Top 5: Most Wickets against Punjab Kings in IPL (Overall)

The Kings XI Punjab has been one of the most loved teams in IPL history. One might say that since their owner happens to be one of the most popular Bollywood celebrities, but that isn’t the case. Over the years, Punjab has been home to several world-class batsmen; be it Shaun Marsh, Yuvraj Singh, Kumar Sangakkara, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Adam Gilchrist, Kl Rahul, Aaron Finch, and the Universal Boss Chris Gayle. Thus, bowlers have always found it difficult to bowl to them.

Punjab finds themselves in several batting records as well. However, they changed the name of their franchise earlier in 2021, and the Kings XI Punjab are now named Punjab Kings (PBKS). Despite the change of name, the franchise still remains the same, and so do the records.

Thus, this article looks at the top 5 bowlers who have picked the most wickets against Punjab.

#5 Amit Mishra (22 Wickets)

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Amit Mishra is a legend when it comes to IPL. He is unarguably the most excellent spinner to have played in the T20 league. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that he is one of the most difficult bowlers to pick in the IPL. The veteran has been playing the Indian T20 league since its inception has been absolutely fantastic. There hasn’t gone a season where the viewers haven’t seen at least one Mishra special. Thus, his record against the Kings is again on the good side.

The leggie is fifth on the list of the most number of wickets against Punjab in IPL history. He has picked 22 wickets in 20 games so far. Despite age not being on the side, one can’t rule the idea of him picking more wickets against Punjab in the near future.

#4 Lasith Malinga (22 Wickets)

Be it a list of the highest wicket-takes against any team barring the Mumbai Indians (MI) as he represented them, you will always find Malinga’s name in it. The legendary Sri Lankan pacer has wreaked havoc in the Indian T20 league and is, thus, the greatest bowler to have played the Indian T20 league. He has picked the most number of wickets by any bowler in the history of the league. This is why his record against every franchise is good. Thus, he happens to be fourth on the list of the most number of wickets absent Punjab in IPL history.

The Lankan lion has picked 22 wickets against the Kings, but only in 14 matches. It gets better when you realize that the number of games he has played against them is slightly on the lower side, and thus, he would have had a better record had he played against them more often.

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#3 Dwayne Bravo (23 Wickets)

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Dwayne Bravo is one of the greatest IPL players of all time. When it comes to IPL, you won’t find too many match-winners as successful as him. The all-rounder from the West Indies has become synonymous with the IPL and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Ever since he started playing for them in 2011, he has been nothing short of sensational.

Despite being a genuine all-rounder, he happens to be one of the most successful bowlers in the league’s history. By virtue of which he also happens to be one of the most successful bowlers against Punjab. The all-rounder has picked 23 wickets in 16 innings, and his best being 4/22 in the ninth edition of the league.

#2 Umesh Yadav (29 Wickets)

Umesh Yadav is one of the most underrated pacers to have played in the league. While he might go for runs, his ability to generate pace is outstanding. His tendency to hit the deck hard is something you don’t find too familiar among Indian pavers. Yadav has played for as many as three IPL teams, including the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, and Kolkata Knight Riders.

While he might not be one of the highest wicket-takes the league has seen, his record against Punjab is absolutely sensational. He has picked as many as 29 wickets in just the 19 innings against them. This puts him second on the list of the most number of wickets taken against Punjab in IPL history.

#1 Sunil Narine (30 Wickets)

Sunil Narine KKR Most WIckets

Sunil Narine is unarguably one of the most valuable players to have played the IPL. Seldom would you find a player as impactful as him? He can pick wickets at regular wickets, but he can also contain the flow of runs with his economical spells. Add to that his pinch-hitting skills with the bat. Thus, it is safe to say that he is a complete package.

The off spinner has picked the most number of wickets against Punjab in the league’s history, and he has picked as many as 30 wickets in 20 innings. His best figures are 5/19, which came against Punjab itself.

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