T20 is called a batsman's game. Spectators and fans like to watch big hits and runs flowing from their favourite batsmen's willow. However, the bowlers are equally, or even more, important for a T20 side.
In the initial years of the IPL, bowlers looked perplexed and they went for a lot of runs. But with time, the bowlers have become smarter and have added different variations to their repertoire.
Teams with a strong bowling-attack have been successful in the last few years. Sunrisers Hyderabad has relied heavily on it's bowlers to deliver the goods and the bowlers haven't disappointed them. The likes of Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been brilliant with the ball and have made a name for themselves in T20s.
This season too bowlers are going to be key for each IPL team. Moreover, because of the World Cup, many players will leave the tournament early and thus teams with backup options will have an upper hand in the tournament. Considering all these factors here are the top 3 bowling sides of IPL 2019.
#3 Delhi Capitals
Delhi Daredevils, which is now called Delhi Capitals, had a tough season last year. One of the major reasons for the team's dismal performance was it's poor bowling attack. However, come IPL 2019 and Delhi has a new look bowling-attack.
Trent Boult was outstanding for Delhi last season. Delhi suffered a double blow last season when Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada were ruled out in the early part of the tournament. Both these players are expected to be available this season. The team bought Axar Patel at the auction and he will be part of a lethal spin attack along with the experienced Amit Mishra and the young spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane.
Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan will add depth to Delhi's fast bowling. Delhi has formed a strong bench strength by buying West Indies all-rounder Keemo Paul, Rajasthan pacer Nathu Singh and local boy Ishant Sharma at the auction.
#2 Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders has always put a conscious effort into assembling a strong bowling-attack. Last year the franchise suffered a major blow losing Mitchell Starc to injury even before the tournament began. However, young fast bowlers like Prasidh Krishna and Shivam Mavi did their best in their debut season.
At the auction this year, KKR bought a couple of exciting pacers in Lockie Ferguson and Anrich Nortje. While Ferguson has been impressive for the Kiwis in the recent past, Nortje is making news for his raw pace and is touted as the next big thing in South African cricket.
The Kolkata based franchise has also roped in Harry Gurney who has been effective in the different T20 leagues around the world. Also, Kamlesh Nagarkoti is set for his much anticipated IPL debut this season. However, KKR's biggest strength will be it's spin trio - Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla.
Kuldeep Yadav is currently one of the top spinners in the world and a lot will depend on his performance.
#1 Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad has been one of the best bowling attacks in the IPL in the last few years. The franchise possesses some of the best T20 bowlers in the world in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan. Also, Sunrisers has the best pace attacks of the season.
Siddharth Kaul has come in his own in the last couple of years and even broke into the national side thanks to his IPL performance. Khaleel Ahmed got just a solitary game last year but is expected to play a bigger role this season. In Basil Thampi and Sandeep Sharma, they have some strong domestic pacers in the side. Adding to this, Sunrisers will have the services of Billy Stanlake at their disposal.
In the spin department they have the ever reliable Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Nabi. Sunrisers also got Shahbaz Nadeem in the IPL trade window. Nadeem has had a breakthrough season in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and is expected to complement Rashid Khan.