Wrist spinners have made a mark in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the performances are notable of late. Interestingly, two leading performers in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan have gone on to do wonders with their consistency. Chahal has been a terrific asset for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has claimed a flurry of wickets for RCB and his impact in middle overs have helped the side. With Washington Sundar being used in powerplay overs, RCB count on Chahal in the overs that follow.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has been the go-to bowler for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has won several matches for the franchise. What bodes well for Rashid is the overall bowling department of SRH which is one of the strongest in the competition. 2016 winners SRH have been a consistent force in the IPL and Rashid has played a crucial role in helping them achieve the same. There is not much to separate Chahal and Rashid in terms of their returns, impact, and consistency.
Throwing light on the same, we present the statistical comparison between the two ace spinners ahead of the IPL 2021 edition.
Flurry of wickets
After playing just one game for Mumbai in his debut season in 2013, Chahal joined RCB in 2014. Since then, Chahal has gone on to claim 121 wickets at an average of 22.50. He has claimed two four-wicket hauls with a best of 4/25. He has an economy rate of 7.67. On the other hand, Rashid has taken 75 wickets since making his debut for SRH in 2017. In just four seasons, the youngster has taken the IPL by storm. He has a terrific average of 20.49 and an economy rate of 6.24.
Seasons that matter
Rashid has claimed 20 or more wickets in a season on two occasions. He claimed 21 wickets in 2018 at an average of 21.80 and an economy rate of 6.73. In IPL 2020, Rashid took 20 scalps at just 17.20. Interestingly, he had a stellar economy rate of just 5.37. This was the best rate achieved by any bowler in the 2020 edition. Rashid bowled a total of 168 dot balls as well (third-best). Chahal has claimed 20-plus wickets on three occasions. In IPL 2015, he took 23 wickets at 18.04. In the 2016 edition when RCB reached the final, he stacked up 21 wickets at 19.09. In IPL 2020, Chahal took 21 wickets at 19.28 to help RCB reach the playoffs.
Chahal has been highly influential in the middle overs in the IPL. As per Cricketpedia, he has claimed 81 wickets in the middle overs (7-15) at 22.49. On the other hand, Rashid has been brilliant with 56 wickets in the middle overs. He has a terrific average of just 19.18 in the middle overs.