Most Wickets Against CSK
One of the reasons that Chennai Super Kings have been one of the most successful IPL outfits is the fact that their batting lineups always feature an excellent mix of technique and power, with devastating hitters complimenting elegant classicists and vice versa.
It would be fair to say that the men in yellow isn’t a side that opposition bowlers would like to come up against, given the fact that Chennai Super Kings has never missed a chance to progress from the group stage in every edition of the tournament they have featured in!
Top 5 Bowlers with Most Wickets Against CSK
Despite their great success, however, there are some bowlers who have indeed enjoyed some success against Dhoni’s men. Here are the 5 players with Highest Wickets Against CSK in IPL matches over the years.
#5. R Vinay Kumar (17 Wickets)
Although he has been a stalwart on the domestic cricket scene, R Vinay Kumar is perhaps a name few people would expect to see on a list of 5 players with most wickets against CSK in IPL history. The erstwhile Karnataka skipper has faced Chennai with a variety of teams including his home team Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, and the now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Chennai seems to be one of his favoured opponents (a South Indian rivalry might be the reason) as he has bagged 17 wickets in 18 matches against the men in yellow, with 4/40 being his best figures.
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#4. Piyush Chawla (19 Wickets)
Although the crafty leg spinner has been added to the CSK squad ahead of IPL 2020, Piyush Chawla has spent the entirety of his IPL career playing for Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knightriders. He has enjoyed great success with the aforementioned teams as well, sitting fourth on the tournament’s all-time wicket-taking charts. Of his 150 scalps, 19 have come in 20 matches against Chennai, putting him fourth on the list of 5 players with Highest Wickets Against CSK in IPL history as well.
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#3. Pragyan Ojha (21 Wickets)
Number three on this list of the 5 players with most wickets against CSK in IPL history is another spinner in the form of the slow left-arm bowler Pragyan Ojha. He enjoyed a decent IPL career for Deccan Chargers and then Mumbai Indians, even breaking into the national side on the back of some good performances. Known for being economical whenever he came on to bowl, Ojha has enjoyed a fair bit of success against the 3-time champions, taking 21 wickets in just 15 games!
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#2. Harbhajan Singh (24 Wickets)
The rivalry between the two most successful IPL teams – Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings – is well-known, with some great battles having been played out between them in the past. And, even though he sports the yellow of CSK these days, there was a time when Harbhajan Singh was on the blue side of this divide, and he did rather well against his current team during his time with the Mumbai Indians! He already sits third on the all-time wicket-taking charts and tops the number of dots bowled in the tournament, but his 24 wickets in 21 matches places him second on our list of the 5 players with Highest Wickets Against CSK in IPL history. The Turbanator counts Chennai among his most favoured opponents and has even claimed a five-wicket haul against them in the past!
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#1. Lasith Malinga (31 Wickets)
As the leading wicket-taker in IPL history, it’s no surprise to see the Sri Lankan pacer atop this list of the 5 players with most wickets against CSK in IPL matches either. This one-team man has been one of Mumbai’s trump cards in the famed Mumbai Indians-Chennai Super Kings IPL rivalry and always seems to up his game when he comes up against the men in yellow. The facts back it up – in 21 matches against Dhoni’s men, Lasith Malinga has picked up no less than 31 wickets at an average of 19.03, with 4/37 being his best figures. IPL 2020 might well be the last time we see Malinga don the blue jersey, and he’ll no doubt be keen to improve those numbers before hanging up his boots.
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