Last night in IPL 2020 Match No 11 between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, SRH pacer Thangarasu Natarajan was a revelation with his inch-perfect yorkers to deny DC a relatively easy win.
The 29-year-old was successful in holding down two of the most aggressive batsmen in international cricket to singles with his pin-point yorkers. The pressure increased significantly on the two – as a result, they were left with little choice but to attack bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan – a risky proposition, and SRH reaped rewards
While it is extremely tough to execute a perfect yorker, a small mistake can be extremely costly. A little deviation can end up being a juicy full-toss to the batsmen, who can smack it for a six or a boundary quite easily.
Keeping Natarajan’s exceptional spell as yardstick, let’s have a look at the top 5 yorker bowlers in IPL 2020.
Thangarasu Natarajan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Thangarasu Natarajan was given the ball in the 14th over of the match against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday, when they required 85 runs to win in 42 deliveries — an easy task the likes of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer at the crease, and Marcus Stoinis waiting in the dugout.
Natarajan, however, was unfazed. First ball, yorker, 1 run. Second ball, yorker gone wrong, four down the leg-side. No problem. Third ball, yorker, 1 run. Fourth, another yorker, 1 run. On the fifth delivery, Pant stepped significantly outside the crease to negate the yorker. Natarajan notices the same, bowls a bouncer but unfortunately given a wide. Fifth bowl, yorker, 1 run. Sixth, another yorker, 1 run.
Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals)
The current purple cap holder of IPL 2020, Kagiso Rabada is yet another pacer who has mastered the craft of bowling yorkers to perfection. The right-handed fast bowler is one of the gem bowlers that South Africa has ever produced in its cricketing history. His yorkers make batsmen come down to their feet.
In the 2019 edition, he bowled a toe-crushing yorker that forced Andre Russell to come down to his knees. Moreover, that delivery took the middle-stump of the batsmen away from the grooves. Rabada uses his pace quite intelligently while bowling his toe-crushing yorkers.
Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Jasprit Bumrah has a unique action combined with a steady mindset. Batsmen find it very difficult to pick him due to his unorthodox action. He bowls at a speed off and around 145 km/hr. But, it doesn’t make any difference for the batsmen as he is still a mystery fast bowler to pick since he burst out to the international scene.
Bumrah has always proved lethal while playing for the Men in Blue and Mumbai Indians. Who can forget his yorker that dismissed West Indies opener Chris Gayle, in T20 World Cup semi-final game?
Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians)
Trent Boult was traded to Mumbai Indians from Delhi Capitals and his addition has already paid off. Combining with Jasprit Bumrah, the duo has proved to be extremely lethal already fore opposition batsmen.
His stock delivery is his in-swinging yorker that comes into the batsmen. And, it is next to impossible to play a stroke against such delivery that is bowled at a speed off and around 140 to 145 km/hr.
In 2019 World Cup, he bowled a similar type of delivery against Quinton de Kock that took his stumps a couple of meters away from the grooves. As far as the stats are concerned til September 2019, he had bowled a total of 233 yorkers since his debut. Moreover, he managed to reap out lots of success with his mastered delivery.
Dale Steyn (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Dale Steyn, popularly known as ‘ The Steyn gun’ for his lethal yorkers returned to the Royal Challengers Bangalore after a three-year hiatus in the IPL. Replacing injured Nathan Coulter Nile in the squad, Dale Steyn will now be donning the red and gold after his last outing in 2016.
With a classic front-on action, furious pace to match it, and a clever mind to complement the robustness, Dale Steyn has been one of the most complete fast bowlers of his generation and his