SRH vs GT: Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the verge of breaking Dwayne Bravo’s record to become the most successful pacer in IPL

Updated - 16 May 2024, 11:37 AM

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SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is on the verge of making history in the upcoming match against the Gujarat Titans (GT). Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the opportunity to become the most successful fast bowler in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Bhuvneshwar Kumar struggled to take wickets earlier in the IPL 2024. However, the right-arm pacer has shown improvement in recent matches. Bhuvneshwar has secured 11 wickets in 12 matches with an economy rate of 9.13, with best bowling figures of 3/41.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar On The Verge Of Breaking Dwayne Bravo’s Record

SunRisers Hyderabad will face the Gujarat Titans at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday, May 16. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is on the brink of surpassing Dwayne Bravo's record. Kumar needs just three more wickets to claim the top spot in the elite list.

The 34-year-old pacer has taken 181 wickets in 172 IPL matches at an average of 26.56 and an impressive economy rate of 7.51. Bhuvneshwar represented Pune Warriors India (PWI) and SRH in the prestigious tournament. Kumar has been a member of SRH since IPL 2014.

Dwayne Bravo ended his IPL career with 183 wickets in 161 games at an average of 23.82 and an economy rate of 8.38. Veteran Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal leads the list with 204 wickets in 158 IPL matches, followed by Piyush Chawla with 189 wickets in 191 matches.

Bravo and Bhuvneshwar are in the first two places in the list of top wicket-takers among pacers in the IPL. Mumbai Indians pacers Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah have dismissed 170 and 165 batters, respectively.

POSITION PLAYER TEAM (S) MATCHES WICKETS BEST FIGURES
1. Dwayne Bravo MI, CSK, GL 161 183 4/22
2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar PWI, SRH 172 181 5/19
3. Lasith Malinga MI 122 170 5/13
4. Jasprit Bumrah MI 133 165 5/10
5. Umesh Yadav KKR, GT, RCB, DC 148 144 4/23

Don't Think Bhuvneshwar Kumar Ever Lost It - Aiden Markram

Former SRH skipper Aiden Markram praised Bhuvneshwar Kumar's leadership abilities. Markram acknowledged Kumar's impact on the team's success over the years.

"I don't think Bhuvneshwar Kumar ever lost it, to be honest. He sort of leads from the front in his own calm and silent way. It's been fantastic for us to watch," Markram told PTI.

"But the bowling unit as a whole has really confronted this challenge of the batters that's been happening this season with the scene of impact player. They found their own unique ways to try to keep the batters calm and also try to find ways to keep taking wickets. But definitely, someone like Bhuvi leading from the front, as he's done for many, many years, has been excellent for you," he added.

Bhuvneshwar is India's leading wicket-taker among pace bowlers in T20Is. The 34-year-old has taken 90 wickets in 86 innings. However, he last appeared in international cricket in November 2022. Kumar didn't secure a spot in India's World Cup squad and is unlikely to return to the national team.

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