Bowlers have often endured an unfair amount of a hard time in Indian Premier League (IPL) or franchise cricket. Flat wickets and small boundaries, and the dew factor, have indeed made bowlers’ work of containing the batsmen and picking up wickets challenging. Nevertheless, it would be unreasonable to discredit the work of the handful of skillful bowlers.
The 13 completed IPL editions have seen plenty of bowlers bowl exceptionally well under pressure, especially under death. Such bowlers have not only controlled the runs by nailing the yorkers consistently, but also picking up key wickets at crucial junctures. Moreover, these spells have managed to secure wins out of some impossible positions, enabling them to earn hefty amounts from franchises.
We take a look at ten bowlers in IPL with highest combined earnings thus far:
10. Mohammed Shami – INR 34,70,00,000:
Mohammed Shami has been one of India’s leading bowlers across formats. The 30-year old has been part of Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals previously; however, some of his notable performances have come for the Punjab Kings, which he joined back in 2019. Sham took 19 wickets in 14 matches that year at 24.68.
The Bengal seamer followed with another exemplary season in 2020 as he took 20 wickets in 14 games at 23.00 in the UAE. The right-arm seamer performed exquisitely in the super over against the Mumbai Indians, unleashing a series of unplayable yorkers as Punjab emerged victorious after two super overs.