In the shortest format of the game, bowlers play a vital role in the victory of a team, and in IPL, one of the leading T20 cricket leagues, when a bowler takes the highest wicket he is awarded the purple cap. In every season of the IPL, there has always been a single bowler who is more effective and dominant than others by taking the highest wicket.
Let’s have a glance at the IPL highest wicket taker in one season and how many matches he played.
Harshal Patel (32 Wickets in 2021)
Harshal Patel, a right-arm pace bowler, holds the record of taking the most wickets in the IPL in one season. He was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2021 where he took 32 wickets in single IPL season from 15 matches at an average of 14.34 with an economy of 8.14. His bowling effort helped RCB to secure their place in the top 4 positions. He also made a hat trick in the 39th match of the IPL 2021 against Mumbai Indians by taking the wickets of Hardik Pandya, Keiron Pollard, and Rahul Chahar, and thus played a crucial role in the victory of RCB. Harshal Patel’s success in the IPL 2021 helped him earn his debut for the Indian squad. He started his career in IPL with RCB in the match against Mumbai Indians in 2012.
Dwayne Bravo (32 Wickets in 2013)
Dwayne Bravo, the former West Indies all-rounder, is at 2nd position for taking the highest wicket in a single season of IPL. He has been a crucial part of the Chennai Super Kings and played a vital role in the 6th season of IPL for his team by taking 32 wickets in single IPL season in 2013. In 2013, he appeared in 18 matches for CSK and bowled almost 63 overs where he took 32 wickets at an average of 15.53 with an economy of 7.95. Bravo’s performance was incredible in the final competition of 2013 when CSK faced MI, bravo took 4 wickets and stopped Mumbai at the score of 148 runs but unfortunately, CSK lost that match. After 2 years in 2015, Dwayne Bravo again became the highest wicket-taker by taking 26 wickets and was awarded the Purple Cap.
Kagiso Rabada (30 Wickets in 2020)
Kagiso Rabada, a South African fast bowler, is at the number 3 position for taking the highest wicket in the single-season of IPL. Rabada achieved this feat in the year 2020 while playing for the Delhi Capitals where he took 30 wickets from 17 matches at an average of 18.26 with an economy of 8.34. His bowling effort was superb in 2020 which helped the Delhi Capitals to reach the final for the first time in the history of IPL. He made his IPL debut in 2017 when he was picked up by Delhi Capitals where he played only 6 matches. Overall, he has taken 85 wickets from 57 matches at an average of 20.73 with an economy of 8.20.
Lasith Malinga (28 Wickets in 2011)
Lasith Malinga, the former Sri Lankan skipper, holds the 4th position in the list of highest wicket-takers in one season in IPL In 2011, Lasith Malinga played for Mumbai Indians and took 28 wickets from 16 matches at an average of 13.39 with an economy of 5.95. He was the most prolific and dangerous bowler of Mumbai Indians that helped the team to win the most titles. It is because of his valor that the Mumbai Indians (MI) have become a renowned squad today. Lasith Malinga started his IPL career in 2009 when he was selected by Mumbai Franchise, he played his first IPL match against Chennai Super Kings where he took 3 wickets and confirmed the victory of Mumbai. In his IPL career, he played 122 matches and took 170 wickets at an average of 19.80 with an economy of 7.14.
James Faulkner (28 Wickets in 2013)
The Australian left-arm seamer, James Faulkner stands at the 5th position for taking the highest wicket in a single season in IPL. In 2013, he played for Rajasthan Royals and took 28 wickets from 16 matches at an average of 15.25 with an economy of 6.75 and became the 2nd highest wicket-taker of that season. However, he did not win the Purple Cap in 2013 but he took the most wickets which is why he was included in the list of highest wicket-takers in one season of IPL. James Faulkner started his IPL journey with Pune Warriors and appeared in his maiden match against Delhi Capitals which unfortunately ended without any result. Overall, Faulkner has played 60 IPL matches and took 59 wickets at an average of 30.14 with an economy of 8.69.
List of the Highest Wicket Taker in IPL in one season
|Harshal Patel||32||15||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2021|
|Dwayne Bravo||32||18||Chennai Super Kings||2013|
|Kagiso Rabada||30||17||Delhi Capitals||2020|
|Lasith Malinga||28||16||Mumbai Indians||2011|
|James Faulkner||28||16||Rajasthan Royals||2013|
|Jasprit Bumrah||27||15||Mumbai Indians||2020|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||27||17||Rajasthan Royals||2022|
|Bhuvneshwar Kumar||26||14||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2017|
|Dwayne Bravo||26||17||Chennai Super Kings||2015|
|Imran Tahir||26||17||Chennai Super Kings||2019|
|Kagiso Rabada||25||12||Delhi Capitals||2019|
|Morne Morkal||25||16||Delhi Capitals||2012|