In the initial years of IPL, it was a batsmen game and with time, the importance for bowlers grew in the game. The IPL finished 10 successful seasons and enters the second decade with its kick-start on 7th April 2018. This season is more anticipated with the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Bowlers often play a crucial role in determining the result of the game. Since the inception years, IPL made the stage for the world’s greatest bowlers. Let us have a look at the top contenders who can pick the purple cap this year.1.Rashid Khan
This 19-year old spinner is nearing the rare record of fastest 100 wickets on international grounds. He topped the ICC rankings for the bowlers in the one-dayers. He is one of the world’s best budding cricketers. He played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017 and picked 17 wickets. He is the youngest bowler to top the ICC rankings. This wrist-spinner has the experience of playing in the big leagues around the world. He was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise for Rs.9 crore in 2018. He will possibly win the Purple cap this year.
He is one of the consistent players for team India. He played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and won Purple cap twice, in 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons. He is an effective bowler with experience of bowling on different wickets. He is the capable bowler who can deliver elegant Yorker and knuckleballs. He can handle the crunch situations and can make the most of Powerplays and death overs. He can probably win his hat-trick purple cap this year. This speedster picked 49 wickets in total during 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Chahal is the one among the spin-twins who made the ground for a series victory against South Africa. This wrist-spinner made a splendid performance in Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, which is called as the graveyard for spinners. He took 16 wickets from 6 ODI series against South Africa and he is one of the two bowlers who made a 6-wicket trick in T20Is. He took the highest number of wickets in T20s, 23 wickets in 2017. He is in a good form this year and is a strong contender for the Purple cap this year.
He is one of the terrific bowlers around the world known for his consistent knuckle deliveries. This speedster played all the prominent T20 leagues around the world. He made his debut in 2016 in T20Is against India and played for Gujarat Lions in 2017. He took 12 wickets off 6 matches. He made a wonderful performance in the 7th season of Big Bash League and was picked by KXIP for IPL 2018. He took 16 wickets off 6 innings in BBL 07.
He is one of the consistent players for India during death overs. This pacer is known for his breath-taking Yorkers and was picked by John Wright to play for Mumbai Indians by his wonderful performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. His unpredictable bowling action makes him special. He topped the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers earlier this year and is the strong contender for the Purple cap this year. He is improving his skills day by day and is expected to shine under the guidance of Lasith Malinga, mentor for Mumbai Indians.