It is that time of the year when cricket fans across the world are bracing themselves up for an all-new edition of the Indian Premier League. The biggest carnival of cricket is going to enter its 12th chapter in 2019 and expectations are going to be as high as ever.
With each edition, the tournament has undoubtedly grown in stature as champion cricketers from diverse backgrounds have enthralled millions with their performances. Many talented young cricketers have also established their credentials by virtue of good showings in IPL.
The first match of IPL 2019 is going to be played on 23rd March between the Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Before the magnum opus gets underway and new records are scripted, let us rewind and find out about the 3 most consistent performers in the history of IPL so far.
#1 Lasith Malinga
Many pundits reckoned that batsmen would call the shots in the franchise based tournament. In fact, it will be unjust to say that they were off the mark. The IPL itself bears testimony to the fact that batting has been redefined in many ways since its inception.
But like in other formats of the modern-day version of the game, bowlers have evolved and adapted. Lasith Malinga is one such towering figure who has consistently proved his class in the IPL. He is the highest wicket taker in the IPL with 154 scalps in 110 matches.
The Mumbai Indians 'slinger' has a bowling average of 19.01 and boasts a strike rate of 16.61. He has an economy rate of 6.86 and has accomplished 4-wicket hauls on 4 occasions besides a 5-wicket haul as well. No wonder he is one of the greatest match winners of IPL.
He has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians set up which has won the title on three occasions. He served as a mentor to the side in the previous edition. But this year the colorful Sri Lankan legend has been once again roped in by the Mumbai franchise as a player.