Highest Wicket Takers for CSK
Although many big names have graced the Chennai Super Kings batting lineup over the years, their bowling department hasn’t lagged far behind either. A superb selection of medium pacers and crafty spinners have turned out for the men in yellow at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, with the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Ashish Nehra, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Harbhajan Singh among others delighting the fans.
Under the crafty captaincy of MS Dhoni, the franchise from Chennai has had some excellent bowling units and have produced the purple cap winner no less than three times in 12 editions of the IPL! This list of the Top 5 Bowlers with Most wickets for CSK in IPL history will give you a great idea of who has been starring with the ball for the men in yellow since the first season.
Top 5 Highest Wicket Takers for CSK
#5 Mohit Sharma (58 Wickets)
An unlikely name to start off the list of top 5 wicket-takers for CSK in IPL history, Haryana’s Mohit Sharma broke into the Indian national team based on his exploits for Chennai. He was picked up by CSK in 2013 and proved his worth immediately by picking up 20 wickets in 15 matches. He went one step further in the next season, winning the purple cap by taking 23 wickets in 16 matches. He would go on to play one more season for CSK before moving on to Kings XI Punjab in 2016. However, he returned to Chennai for the 2019 season and added one more wicket to his tally, which puts him at a respectable total of 58 wickets in 48 matches for the men in yellow.
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#4 Albie Morkel (76 Wickets)
Next on this list of top 5 Bowlers with Most wickets for CSK in IPL matches is a blast from the past, as the number four slot is occupied by Albie Morkel. The South African all-rounder played a crucial part in Chennai’s first two title wins, putting in crucial performances with both bat and ball. He was picked up by CSK in the inaugural season and bagged 17 wickets in 13 matches in 2008. Over the next five seasons, his wickets tally swelled to 76 wickets in 78 games, which is made even more impressive considering that restrictions of overseas players that IPL teams have the abide by. Morkel moved on from CSK in 2013 but was never able to recapture his form, playing his last IPL game in 2016.
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#3 Ravindra Jadeja (81 Wickets)
Having played an important role in Rajasthan Royals’ title win in 2008, Ravindra Jadeja caught the eye of CSK’s top brass and was duly snapped up in 2012 for two million dollars, the most expensive buy that year. Since then, he has been a regular in the playing XI (when they have been playing, that is) which is why it is no surprise to see him this high up on the list of top 5 highest wicket takers for CSK in IPL history. ‘Sir Jadeja’ as he is affectionately called by cricket fans has played over a 100 games for Chennai, picking up 81 wickets at a strike rate of 20.0. He also contributes regularly with the bat and is electric in the field, making him one of the first names on the team sheet every time CSK takes the field.
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#2 Ravichandran Ashwin (90 Wickets)
Local lad Ravichandran Ashwin made his IPL debut for CSK back in 2009 and quickly cemented his place in the side thanks to some excellent performances. Over the years his spin partnership with Ravindra Jadeja has reaped major dividends for CSK as well as India, which is why it’s no surprise to see him in this list of the top 5 Bowlers with Most wickets for CSK in IPL history alongside his spin twin. While Jaddu specialises in putting on the stranglehold in the middle overs, Ashwin gained a reputation as an excellent new ball bowler in T20s and has picked up 90 wickets in his 97 appearances for CSK. However, Ashwin last turned out in the yellow jersey back in 2015, having moved on to Pune, Punjab, and is currently part of the Delhi Capitals, which is why he might be overtaken on this list by Jadeja in 2020.
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#1 Dwayne Bravo (104 Wickets)
It might be surprising to see an overseas player at the helm of a list of top 5 wicket takers for CSK in IPL matches, but Dwayne Bravo just happens to be one of the most successful T20 cricketers of all time! The West Indian all-rounder plied his trade for Mumbai Indians in the first three seasons, moving to Chennai in 2012. Since then, he has set the IPL on fire every season he has turned out in the yellow jersey, performing with both bat and ball as well as being excellent in the field. He is also a past winner of the purple cap with CSK, receiving that accolade in 2013 by snapping up an astonishing 32 wickets and then repeating the trick again in 2016 with 26 more! In his 89 matches for CSK he has taken 104 scalps, the first (and only) man to do so for the team in yellow.
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