Euro 2020 Special

Ranking the Death Bowling of All Indian T20 League Teams

Death bowling is the key to any successful T20 side in the world as a solid unit makes the difference of 10-20 runs which is a significant margin at the end of any match. Over the years we’ve seen that the eventual champions of the Indian T20 League usually have the best death bowling set up in the competition and hence, they stand out in their season.

It is the hardest time for any bowler to bowl in as the batters have the license to go for it every ball and with big bats and small boundaries even miss-hits tend to go the distance. The bowlers who can keep their nerves and execute their yorkers and slower balls at will are the ones who tend to make normal squads into championship-winning ones.

In this piece, we’ll rate the death bowling setup of all the teams from what we’ve witnessed in the 2021 edition so far.



Team Kolkata has been the most disappointing of the lot as they have all the means to be successful but have failed to deliver so far in the competition. They go in with a unique strategy of opening the bowling with spinand finishing it with Andre Russell who doesn’t bowl at all till the 16th over of the game.

All four of their fast bowlers used so far have gone above 9 runs an over and that is well below the standard desired at such a high level.



Jofra Archer was always going to be the man to go to in the death overs but with him being ruled out from the season, the team was always going to struggle to replace him. To be fair, Mustafizur Rahman has done reasonably well as he can execute his yorkers with brilliant accuracy.

They’d be disappointed with how their big-money signing Chris Morris has gone so far in the four games. He has gone over 9.92 runs per over and they need him to up his game in the coming matches.


TEAM PUNJAB – 6.5/10

After a disappointing start to the season, Team Punjab seem to be back on track after a deserved win against defending champions Team Mumbai. With their opening matches all at the Wankhede Stadium, the team struggled miserably with their death bowling.

Their two star buys from the auction, Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, have had a difficult start to life in the Indian T20 League as both have economies of 10 and beyond. The bright spot has been the form of their Indian seamers in Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Shami. Both have picked six wickets each in the season and are looking confident in the death overs.



Team Hyderabad were hailed as the best bowling unit before the season started but in the due course have lost one of the most important players in the squad, T Natarajan. He will be a massive miss for the team but so far, Khaleel Ahmed has done well in the couple of matches he has featured in.

They’d be disappointed with how Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s season has gone so far but he is a champion bowler and would bounce back for sure. They have plenty of options in the squad to experiment with and with just one win under their belt, the team would be hoping to find the ideal combination soon.


From the outside, it may seem that Chennai would struggle with their death bowlers given that most of their bowlers are predominantly swing bowlers but so far they have done decently well in the competition.

They have Dwayne Bravo as their gun death bowler and have asked Sam Curran to also do the job on different occasions. Given that they have played all their matches in Mumbai so far, the team management would be more than happy with how the season has gone so far.


TEAM MUMBAI – 7.5/10

Team Mumbai is the most successful team in the competition and is a valid reason for that. With the ball, they have been exceptional over the last few years and have the ability to pick wickets with the new ball as well in the death overs.

They have Jasprit Bumrah who is probably the best death bowler in the competition and Bumrah has shown why he is numero uno in that department. So far Bumrah’s economy has been a shade above 6 and it tells us his class. He is well supported by Trent Boult and so far they only seem to be struggling with the third fast bowler.


TEAM DELHI – 7.5/10

It isn’t the usual suspects in Team Delhi who have delivered so far but underrated bowlers like Chris Woakes and Avesh Khan who have helped them win three out of four games so far. Previous season’s Purple Cap winner Kagiso Rabada has struggled to have a similar impact this season and his partner in crime Anrich Nortje hasn’t featured so far in the season due to Covid concerns with the fast bowler.



If we were doing this piece at the start of the season then Team Bangalore would have been at the other end of the spectrum when it comes to death bowling but credit to the Bangalore bowlers as they have surprised everyone.

Mohammed Siraj is a much-improved bowler than he was in the previous seasons and the stint with the international team has taken his game to a whole new level. Harshal Patel seems like he enjoys the responsibility of being their designated death bowler and so far the pacer from Haryana has delivered for Captain Kohli. Kyle Jamieson has settled well in the team and he is being used as mainly a wicket-taker. They may not have the biggest names in the business but have a serious pedigree from what we’ve seen of them in the four matches they have played so far.