Bumrah Ties Patel at 20 Wickets, Tops IPL 2024 Purple Cap Race

Jasprit Bumrah reaches 20 wickets in 13 matches, tying Harshal Patel for the top spot in the Purple Cap standings. Bumrah's economy rate of 6.48 gives him the edge over Patel in the IPL 2024 season.

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Bumrah Ties Patel at 20 Wickets, Tops IPL 2024 Purple Cap Race

Bumrah Ties Patel at 20 Wickets, Tops IPL 2024 Purple Cap Race

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season progresses, Jasprit Bumrah of the Mumbai Indians has reached a significant milestone. The star pacer has taken his wicket tally to 20 in 13 matches, tying him with Punjab Kings' Harshal Patel at the top of the Purple Cap standings. Bumrah's economy rate of 6.48 gives him the edge over Patel, who has an economy of 9.75 despite having played one fewer match.

Bumrah's latest victims came in Mumbai Indians' match against the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on May 12. The pacer struck with his very first ball, dismissing the dangerous Sunil Narine. He later returned to claim the wicket of Rinku Singh at the death, finishing with figures of 2/39 in his four overs. Despite Bumrah's efforts, KKR won the rain-affected match by 18 runs.

The race for the Purple Cap, awarded to the tournament's highest wicket-taker, is heating up as the league stage enters its final stretch. Varun Chakravarthy of KKR is close behind the top leaders with 18 wickets, while Harshit Rana of Delhi Capitals and Arshdeep Singh of Punjab Kings have 16 wickets apiece. With several matches still to play, the battle for bowling supremacy is far from over.

Bumrah's consistent performances have been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Mumbai Indians. The five-time champions are currently languishing in eighth place with just 8 points from 13 games. They are already out of contention for the playoffs, along with Punjab Kings. KKR, on the other hand, became the first team to secure a playoff berth and need one more win to guarantee a place in Qualifier 1.

In the IPL 2023 season, Mohammed Shami of Gujarat Titans claimed the Purple Cap with 28 wickets in 17 matches. His teammates Mohit Sharma and Rashid Khan finished second and third, respectively. Mumbai Indians' Piyush Chawla and Rajasthan Royals' Yuzvendra Chahal rounded out the top five. With Bumrah and Patel setting the pace this year, it remains to be seen if they can surpass Shami's benchmark from the previous season.

As the IPL 2024 enters its decisive phase, all eyes will be on the wicket-takers. Jasprit Bumrah, with his ability to strike at any stage of the innings, will be crucial to Mumbai Indians' hopes of ending the season on a high note. The battle for the Purple Cap promises to go down to the wire, with several talented bowlers vying for the prestigious honor.

Key Takeaways

  • Jasprit Bumrah reaches 20 wickets in 13 matches, tied for Purple Cap lead.
  • Bumrah's economy rate of 6.48 gives him edge over Harshal Patel.
  • Varun Chakravarthy, Harshit Rana, and Arshdeep Singh close behind in wicket tally.
  • Mumbai Indians out of playoff contention, KKR secures playoff berth.
  • Bumrah aims to surpass Mohammed Shami's 28 wickets in IPL 2023.