Five star spinners who are going to shine in this season of IPL. The Indian Premier League is coming back to home with IPL 2022. The previous season took place in the UAE because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we are going to talk about spin bowlers. Spinners are more vulnerable to go for runs in T2OIs but that also provides them with a greater opportunity to take wickets. They are the heart of any IPL team. They are the ones who pick important wickets to break the partnership. But it is quite shocking to know that the Purple cap in IPL history has been won only twice by spinners. The first one was won by Pragyan Ojha in 2010 and second was won by Imran Tahir in 2019. The pitches in UAE did provide some assistance to spinners. However, as IPL is making a comeback to Indian grounds, spinners are expected to go on an attacking mode towards the batsmen. Indian grounds are considered spinner friendly. Therefore IPL 2022 will be a season of spinners. Let’s take a look at five spinners who are going to shine in this season of IPL.
Rashid Khan (Gujarat Titans)
He has played a number of different T20 leagues around the globe, including the BBL, and has sharpened his bowling skills in this format incredibly well. He is respected very well by top batsman. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, without a doubt, is definitely one of the most dangerous spinner in the Indian Premier League currently and in the world as well. Since his debut in IPL 2017, he has impressed everyone with his mastery, deception and variations. The leg-spinner has the ability to deceive batsmen even when they are trying to play him out safely. Rashid Khan is master of spin bowling and he seems to get better and better with every edition of the IPL. Last year, he was among the top performers in the IPL. He picked up 20 wickets in 16 matches with an amazing economy rate of 5.37 which shows how difficult batsmen found to face him.
Yuzvendra Chahal (Rajasthan Royals)
It is not possible to talk about spinners in the IPL without mentioning Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Yuzvendra Chahal. The leg-spinner is all set to play his 9th season and has almost become a veteran of this league. He has 121 IPL career wickets in 99 games. He is placed ninth in the all-time highest wicket-takers list. Chahal picked 21 wickets in 15 matches with an economy rate of 7.08 in the last season. The experienced leg-spinner has a horrific time in international cricket for past few time. He was smashed for big runs against Australia in the ODI series. He had a poor time in the T20I series as well. As a result, he did not get sufficient chances against England. IPL 2022 will be highly significant for him. Kohli will hope that Chahal, the wicket-taking bowler, turns up in IPL 2022 and again transform himself into a match-winner once again.
Rahul Chahar (Punjab Kings)
Cousin of Deepak Chahar, that was the initial identity of Rahul Chahar. Unlike Deepak, Rahul is a leg spinner who represents Rajasthan in domestic cricket. He is often known for his magical googlies. The younger Chahar gave up his studies very early to focus on his cricket. The 21-year-old is currently a skilful leg spinner for Mumbai Indians. Captain Rohit Sharma has very well used Rahul Chahar in the powerplay overs and he has proved himself suitable to do the difficult job. He had taken 15 wickets in 15 matches in the last season by making great use of the conditions in the UAE. He will be eager to replicate his success in IPL 2022. Rahul Chahar has been an important player of Mumbai Indians’ spin department since the 2019 season. He stopped the run-flow in the middle overs and provided his team with crucial wickets. He is one of the best findings of the IPL and would prove to be a key member in making Punjab Kings champions.
Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Varun has an amazing season last year and took 17 wickets in 13 matches in UAE. The Tamil Nadu leg spinner has became an essential part of the team. He was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020 to level up their spin bowling department and he stand up to his expectations. His fine performances earned him his maiden India call-up for the Australian Tour but he was unable to take the opportunity due to an injury. He was also picked for the T20I series against England but he again was not able to make it and this time because he failed to clear the fitness test multiple times. Varun has a chance to again earn an opportunity to have a spot in the Indian team by having an even better IPL. With greater assistance from Indian pitches he can perform even better than the last season.
Ravi Bishnoi (Gujarat Titans)
In comparison to the other names in the list, it is quite shocking to see his name. However he was quite confident in facing the star batsmen in IPL 2020 which won the youngster many admirers. He was one of the heroes in India’s U19 World Cup campaign in 2020, although the tournament ended in a shock defeat to Bangladesh in the final. Bishnoi was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. He was picked up by Punjab Kings in the IPL 2020 auction for INR 2 crore. The franchise showed faith in him and give him opportunity in all 14 games in the tournament. Bishnoi stood on to the expectations and picked up 12 wickets with an economy rate of 7.37 which are commendable figures for a debut bowler in the big league. Every time he came on to bowl, it looked like he was ready for the battle. In this season also he will be taking on superstars with his bowling skills.