Home > Features >

IPL 2014: Capped vs Uncapped Indian bowlers

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (top left) has been the most impressive of all bowling well at the death and has been accurate with his yorkers © IANS & PTI
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (top left) has been the most impressive of all bowling well at the death and has been accurate with his yorkers © IANS & PTI

While there was a lot of hullabaloo about Indian bowlers unable to crack the whip in the last six months, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 figures state otherwise. Out of the top 10 Indian bowlers in the tournament, six of them have played for India at some point of time. On the other hand, the figures of uncapped Indian bowlers are not so disheartening either. Sudatta Mukherjee looks at whether India are fine with the current bowling line-up or need a change.

After playing six Tests and 35 ODIs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar‘s bowling average stood as 37.88 and 37.32 respectively. His T20Is in international cricket average of 17.54 has been far better than that; additionally, he has had an economy rate of 6.22. Mohit Sharma‘s averages, on the other hand, have looked pretty distressing. Varun Aaron, who had made his debut three years ago (of course, he has not played a lot of matches), does not have a good average either.

On the other hand, there were these new set of bowlers, some who have had already made a mark in domestic cricket and some who became famous through IPL. One of them is Sandeep Sharma. The Under-19 World Cup-winning bowler’s First-Class bowling average is 22.78. His average in the shortest format of the game is 18.07. Then there is Pravin Tambe, for whom age is just a number. After getting noticed in last season of IPL, he got a chance to play First-Class cricket for Mumbai. After 22 T20 games, his average stood at 17.90 and he had a good economy rate of 6.39.

The top ten Indian bowlers in the IPL 2014 stats consists of four capped Indian bowlers.

Player

Matches

Wkts

BBI

Ave

Econ

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

10

18

4 for 14

12.88

5.92

Mohit Sharma

10

18

4 for 14

15.22

7.86

Lasith Malinga

10

16

4 for 23

15.81

6.45

Sunil Narine

10

14

4 for 20

17.64

6.17

Sandeep Sharma

8

14

3 for 15

17.85

8.28

Pravin Tambe

10

14

4 for 20

19.35

6.77

Ravindra Jadeja

10

13

4 for 12

19.53

7.54

Mitchell Starc

10

13

2 for 21

21.76

7.25

Varun Aaron

8

12

3 for 16

19.5

7.88

Yuzvendra Chahal

10

12

2 for 17

21.08

6.48

Blue: Capped Indian bowlers   Green: Uncapped Indian bowlers

Sandeep Sharma, Tambe and Chahal have already made an impact on the field by their performances. While Sandeep has made a big name for scalping some key wickets like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, etc.; the good thing about Sandeep is that he is able to provide the early breakthrough which is much needed in a game of T20. On the other hand, Chahal has been the bowler who has given away few runs and has put pressure on the opposition. Tambe’s has been the fairytale saga of IPL. A year after he was discovered, he still continues to unsettle batsmen, with his leg-breaks. All-in-all, there is a good bench of uncapped players waiting to get a call from national selectors.

In international matches, Indian bowling line-up has been strengthened by Bhuvneshwar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin and occasionally by Amit Mishra, in recent times. Ravindra Jadeja also comes handy as a bowler. Mohit Sharma and Aaron has been tested in recent times, as has been Umesh Yadav. Most of them in their early stages of career have a long way to go and it will be unfair to write them off at this point.

The good factor for selectors is the fact that the capped players are doing quite well in IPL. For example, Bhuvneshwar  has managed to pick up only four wickets from last six T20 matches. He has an average of 25.75 in ICC World T20 2014. Fast forward: He is the orange cap holder at the time of writing of this article, with 18 wickets from 10 matches and has an average of 12.88.

However, for once if the national selectors have to look beyond the capped players, they have got Sandeep, who has picked up 14 wickets from the eight IPL matches he has played till now and has a good average of 17.85. Most importantly in very short time, he has become the captain’s go-to man.

While the uncapped players are the talk of the IPL, the capped Indian bowlers have done enough to prove that they shouldn’t be left unnoticed.

(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played Table Tennis for University of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

India vs West Indies 4th ODI at Dharamsala

Videos

AB de Villiers speaks ahead of New Zealand ODIs

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Virat Kohli takes wicket with the first (0th?) ball of his T20I career

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography — a litany of complaints with a few redeeming patches

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 BCCI India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 New Zealand Pakistan Salaam Cricket South Africa West Indies West Indies cancel India tour 2014 West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India West Indies vs India 2014

Rohit Sharma to make comeback, Manoj Tiwary to lead in practice match against Sri Lanka

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Venues for 5 ODIs announced

MS Dhoni rested, Virat Kohli to lead in first 3 India vs Sri Lanka ODIs

India suspend bilateral cricket ties with West Indies

West Indies cancel India tour 2014: BCCI to initiate legal action against WICB

Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 20 ODI hundreds

A Pakistan all-time XI: A galaxy of captains

James Neesham can provide more impetus to New Zealand’s weakened batting up the order

Virender Sehwag turns 36: Five most memorable innings of the Nawab of Najafgarh

New Zealand begin ICC World Cup 2015 preparations with 15 ODIs in store

Fan of the Day

Gautam Singh

Gautam Singh

474 Posts | 5 Fans

Video Highlights Mohammed Yousuf drops catch after watching a girl in bikini

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test: Australia set for major makeover

Sonakshi Sinha completes shooting for Rajinikanth’s Lingaa!

Apple Q4 2014 earnings: 39.3 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, and 5.5 million Macs sold

Be compassionate to animals this Diwali

OMG: Ranveer Singh finally shaves off his head – view pic!

NGOs pursue education for all

Lorde’s ‘Royals’ banned from San Francisco radio stations

मध्यप्रदेश में डेंगू अलर्ट

हर्षवर्धन: जसोला में एम्स आधारित एआईआईए खोला जाएगा

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here