IPL 2021: Predicting the 5 bowlers who can have the best economy rates in death overs

Modified 07 Apr 2021
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#3 Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals)

Rabada won the Purple Cap in IPL 2020. (Image Courtesy:
Rabada won the Purple Cap in IPL 2020. (Image Courtesy:

The Purple Cap winner of IPL 2020 was also one of the best death bowlers in the league. Kagiso Rabada picked up 30 wickets in 17 games last season, and a majority of those came in the death overs. Picking up scalps in the death overs to reduce the scoring rate was how he did it, and it was pretty effective for DC.

He has a fiery yorker and a mean slower ball, but it's the hard length and the short ball that he prefers to employ during the death. He looks to make the batsman play a loose shot in search of a wicket, and on occasion that results in a top edge flying above the keeper or an outside edge that flies past him.

However, overall, his execution during the death overs is pretty immaculate, and he only seems to be getting better every season. His lack of finesse and variations in comparison to other bowlers is the reason why I'm placing him at number three, but he's sure to have a good economy rate bowling at the death in IPL 2021.

#2 Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)

Jasprit Bumrah has been exceptional for MI. (Image Courtesy:
Jasprit Bumrah has been exceptional for MI. (Image Courtesy:

Jasprit Bumrah is arguably the best death bowler in the league, and his stats back him up. With an IPL career economy of 7.41, Bumrah is easily one of the best bowlers in IPL history. He has restricted countless opponents at the death and has held his nerve to bowl some of the most crucial overs in the competition.

He also had a great IPL 2020 and could've ended up with the Purple Cap if he had played a couple of more games. With 27 wickets at an economy rate of just 6.55, Bumrah had a brilliant season with the ball and was supported well by Trent Boult.

With Coulter-Nile to bowl alongside him at the death, Bumrah and MI certainly have their bases covered. However, he does tend to get a bit unlucky on occasions, as his extra pace sometimes leads to batters getting edges that fly away to the fence.

He has also been out of action for quite a while now and might take some time to get back in his stride. Nevertheless, he's sure to be among the top five bowlers who have the best economy in the death overs.

#1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

Bhuvi's return to fitness is a major boost for SRH. (Image Courtesy:

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's injury in IPL 2020 might have been a blessing in disguise for SRH and Indian cricket as it helped unearth a gem in T Natarajan. However, a fully fit Bhuvi could team up with Natarajan to make batting difficult for the opposition during the death.

With an IPL career economy of 7.23, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been slightly more miserly than Bumrah. Considering that SRH plays nine of their fourteen games at sluggish venues (Chennai, Ahmedabad), Bhuvi's slightly lesser pace will reduce the chances of him conceding runs off the edges.

He's also in scintillating form and was at his accurate best in the limited-overs leg of England's tour of India. Expect him to deliver the goods for SRH once more in IPL 2021.

Published 07 Apr 2021
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