In a tournament like IPL, it is important to have bowlers on your side who can control the run flow of the opposition. Batting teams generally accelerate their innings in the death overs and have a high scoring rate in the powerplay as well. Whereas in the middle overs it is seen that teams are often cautious in approach, and focus on stabilizing the innings. This is the reason why most dot balls occur in the middle overs, while it is a rarity in the last few overs. In this article, we will be discussing the performance of 5 bowlers who have bowled most dot balls in the history of the tournament.
The first name on this list is Harbhajan Singh, who has delivered 1249 dot balls in IPL in 157 innings. He has taken 150 wickets at an economy of 7.05 in the cash-rich league. This includes one 4-wicket haul and one 5-wicket haul as well. Bhajji played for Mumbai Indians for the most part of his career and featured for Chennai Super Kings in the last few seasons. This year he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders in the mini-auction at his base price.
Ravichandran Ashwin is at the second spot in this list with 1170 dot balls in 151 innings. He has an impressive economy of 6.87 in the league and has picked up one 4-wicket haul as well. Ashwin captained the Punjab franchise for two seasons and has been playing for Delhi Capitals since last season. He has taken 138 wickets in 151 innings with an economy of 6.897. Ashwin would want to continue his stellar performance in IPL this year as well.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to face some injury issues in recent years which impacted his availability for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, and his performance as well. He has bowled 1164 dot balls in the tournament and stands at the third position in the record tally. The Indian pacer has picked up 136 wickets in 121 innings at an average of 19.83 and economy of 7.23.
Lasith Malinga who is considered the greatest bowler of IPL history has 1155 dot balls to his name in the tournament. He holds the record for taking the most wickets (170) in the cash-rich league at an economy of 7.14 and an average of 19.80. Malinga was a crucial part of the Mumbai Indians team over the years and also inspired a lot of young pacers.
Piyush Chawla who has been bought by Mumbai Indians in this year’s auction is at the fifth spot in terms of dot balls (1146) bowled. He has earlier played for Kolkata, Chennai and Punjab franchise as well. He has taken 156 wickets in 163 innings so far.
Most dot balls in IPL history
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