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Most economical bowlers in the history of the Indian Premier League

The 10th edition of the IPL starts on the 5th of April 2017. While T-20 cricket is believed to be a batsmen's game, a no. of bowlers have been sensational, and batsmen have struggled against them. Here we look at the ten most economical bowlers in the tournament's history:

 

10) Mustafizur Rahman: 17 wickets at 6.90

The "Fizz", as he is called was superb in his first season, and his slower off cutters were extremely handy in the death overs. The fact that he was chosen ahead of a bowler like Trent Boult highlights how good he was last season. If Sunrisers are to retain their title, they would need the "Emerging Player of the Tournament" of last season to be at his best.

 

9) Daniel Vettori: 28 wickets at 6.78

The Kiwi legend warmed the bench at Delhi Daredevils but was an integral part of the RCB where he led the team to the final in 2011. Vettori was extremely accurate with his line and length and so was difficult for batsmen to get away. He currently serves as the coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

 

8) Roelof Van der Merwe: 21 wickets at 6.74

The current Netherlands spinner played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in his inaugural season and became a fan favourite with his hard hitting abilities and tight bowling. While he did not play a lot in the subsequent seasons, he boasts an economy rate below seven which is considered brilliant in the shortest format.

 

7) Dale Steyn: 92 wickets at 6.72

The Proteas speedster has been a terrific performer throughout the tournament's history, and while injuries and age have started taking their toll on him, he remains one of the best bowlers in the tournament's history. Steyn combined great pace with swing and was a nightmare for batsmen when at his best.He would surely be missed this year as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury.

 

6) Muttiah Muralitharan: 63 wickets at 6.67

The Srilankan legend was an integral member of the Chennai Super Kings side for three seasons and also helped them to the title in 2010. Murali did not pick up 3-4 wickets every game, but did not concede a lot as he kept the pressure on the batsmen. He hung up his boots in 2014 and currently works with the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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