crushed. Malinga has spearheaded Mumbai's bowling attack with his lethal pace and provided his outfit much-needed breakthroughs, both at the start and death. His wickets tally of 27 is by far the best that can neither be touched nor matched by any other bowler.
Amit Mishra (Deccan Chargers): The batsmen have found it hard to pick the googlies delivered by the leggie. He has bowled them with so much deception and guile that it has become his stock delivery. And though his side was out of the race for the playoffs, the 28-year-old's performance has already booked him a place in India's squad for the tour of West Indies.
Munaf Patel (Mumbai Indians): 'Munna', as often called by his ex-captain Shane Warne, is famous for two things. First, maintaining an impeccable line and length which is hard to score off and the second is to come out hard against the opposition batsmen. But except his 'go in incident’ with Amit Mishra, Munaf, with his tally of 17 scalps, made it sure that his bowling prowess takes the centerstage.
S Aravind (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Aravind's left-arm seam bowling has been a surprise package so far in the event and he is undoubtedly one bowler Royal Challengers' skipper had always looked to when the team required wickets at any stage of the match. He lies third in the wicket-takers' tally, 16, and could be one of the future prospects for Indian cricket.
Rahul Sharma (Pune Warriors India): Just like Ambati Rayudu, Rahul Sharma too would have considered himself unlucky after being neglected for the Caribbean tour by the BCCI. But despite getting selectors' apathy and team's dismal show, the tall leg-spinner continued to add wickets (16) to his kitty. His economy rate (5.46) has also been the best among all the bowlers.
Iqbal Abdulla (Kolkata Knight Riders): The pint-sized KKR bowler is Gautam Gambhir's blue-eyed boy as far as team's bowling is concerned. He grabbed wickets (16) after strangling batsmen with his tight line and length whether asked to open the bowling or put into attack later. His left-arm spin is one of the variations Gambhir uses among the innumerable bowling options at his disposal.
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