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Chennai Super Kings bowler Dwayne Bravo is one wicket away from surpassing Lasith Malinga as the highest wicket-taker in the history of the Indian Premier League. Both Bravo and Malinga have taken 170 wickets in the IPL - while Bravo has taken 152 matches to get there, Malinga needed only 122 matches to finish with a record career haul.
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will aim at registering their first win in the tournament. The six-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the season opener wasn’t the result the men in yellow wanted. However, the likes of MS Dhoni and Bravo impressed with their individual performances. The former skipper top-scored with a half-century while the former Windies cricketer bagged a three-wicket haul.
In the face-off against KKR, Bravo had equaled Lasith Malinga’s long-standing record of most wickets in IPL – 170. Now, the former is only one wicket shy to go top in the tally. If he gets that on Thursday against Lucknow, he will dethrone the former Sri Lankan fast bowler to have the most number of wickets in the history of the tournament.
Malinga, who spent his entire IPL career with the Mumbai Indians, last played for the team in 2019. He was unable to participate in the 2020 season owing to personal issues and eventually declared his retirement from all forms of cricket. The former Sri Lankan fast bowler is now the Rajasthan Royals’ fast bowling coach.