In the wake of the pandemic situation, the last season of IPL was hosted in UAE. The Gulf country did provide some assistance for the spinners to make it to the match. However, the Indian Premier League will make a comeback on the Indian pitches. The spinners are expected to put the batsmen’s head on a spin with their power-packed performances. Some restrictions will be followed this year as the VIVO IPL 2021 matches will be played behind closed doors.
Let’s glance through some of the spinners to watch out for this season of the IPL T20 cricket league.
1. Rahul Chahar
Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is among the key members of the team. In IPL 2019, he gave impressive performances by claiming 13 wickets in as many games at a strike rate of 21.69, maintaining an economy rate of 6.55. In the last season of IPL in the UAE, Chahar made great use of the conditions and picked 15 wickets in as many matches. The skillful leg spinner owns 30 wickets to his name after playing 31 IPL matches.
2. Ravichandran Ashwin
R. Ashwin is among the most valuable players on the DC team. He is likely to lead the spin attack of the Delhi franchise. In the last season, despite sitting out a few games due to a shoulder injury, he took 14 wickets from 15 matches. He is currently the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the IPL league’s history. The wily off-spinner has been legendary with his performances till now. It will be interesting to watch him perform in the IPL this year.
3. Varun Chakravarthy
Varun was roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team in 2020 for spin bowling. His outstanding performance earned him a maiden India call-up for the Australian Tour. Also, he was selected for the Twenty20 International (T20I) series, but his fitness let him down twice. In the last season, Varun demonstrated his skills by taking 17 wickets in 13 matches. With such brilliant performance, the spinner has become an essential part of the Kolkata Knight Rider team.
4. Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan is one of the most effective slow bowlers in the last few seasons of IPL. The talented leg-spinner has a unique ability to deceive the batsmen even when they try to play him out safely. The Sunrisers Hyderabad spinner impressed everyone with his mastery, deception, and variations. In the last season of IPL, he went for less than six and over (5.37).
5. Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal is one of the most talked-about players when it comes to top-performing spinners in the IPL. The 2021 season of IPL could be a significant tournament for Yuzvendra Chahal. He was brutally thrashed by Australia in the ODI series and had a distressing time in the T20I series. At the beginning of IPL 2020, Chahal had stopped being an automatic choice for cricket matches due to his performances. However, he managed to pace up in the last season and transformed himself into a match-winner once again. Even though Chahal had a subdued T20I series and didn’t get picked for the ODIs, he has become a crucial member of the side.