In a match where the playing surfaces are slow and dry with every passing day, it is surprising that the most successful bowlers so far in the Indian Premier League are crack bowlers.
According to Delhi Capitals fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) surfaces have been helped to oscillate, which allows fast bowlers to get out of wickets.
The list of best wicket-takers – considering the top 15 – is similar to who gets the best wickets with Kakiso Rabada, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumra, Joffra Archer, Anrich Nordez and Trent Bolt. These names, in fact, can find themselves among those who took the first 10 wickets.
Only Yusvendra Sahal, Rashid Khan and Rahul Sahar have won enough to challenge them, but both Sahil and Rashid have gone down the list after being in high positions earlier in the tournament.
Leading by 21 wickets from 10 matches, Rabada is five wickets ahead of his nearest rival Mohammad Shami by 16 wickets, although bowling in the UAE is somewhat similar to bowling in India, but it is still a different experience.
“The conditions here are tricky. It’s a little different. Sometimes there is folding movement. In Abu Dhabi, the ball is spinning. All the wickets were as slow as India, but they were strangely slow. I feel there is some folding movement sometimes,” Rabada told a news conference. He cited the example of the Royal Challengers Bangalore-Kolkata Knight Riders match on Wednesday night.