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Axar Patel becomes 9th spinner to join the IPL 100 wickets club

Axar Patel became the ninth spinner to take 100 wickets in IPL

Mumbai, May 16: Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder Axar Patel on Monday (May 16) became the ninth spinner and eighteenth player overall to take 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Axar achieved the feat during DC's match against Punjab Kings in the IPL 2022 at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. It was his 121st appearance and his 100th victim was PBKS skipper Mayank Agarwal.

In the third delivery of his spell, Axar's delivery skidded past Mayank's late cut attempt and clean bowled him for a second ball duck, leaving PBKS at 55 for 4 in 6.3 overs.

Axar also claimed his 101st wicket during the match by castling Rishi Dhawan in the fourth delivery of his final over of the match, leaving PBKS in a spot of bother at 82 for 7 in 14 overs in their chase of 160.

The 28-year-old spinner ended with impressive figures of 2 for 14 in 4 overs. He had also contributed earlier with the bat as his 17 off 20 balls took DC to a challenging total of 159 for 7.

The left-arm spinner follows the likes of Amit Mishra, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sunil Narine, Ravindra Jadeja and Rashid Khan for a tweaker to join the IPL 100 wickets club.

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While Chahal and Ashwin crossed the 150 wickets landmark earlier this season, Rashid and Axar reached the 100 wicket milestones.

Here is the top10 list for most wickets by a spinner in the Indian Premier League:

POSITION PLAYER WICKETS MATCHES ECONOMY RATE BEST BOWLING
1. Amit Mishra 166 154 7.35 5/17
2. Yuzvendra Chahal 163 127 7.61 5/40
3. Piyush Chawla 157 165 7.88 4/17
4. Ravichandran Ashwin 155 180 6.93 4/34
5. Sunil Narine 152 147 6.62 5/19
6. Harbhajan Singh 150 163 7.07 5/18
7. Ravindra Jadeja 132 210 7.60 5/16
8. Rashid Khan 109 89 6.40 4/24
9. Axar Patel 101 121 7.23 4/21
10. Pragyan Ojha 89 92 7.36 3/11

Earlier this season, Axar reached another milestone as he crossed the 1000 runs mark in the cash rich league. He also went past fifty catches in the IPL and has currently taken 52 catches.

On Monday (May 16), Axar also became the fourth player to score over 1000 runs and claim 100 wickets or more in IPL. He follows the likes of Jadeja, Bravo and Narine in achieving the feat.

Player Matches Runs Scored Wickets Taken
Ravindra Jadeja 210 2502 132
Dwayne Bravo 161 1560 183
Sunil Narine 147 1004 152
Axar Patel 121 1116 101
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Story first published: Monday, May 16, 2022, 22:39 [IST]
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