In the limited-overs format, the depth over bowling is the most important part of the innings. The batsmen are in full swing to taking the bowlers apart, and so the bowlers should be on their toes during this phase of the innings where the game can be taken away, and it might decide the winning and losing margin.
The depth is considered at the last four overs in the T20s and ODI innings. The bowlers need to have that skill to upset the batsmen’s rhythm by picking up the wickets and restricting the flow of the runs with their accuracy and variations. That is why the Bumrahas and Rabadas are so crucial in IPL and the T20 format.
In the first half of the IPL 2021 season, many bowlers had bowled well in the overs from 16 to 20. Some youngsters like Chetan Sakariya even earned the maiden call up to play for their national side because of their impressive performance in the first leg of the cash-rich league tournament.
Today we shall see the five best performances of the death overs in the first half of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League –
Harshal Patel – The RCB bowlers did a decent job in the first half of the IPL 2021 season. He picked up wickets, and he was the only RCB bowler to claim five wickets against Mumbai Indians in the IPL history. But he also leaked runs during the depth overs.
Jaddu smashed him for 37 runs in the final over of the match, which RCB played against CSK. Other than that, Patel gave a decent bowling performance in the tournament. Overall, Harshal bowled 13 overs at the depth, and he picked up ten wickets. But also conceded 144 runs. RCB will require improved performance in the UAE leg from Patel.
Chris Morris – The South African Player was the most expensive player in the history of the IPL during the IPL 2021 auctions. RR brought him because of his all-around skills and his specialty in depth over the department. But Morris wasn’t up to that expectation. he could have done more superior things. But still, he managed to get away as a decent bowler tag.
Even though Morris bowled well in the death overs, he took nine wickets and conceded 80 runs in eight overs. Against KKR, Morris bagged his best figures. He picked up four wickets and gave away 23 runs. Morris gave just 14 runs in-depth over the match and took two wickets to his name.
Jasprit Bumrah – Boom Boom Bumrah has been the depth-over specialist for India since his debut. He is the trump card of the Mumbai Indians side, so MI is so successful as an IPL team. Bumrah had bowled, picked up four wickets in 13 depth over, and gave away 96 runs in those many overs.
Bumrah also bowled an exceptional spell against KKR at the depth. He gave just 12 runs in the last two overs, which allowed him to win that contest. But he also leaked runs in the last four overs against ABD’s RCB and Rayudu-Jaddu’s CSK. Even a champion bowler like Bumrah can have more than a one-off day on the cricket field.
Avesh Khan – The pacer from Delhi Capitals had impressed everyone with his pace, speed, variations, and accuracy. Many were surprised that he wasn’t selected for the Sri Lankan tour, even as a net bowler.
Avesh was the second-highest wicket-taker after Harshal Patel in the first half of the IPL 2021 season. But his bowling in depth overs was a mixed bag. He picked up four wickets in ten overs and gave away 96 runs in the last four overs.
Sam Curran – The seam bowling all-rounder from England is a vital member of the CSK lineup. He didn’t get many opportunities to bat. But his bowling was decent enough than the last year. Sam Curran went for runs in the last four of the T20 innings of the first half of the 2021 tournament.
Sam bowled well as he held his nerve against KKR when Cummins and Russell were on the charge. But against MI, which was the last game for CSK in the IPL 2021, Sam was smashed by Pollard and Hardik. He was expensive in that match because that CSK lost the encounter. Overall, Sam had bowled eight overs in depth. He picked up four wickets and gave away 92 runs.