Cricket is called batsman game in general. But short-cricket format turned the tables. The team with good bowling attack will be the winner in many situations. The batsmen fall into pressure and lose their wickets when they fail to make a good score. Bowlers who have the capability to restrict the opponents will be match winners often. Coming to the IPL, the teams with good bowlers came up as top performers since many seasons. Let us have a look at the teams with great bowling attack in the current IPL season.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the sides with strong bowling attack. They always tried to accommodate good bowlers in the squad. They bought the best bowlers in the auction and for this season, they were able to retain some young talents from U19 World cup team like Shivam Mawi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
The team included experienced players like Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Starc, Piyush Chawla and Vinay Kumar. The franchise was doubtful about the availability of pacer Mitchell Johnson. This speedster suffered a head injury earlier this year and may miss out the tournament. Sunil Narine was reported on account of illegal bowling action. But the franchise is equipped with bowlers who can shatter the batting line-up of the opponents.
SunRisers were able to retain efficient bowlers like Rashid Khan by the right to match clause before the auctions and bought consistent bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shakib Al Hasan. Bhuvi made an impressive contribution to the team in death overs. Rashid Khan topped the ICC bowler rankings. Shakib Al Hasan was a terrific bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous edition of IPL. The franchise included players like Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul and Basil Thampi who did well in previous editions. The franchise has bought T20 specialist bowlers like Chris Jordan and Mohammed Nabi. The team eyed on clinching the series with a strong bowling attack.
Royal Challengers BangaloreFrom the beginning of IPL, the Royal Challengers Bangalore was included with star batsmen and their home ground, Chinnaswamy stadium was a batting pitch indeed. That’s why the team managed to register huge scores but bowling was their Achille’s heel.
In the recent years, the franchise realized the importance of bowling and this year, they retained Yuzwendra Chahal by the right to match option and included Washington Sundar. The franchise retained most of the crucial bowlers of Kolkata Knight Riders. The KKR bowlers washed off RCB’s batting line-up by 49 runs last year. Chris Woakes, Colin-de-Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile were included in the team this year. The team included youngsters like Mohammad Siraj, Kulwant Khejroliya, Navdeep Saini and Aniket Choudhary who made their mark in domestic cricket as well.