18 matches out of 42 were won by the bowlers, this is the most in 5 seasons
This time the bowlers' IPL: 18 matches out of 42 were won by the bowlers, this is the most in 5 seasons; 26 more wickets than last time It would not be wrong to call this time IPL 'Bowler's IPL'. T&20 is generally considered a batsman's game, but this time the bowlers have changed this perception. Till Friday, 42 matches have been played in the season, in which 18 matches have been won by bowlers or by bowling all-rounders. In these 42 matches, the player of the match has been made 18 times, which is the most times in five seasons. That is, in the first 42 matches, the number of bowlers who have been selected as Player of the Match has never been selected in five seasons. In this too, Delhi Capitals wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been adjudged Player of the Match 4 times.
He is also the player to have received this award the most times in the current season. This time there are two spinners (Chahal, Kuldeep) and three pacers (Umran, Natarajan, Umesh) in the top-5 wicket-taker. 519 wickets have fallen this season till Friday, 26 more wickets than last season. This is only the second time in five seasons that 500+ wickets fell in the first 42 matches. In the current season, bowlers have taken 4 or more wickets 17 times. This is a record in five seasons. Bowlers took 4 or more wickets 13 times in 2021, 8 times in 2020, 10 times in 2019 and 9 times in 2018. Three bowlers have taken 4+ wickets 2 times in this season. Umran and Chahal have also taken 5 wickets once. This time in the mega auction held in February, the bowlers were more focused on the teams.
This time 77 bowlers were sold. This is 15 more than the auction held in 2018. Their average salary was 3.04 crores, which is 12.55% more than last time. In this too much was spent on the pacers. A total of Rs 176 crore was spent on buying bowlers, out of which fast bowlers were bought for 152.2 crores. The pacers' bowling average in the Powerplays stood at 28.8, the lowest in five seasons. At the same time, the economy stood at 7.53, which is the second-lowest in five seasons.
This time in the Powerplay, got a wicket every 23rd ball, which is the best in five seasons. Fast bowlers have got a wicket every 22.46th ball in Mumbai. Here the average is 29.23 and the economy is 7.80. At the same time, in Pune, the wicket got every 25.8th ball, the average is 26.46 and the economy is 6.20.