We witnessed some sensational spells throughout season 16 of the IPL. Some youngsters impressed the cricketing fraternity, while some experienced campaigners continued their dominance. Both spinners and pacers got rewarded when they bowled the right areas. But who was the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2023?
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10 Highest Wicket-Takers In IPL 2023
Underlying are the 10 top wicket-takers of IPL 16:
1. Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami was the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2023. The Gujarat Titans’ bowler claimed the purple cap for the first time in his career. Shami took 28 wickets in his 17 outings with the ball. His best spell in the competition had figures of 4 for 11. Shami went for 8.03 runs per over and gave 18.64 runs on average for a wicket.
The fast bowler dismissed a batter every 14 balls and took a couple of 4-fers. He usually bowled 2 to 3 overs in the powerplay and was incredibly hard to get away. He swung the ball both ways at pace to trouble the batters. Shami also executed his yorkers well at the death to control the flow of runs.
2. Mohit Sharma
Mohit Sharma returned to the Indian Premier League after a break of two years. He didn’t get an opportunity to play in the first 3 matches. His inclusion in the 4th game made an immediate impact for Gujarat as he returned with figures of 2 for 18. He performed consistently well and stood up to the big occasions.
In the 2nd qualifier, where a win was a must for the Titans, Mohit bowled an exceptional spell of 5 for 10 in just 2.2 overs. It paved his team’s way towards the final. He was expensive in the final as he went for 36 runs in 3 overs. But he took 3 wickets and almost bowled his team to victory in the final. However, Ravindra Jadeja smashed him for a 6 and 4 to turn things around.
Overall, he took 27 wickets in just 14 games. His economy rate of 8.17 was quite brilliant, as he mostly bowled in the second half of the innings. The most impressive stat for him was his strike rate of 9.81. He averaged just 13.37 with the ball. His best figures were 5 for 10, and he got 2 four-fers and a five-fer.
3. Rashid Khan
Among the spinners, Rashid Khan was the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2023. Like Shami and Mohit, he also represented Gujarat Titans. The leggie picked 27 wickets at an economy rate of 8.23. He struck once in about 15 balls and gave 20.44 runs for one wicket. The Afghan’s best bowling figures were 4 for 30, and he also took a hat-trick in the competition.
4. Piyush Chawla
If someone told you before this IPL that this man would be on this list, you would be surprised. The veteran denied all the odds by picking 22 wickets in 16 innings. He gave just 8.11 runs per over and took a wicket every 16.63 balls. His bowling average in IPL 2023 was 22 and a half. 3 for 22 were Chawla’s best bowling figures.
5. Yuzvendra Chahal
The purple cap winner of the last year’s IPL was the 5th highest wicket-taker of IPL 2023. The wrist-spinner took 21 wickets in 14 matches. His economy rate and average were 8.17 and 20.57, respectively. Chahal dismissed a batter in almost every 15 balls. He took three 4-wicket-hauls with a best of 4 for 17.
6. Tushar Deshpande
Chennai Super Kings had a highly-inexperienced pace attack this year. Deepak Chahar got injured in the early stages of the league, and CSK looked out of sorts. In this situation, Tushar Deshpande stepped up to lead the bowling lineup. He held the purple cap for a significant period in the league phase.
Tushar’s 16 outings with the ball brought 21 wickets. His strike rate of 16.23 in the league was quite terrific. But he was highly expensive as he went for almost 10(9.92) an over. He also conceded about 27 runs for a wicket. His best IPL 2023 spell had figures of 3 for 45. Despite that, he had a significant role in CSK, claiming their 5th IPL title.
7. Varun Chakravarthy
Varun is the 4th wrist-spinner on the list of the 10 highest wicket-takers of IPL 2023. His consistent performances in the league earned him a spot in India’s squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to replicate his IPL success at the International level. It resulted in a decline in his form, but he made a great return this year.
Chakravarthy was the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2023 for the Kolkata Knight Riders. He made 14 appearances with the ball to get 20 wickets. His best bowling figures were 4 for 15, and that was also his only 4-wicket haul. He also had an impressive economy rate of 8.14. The mystery spinner took 15.8 balls and gave 21.45 runs to get a wicket.
8. Ravindra Jadeja
Fans will remember Ravi Jadeja for hitting a 6 and 4 on the last 2 balls of IPL 2023 to give his team their 5th title. But he made great contributions with the ball, too, in the same league. He picked up 20 wickets in 16 innings while going at only 7.56 runs per over. His bowling average was 21.55, and he took a wicket almost every 17 balls. Jadeja’s best bowling figures in IPL 16 were 3 for 20.
9. Matheesha Pathirana
Matheesha Pathirana was undoubtedly the find of this year’s IPL. The teenager was called “Junior Malinga” before this season, and he showed everyone why he deserves that name. The fast bowler has a slingy action, and he bowls as quick as 150 kph. He can regularly bowl in excess of 145 clicks, and he has got a brilliant slower ball as well. But what made Pathirana stand out was his pin-point yorker, which made him a go-to-choice for Dhoni at the death.
The 19-year-old mostly bowled 3 overs straight towards the end of the innings. That’s why his economy rate of 8 is remarkable. He took 19 wickets in 12 matches with a best of 3 for 15. He took a wicket every 14.63 balls and conceded 19 and a half runs to get a breakthrough.
10. Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj is the last man on this list who was also the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2023 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He bowled in 14 matches to grab 19 wickets. The seamer went for only 7 and a half runs per over in the league. His average and strike rate were 19.73 and 15.78, respectively. Siraj’s best spell in IPL 2023 had the figures of 4 for 21.
Highest Wicket Taker of IPL 2023– Top 10 List
Following is the tabular summary of all the discussion in this article:
Player Team Matches Wickets Economy Rate Best Figures Average Strike Rate
Mohammed Shami Gujarat Titans 17 28 8.03 4/11 18.64 13.92
Mohit Sharma Gujarat Titans 14 27 8.17 5/10 13.37 9.81
Rashid Khan Gujarat Titans 17 27 8.23 4/30 20.44 14.88
Piyush Chawla Mumbai Indians 16 22 8.11 3/22 22.5 16.63
Yuzvendra Chahal Rajasthan Royals 14 21 8.17 4/17 20.57 15.09
Tushar Deshpande Chennai Super Kings 16 21 9.92 3/45 26.85 16.23
Varun Chakaravarthy Kolkata Knight Riders 14 20 8.14 4/15 21.45 15.8
Ravindra Jadeja Chennai Super Kings 16 20 7.56 3/20 21.55 17.1
Matheesha Pathirana Chennai Super Kings 12 19 8 3/15 19.52 14.63
Mohammed Siraj Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 19 7.5 4/21 19.73 15.78
The Bottom Line
Mohammed Shami was the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2023, with 28 scalps in 17 matches. The 3 top wicket-takers were all from Gujarat Titans. The top 10 wicket-takers included 3 each from the Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans. Whereas the remaining 4 were one each from the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals.
Punjab Kings, Lucknow Super Giants, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Capitals didn’t have a bowler among the top 10 IPL 2023 wicket takers. These 10 names include 5 pacers and as many spinners. Only one of those 5 spin bowlers is a finger spinner, while the other 4 are wrist spinners. That only finger spinner is Ravindra Jadeja, and he also had the best economy rate on this list.Highest Wicket Taker of IPL 2023– Top 10 List