Bowling averages tell a lot about the bowler’s ability to pick wickets. Bowlers with best bowling averages are very effective as they keep picking up wickets regularly and at the same time concede minimum runs. All bowlers in the list for IPL best bowling average have played less the 35 matches. The list is full of unfamiliar names and has a lot of surprises ahead.
Top 5 Best Bowling Averages in IPL History
#5. Shreyas Gopal
The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder is at number 5 in the list for best bowling averages in the IPL history. The 26-year-old right-arm leg spinner has been part of the Mumbai Indians franchise for years but he got his real opportunity with Rajasthan Royals and has shown glimpses of his potential already. Shreyas Gopal even has hat-trick to his name that too against the mighty batting line up of RCB. He has 38 wickets in 31 matches at an average of 19.39. The stats are already of the highest pedigree and it will interesting to see if he can maintain his form in the future editions of the tournament.
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#4. MF Maharoof
MF Maharoof the Srilankan all-rounder has only been a part of the initial three seasons of the IPL. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural season of the IPL. He had an outstanding first season as he took 15 wickets in 10 matches and was leading the Delhi attack alongside Australian legend Glenn McGrath. He has played a total of 20 matches in IPL and has 27 wickets to his name. His outstanding average of 19.25 makes him fourth in the list for IPL best bowling average.
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#3. Dimitri Mascarenhas
Another all-rounder in the list for best bowling averages in the IPL history, the all-rounder was the only English player in the inaugural season as the ECB did not allow the centrally contracted players to take part in the tournament. Dimitri Mascarenhas has been the part of IPL for four seasons but has hardly played matches due to regular injuries, he even missed the 2011 edition due to injury. He has played for KXIP and Rajasthan Royals in IPL. He has only played 13 matches has 19 wickets to his name with an average of 18.73.
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#2. Doug Bollinger
The left-arm fast bowler from Australia, Bollinger makes it at number two in the list for IPL best bowling average. Doug Bollinger was included in the CSK squad midway through the tournament in 2010 and in the 2011 auction, Chennai bought him due to his performances in the 2010 edition. He has played 27 matches in the league and has 37 wickets to his name. He has an average of 18.72 which is good enough for one to be included in any playing 11.
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#1. Kagiso Rabada
Rabada came into the limelight for the first time when he was playing the U19 world cup for South Africa and within few years of the U19 world cup, the right-arm fast bowler has already established himself as one of the most deadly fast bowlers in the modern-day. He has played over 30 test matches for his nation. Rabada is a part of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, a team full of young guns be it Indian or foreign players. He has played 18 matches and has 31 wickets to his name with an outstanding average of 17.93. He has the best bowling average in IPL history. Kagiso Rabada is just 24 and IPL will see a lot of him in the future and if he continues in this vein he might just end up as the best ever bowler in the league.
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