Top 5 Bowling Performances of Krishnappa Gowtham in IPL

Best Bowling Performances of Krishnappa Gowtham in IPL

In T20 cricket, numbers and statistics quite often tend to misguide fans into forming an opinion about a player. That definitely seems to be the case with all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham, whose numbers do not justify his mammoth price tag. In the 22 matches he has played so far, Gowtham has only picked up 12 wickets and has added 144 runs to his name.

But being a utility cricketer, Krishnappa Gowtham checks all the three boxes – bowling, fielding and batting. Perhaps that might be the reason why Rajasthan Royals shelled out INR 6.2 crores for him in 2018, and why Kings XI Punjab traded him in for the same amount for the upcoming season. He has delivered quite a few good spells in his time at IPL so far.

Best Bowling Performances of Krishnappa Gowtham in IPL

Let us have a look at Top Bowling Performances of Krishnappa Gowtham in IPL:


5. 0/19 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Bowling Performances of Krishnappa Gowtham

A look at the numbers Krishnappa Gowtham will tell you that though the spinner has not picked up wickets aplenty, he has been fairly economical so far. Our first mention on this list is from one such match in 2019, where Gowtham played a crucial role in his team’s victory despite failing to pick up any wickets.

Batting first, Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a good start with both openers Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel firing from the start. While others struggled to contain runs, Gowtham maintained a healthy economy rate both with the new and the old ball. He conceded only 19 runs from his four overs. Ultimately, Bangalore scored 158 which the Royals chased down with only a ball to spare.

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4. 1/18 vs Kings XI Punjab

Bowling Performances of Krishnappa Gowtham

The match against Kings XI Punjab back in 2018 was another such instance where Gowtham helped his side with his economical spell. The Royals batted first and could only manage to amass a meagre total of 152. With KL Rahul in sublime knick, Punjab got off to a great start.

But Gowtham again put a hold on the flow of runs. He conceded only 18 runs from the three overs he bowled, at an impressive run-a-ball economy rate. He also took the wicket of all-rounder Axar Patel. Unfortunately, this time he ended up being on the losing side.

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3. 2/23 vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Krishnappa Gowtham in IPL

By now, you have got the point. Gowtham’s best spells might not have had three-wicket hauls, but it definitely had economy rates of under run-a-ball. Back when Royals hosted Kolkata Knight Riders at their home in 2018, Gowtham’s batters again gave him a very lukewarm total to defend.

KKR would have been very comfortable chasing a target of 161, had it not been for Gowtham catching Chris Lynn clean bowled in the first over. Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa then built a 69-run partnership to once again make the game bland, but Gowtham added a bit of spice to it when got the wicket of Uthappa. From there onwards, KKR batters wisely decided to play Gowtham’s overs out and target other bowlers. The result was that though Gowtham ended up as being RR’s most economical bowler, KKR eventually won the game.

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2. 2/15 vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Bowling Performances of Krishnappa Gowtham

Rajasthan Royals‘ best performance in recent seasons came in 2018 when they managed to reach the eliminator. Here again, Gowtham got the better of Knights’ top order. Known for his knack of taking wickets with the new ball, Gowtham picked up the wicket of opener Sunil Narine in the first over.

In his second over, he picked up the wicket of Robin Uthappa to throw KKR into the back seat. He conceded only 15 runs from his three overs. However, KKR batters took Jaydev Unadkat and Ben Laughlin for a ride to put a fighting total of 169, which Rajasthan never looked comfortable chasing.

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1. 2/12 vs Kings XI Punjab

Bowling Performances of Krishnappa Gowtham in IPL

The return-leg match against Punjab in 2018 was special for Gowtham for more than his bowling. In this match, he has promoted up the order to as high as number three. While that punt didn’t play out, Gowtham did an impressive job with the ball in his hand. Batting first, Royals could manage to score only 158.

Punjab were always favourites to win with their mammoth of a batting unit, but things changed in a jiffy when Gowtham got the better of both Chris Gayle and Ravichandran Ashwin in the third over. Thankfully for him, this time his efforts were not wasted as Royals managed to restrict Punjab to only 143.

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