2020 Indian Premier League will be played in United Arab Emirates from 19th September. T20 cricket has largely been about batsmen smashing fours and sixes on a regular basis, but the bowlers do make the difference in the outcome of the game.
Given the games will be played in the UAE, pace bowlers might get some reverse swing at the back end of the innings. Spinners are expected to play a big role in this year’s competition.
From Kolkata Knight Riders buying Pat Cummins to Mumbai Indians signing Trent Boult, we take a look at the top five bowlers to watch out for in 2020 Indian Premier League.
Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders)
First is on the list is Australian pacer Pat Cummins, who was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping prize of Rs 15.5 crore for the coming edition of Indian Premier League. Despite skinning the previous two season of the Indian Premier League, Cummins has expressed his desire to play the competition this year.
In 2017 Indian Premier League, Cummins performed exceedingly well for his then-franchise Delhi Daredevils. He claimed 15 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of 8.07. Pat Cummins will be looking to make a notable contribution for the side in the 2020 Indian Premier League.
Muhammad Shami (Kings XI Punjab)
For the past 12 months, Muhammad Shami has been in excellent form for India across all three formats. With renewed vigor and improvement in fitness levels, Muhammad Shami has proven to be a huge threat to opposition batsmen with the new-ball.
Last year, Muhammad Shami performed exceedingly well for Kings XI Punjab. In 14 matches played, Shami picked up 19 wickets at an average of 24.68 with an economy rate of 8.68.The 30-year old will be looking to continue his rich vein of form with the ball and help Kings XI Punjab go the distance in this year’s competition.
Jaspreet Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Jaspreet Bumrah has been India’s premier bowler in white-ball cricket and one of best bowlers on display in previous two editions of Indian Premier League. Overall, Jaspreet Bumrah has been instrumental in helping Mumbai Indians register back-to-back IPL Trophies.
Since making his debut for Mumbai Indians in 2013, Jaspreet Bumrah has formed lethal new-ball bowling combination with Lasith Malinga. With Lasith Malinga ruled out of this year’s competition, all the responsibility will be on Bumrah to deliver the goods for Mumbai Indians.
Last year, Jaspreet Bumrah put in impressive numbers for Mumbai Indians and claimed 19 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 21.52 with a splendid economy rate of 6.63.
Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals)
South African pacer will be all geared up to produce his best with the ball for Delhi Capitals. The 25-year old will be looking to adjust to the conditions prevalent in the United Arab Emirates.
Last year, Kagiso Rabada put in excellent performances for Delhi Capitals and topped the bowling charts for the side in the competition. Rabada claimed 25 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 14.72 with two four-wicket hauls to his name. Also, Rabada maintained an excellent economy rate of 7.82 in the competition.