The Indian Premier League is on in full swing for the past 2 and a half weeks. We have seen some exhilarating performances by the teams. It is often said that T20 is a batsman’s game. The boundaries are brought in to make the dimensions of the ground smaller. Along with this, the bats are getting thicker and bigger. The result is that even edges fly out of the ground with ease.
Hence, the bowler’s job becomes extremely tough. It is widely believed that a team with a strong bowling unit has more chances of winning as can be seen by the performances of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad all of which have some amazing bowlers in their ranks. We bring to you the top 5 bowling performances so far in the Indian Premier League.
5) NATHAN COULTER-NILE – 3/22 (KKR)
Nathan Coulter-Nile has been out of the cricketing scene due to injuries for quite a while. However, he was picked up by KKR in the auction at Rs. 3.2 crores. He wasn’t given an opportunity in the playing XI due to the presence of Boult and Woakes. With Boult not living upto expectations, Coulter-Nile was drafted into the playing XI for KKR’s match against DD at Feroz Shah Kotla on 17th April.
Nathan impressed one and all right from the first ball as he mixed up the variations. He used the slower balls and short deliveries efficiently. He got rid of the dangerous Sam Billings in his 2nd over and followed it up by bowling out young Karun Nair in his next over. He was brought on to bowl the 19th over and Rishabh Pant looked dangerous as he had scored 38 off 16 balls. In the very first ball, he bowled a brilliant delivery and Pant sliced it straight to Gambhir. His economy of 5.50 did a world of good to KKR’s chances in the match. Coulter-Nile was awarded the Man of the Match award for his inspiring performance of 3/22 in 4 overs.