In the past few years, Indian Cricket has seen the rise of many fast bowlers. The fast bowling cabinet has grown in both size and variety, with India finding pacers of all kinds.
The IPL has been a crucial platform in uncovering the pace talent available in our country while also allowing Indian pacers to pick famous overseas pacers’ brains.
This IPL has been no different, with many fast bowlers impressing.
While Shami and Bumrah have been impressive, fast bowlers are on the fringes who have come into their own. Here are a few:
In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed has stepped up to the task well and helped reduce the burden on David Warner, who would have had a lot on the mind after losing his pacer.
He has played in six of Sunrisers matches. Barring a game against the Super Kings, Khaleel Ahmed has picked up wickets in each game and has formed an excellent partnership with Natarajan and Sandeep Sharma.
Being a left-arm fast bowler, he helps provide variety with the angle he provides while bowling and has become an important player in a side with a variety of fast bowlers.
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Prasidh Krishna was bought into the eleven only two games ago but has quickly impacted his fast bowling. Having come in for another fast bowler Shivam Mavi, Krishna was quick to move with three wickets against Punjab. His three wickets helped the Knight Riders pull off a fighting victory. He followed his three wickets with another wicket against Bangalore while he also went for a few runs.
Despite only playing two games, Prashid Krishna quickly made an impact, already picking up four wickets.
His quick success is very impressive, playing for a side with many talented fast bowlers.
Coming in for the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, left-arm fast bowler Arshdeep Singh was quick to impress.
He bowled a brilliant spell in the death against Sunrisers, who was cruising to a massive total. He picked up two wickets, which helped restrict the Sunrisers to 201, while they looked set for a lot more.
Andre Russel and Manish Pandey are among the big scalps for the talented fast bowler
Though not the quickest, left-arm fast bowler, Arshdeep Singh has come to light with his accuracy and consistent line and length. With half the season remaining, Arshdeep Singh may be crucial in relighting Punjab’s hopes this season.
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Shardul Thakur has been a critical factor behind Chennai Super Kings’s death bowling success this season.
While he was a regular in the side last season for the Chennai Super Kings, he was largely overshadowed by the success of Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo in the death overs.
This season, with Dwayne Bravo out for the first few games, Shardul Thakur stepped up well and bowled some restricting spells in the end overs.
His over against the Sunrisers Hyderabad is an example of his improvement in the end. He conceded only five runs in the 19th over, almost sealing the game for the Super Kings.
Fast bowler Navdeep Saini is a crucial bowler for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. With the ability to bowl 145+ with ease, Navdeep Saini is a very intimidating bowler to face for opponents.
Along with pace, his ability to bowl consistent line and length has been vital for Royal Challengers, who struggled with their bowling before.
Despite not being among the wickets this season, the pace generated by Navdeep Saini and the economy rate he has given runs have been very impressive.
Natarajan is a left-arm fast bowler who plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a star bowler for the Sunrisers in the death, a bowler who can bowl restrict batsmen was a need.
Natarajan, who has played for the Kings XI in the past, has been very impressive this season.
He has bowled the most Yorkers among bowlers in IPL 2020 and has displayed fantastic accuracy. His ability to bowl his special toe-crushers at will makes him an exciting prospect in the end overs.
He has shown that he can keep some of the biggest hitters quiet in the end overs and has bowled ten toe-crushers in twelve deliveries against the Delhi Capitals.
While the more extended boundaries and two-paced pitches were thought to have played a role behind Natarajan’s success, his performance in Sharjah showed that the dimensions and pitch mean nothing to him.
He conceded just 29 in four overs at Sharjah, again completing a magnificent spell in the death overs.
Along with his feats in the end overs, he achieved a personal milestone as well. He dismissed MS Dhoni while playing the Super Kings, which he considered a dream come true.
His performance this season leaves him as potentially one of the best fast bowlers in IPL 2020 with his amazing death bowling.