Cutting through: Only IPL bowlers with multiple 5-wicket hauls

The Indian Premier League has not been kind to the bowlers over the years, as the batters have often triumphed over their counterparts handsomely. Over the years there have been only 30 five-wicket hauls registered by the bowlers, with only three bowlers achieving the feat on two occasions. Today we list the bowlers who have claimed a five-for on two occasions in IPL history.

James Faulkner (2013)

Veteran Australian all-rounder James Faulkner was an asset to the Rajasthan Royals team during his stint with the inaugural champions. Renowned for his shrewd bowling ability, Faulkner became the first bowler to grab two five-wicket hauls in IPL history. He remains the only bowler to have achieved this feat in one season. His first came against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Jaipur, and co-incidentally the second haul also came against the same opposition in the 2013 edition of the tournament.

Jaydev Unadkat (2013 & 2017)

A young Jaydev Unadkat burst onto the scene for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013. He scalped a memorable five-for against Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils). Four years later, the left arm-pacer replicated his heroics for Rising Pune Super Giants against SRH to clinch a win. While he has not been able to reach the same heights in recent years, Unadkat has found a new lease of life in the domestic circuit, earning a recall to the national team.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2017 & 2023)

The veteran Indian pacer who broke through the ranks in the early 2010s is still going strong at 33 years. While prodigious movement with the new ball has been one of his biggest assets since his early days, he has become a master craftsman in the death overs as well. Both of Bhuvneshwar’s five-wicket hauls came while representing Sunrisers Hyderabad. His first one was against Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) in 2017. He replicated the feat in the ongoing 16th edition of the tournament. Against Gujarat Titans, he scalped three wickets in his final over to reach a fifer.