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5 Fastest 100 Wicket Takers in IPL History

Indubitably, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the grandest stages in the cricketing world. Followed with utmost passion, every season has given indelible moments to the crowd. While myriad records are set on one hand, some others find their place in the history books. The IPL has always been a platform for the players to showcase their class. Whether a new talent takes the centre stage, or a prominent one builds his legacy, the tournament caters to all. With allusion to the aforesaid matter, we’ll be discussing certain record holders who have their names amongst the greats. Below are the bowlers to establish themselves in the legacy of the IPL. Without further ado, presenting to you the 5 fastest 100 wicket takers in IPL history!

5. Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra, aka Nehra ji, is a former bowler in the Indian national team. In IPL, he last played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) before retiring in 2017. A respected pacer, he was even named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2016 T20 World Cup by the ICC. Ashish Nehra is the fifth fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in the IPL. It took him 83 matches to reach this milestone. In 88 matches across all seasons, he has 106 wickets under his name at an economy rate of 7.80.

4. Amit Mishra

Next up, we have Amit Mishra, an attacking right-arm leg-break bowler. Currently playing for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the IPL, he has represented India in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. Just like Ashish Nehra, he too completed his 100-wicket mark in 83 matches. Associated with the IPL since its inaugural season, he has played 154 matches. Amit Mishra has taken 166 wickets so far along with an economy rate of 7.35. Furthermore, he is the second-highest wicket taker in the history of IPL with 166 wickets after Lasith Malinga.

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3. Yuzvendra Chahal

A multi-talented personality, Yuzvendra Chahal is not only well versed with cricket but chess as well. Although he currently represents India in ODIs and T20Is, he has represented India in chess at youth levels too. A leg-break bowler, Chahal was the second player and first Indian to take a 6-wicket haul in T20I history. Currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), he equals Ashish Nehra’s and Amit Mishra’s record for taking 100 wickets in 83 matches. I really wonder what’s up with bowlers reaching the 100-wicket mark in exact 83 matches! With an economy of 7.59, Chahal has taken 139 wickets in 114 matches played till date.

2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

A world-class swinger, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been representing India since 2012 in all formats. Whether it is in-swing or out-swing, we know Bhuvi can pull it off. This right-arm fast-medium bowler plays for SRH and is one of the greatest assets for the team. Moreover, he is the first Indian bowler to take a 5-wicket haul in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. Finally, breaking the streak of 83 matches here, Bhuvi reached the 100-wicket milestone in 81 matches! He has been a part of 132 matches in entirety. Having 142 wickets under his belt, his economy rate speaks at 7.30.

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1. Lasith Malinga

Here comes the boss in this list of 5 fastest 100 wicket takers in IPL history! Lasith Malinga, one of the greatest limited-overs bowlers of all time, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer. Malinga, a right-arm fast bowler, is a very decorated cricketer. We all know no one’s better than him especially in the death overs! The number of records he holds cannot be fitted in a paragraph using mere words. Malinga is the fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in just 70 matches. Without a doubt, he is way ahead than everyone. He is the only bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 balls twice in international cricket. In addition to this, Malinga is the highest wicket taker in the history of IPL. This former Mumbai Indians (MI) player took a whopping 170 wickets in 122 matches with an economy rate of 7.14.

5 Fastest 100 Wicket Takers in IPL History (Table Summary)

S. No.PlayerNo. of Matches
1.Lasith Malinga70
2.Bhuvneshwar Kumar81
3.Yuzvendra Chahal83
4.Amit Mishra83
5.Ashish Nehra83

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