Indian Premier League 2018 - Top 5 Spinners in the first half of the League

Indian Premier League 2018 has entered into its business end. The pitch is expected to give a lot of assistance to spinners hence after but here are few spinners who have been impressive since the start. IPL first half usually a batting friendly while the second half assist the slower bowlers. As expected there are a lot of pace bowlers who are in the hunt for the purple cap but things can change drastically with spinners starting to determine the outcome of the matches. Here are top 5 spinners  so far in the Indian Premier League

Rashid Khan

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan celebrates (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The young Afghanistan spinner has established himself as one of the most valuable spinners in the IPL. This season too, he has been impressive picking up 12 wickets in 9 matches. More importantly, he has applied the brakes on the opposition’s scoring rate which has kept the Sunrisers in the top half of the table. His quick arm action, which he says is his strength is difficult to be picked by the batsmen. After being picked up for 4 crore rupees at the auction, he has given the management no regrets.

He holds the record for being the fastest bowler to reach the 100 wickets milestone. He is surely a bowler that Afghanistan can look forward to their series against to oppositions. The Afghan leggie is definitely one to watch in the Sunrisers colors when they enter into the last leg of the Indian Premier Leauge stage.

Mujeeb ur Rahman

 Mujeeb Ur Rahman in action during IPL 2018  , AFP
Mujeeb Ur Rahman in action during IPL 2018 , AFP

Yet another Afghanistani teenager and the youngest ever player to play in the IPL, Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been a regular in the KXIP lineup this season. He has regularly picked up wickets And more importantly, he has been very economical.

His performance against Delhi Daredevils was a stand out one where he held his nerve in the final over to see his team through. He has lived up to the expectations after being picked up for quite a high price of 4 crores.

He surely has been one of the picks of the season. Mujeeb focus is more on the line and length, his accuracy makes him difficult to get away. His prize possession must be the wicket of Virat Kohli at the start of the league.

Mayank Markande

Mayank has been revelation with Mumbai Indians (AFP)
Mayank with Mumbai Indians (AFP)

So many Indian players have used IPL as a stage to introduce themselves to international cricket. This season has been no different. 20-year-old Mayank Markande has been the pick of the Indian players so far. Although Mumbai Indians have had a difficult season, he has not failed to attract attention.

The leg-spinner is yet to play for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy are the only domestic tournaments that he has played in. With such a good performance for Mumbai Indians, he can be hopeful about a Ranji callup and maybe someday an international call-up as well (owing to the fact that India captain Virat Kohli likes to go with a leg spin-off spin combination)

Sunil Narine

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Narine is undoubtedly one of the most-handy and reliable T20 specialists in world cricket. His superb economy rate and ability to pick up regular wickets makes him a dangerous bowler, and his improvement batting ability over the past 1 year has only added icing to the cake. He has found it hard after the action change but he definitely a bowler you can bank on any day and night.

He has been highly influential in KKR’s good run this season. Narine has delivered whenever he was asked to open the batting and did well with the ball as well. He had been by far the best player for KKR this season

Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav (IPL)
Kuldeep Yadav (IPL)

Having picked up 8 wickets in 10 matches, Kuldeep Yadav has had a pretty decent season for KKR. Kolkata Knight riders reliance on spin bowling is evident from their 3 leggies making into the top wicket-takers list. With an economy rate of just above 8, he makes it to the list of the top 5 spinners in the IPL this season.

The second half of the VIVO IPL 2018 will definitely work in favor of spinners and these five can play the big role in the outcome of the final 4 of the League.

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