While churning the numbers, it gives us the solid belief that bowlers have turned out to perform far better throughout these years in the burgeoning Indian Premier League (IPL).
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From Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga to Bhuvneshwar Kumar – the bowlers did a splendid job for their respective franchises, in the domestic professional Twenty20 league.
The cash-rich tournament kicked off in 2008 when bowlers were on the role – to dictate terms to the batters who have had eventually bossed the game in a nutshell on placid surfaces in particular.
There have been many bowlers who did wonders in the season, one after another, before settling in the highest ranks of the franchises.
Moreover, the bowlers are solely relying on 24-ball quota to make most on the field while rolling over the arm. So much so, they patently did that to grab the headlines.
The incredible performance in the first-ever IPL edition from Sohail Tanvir is still afresh to the memories before Andrew Tye’s remarkable spell in 2017 did a fantastic job for the Gujarat Lions.
Here’s the list of five bowlers who have sent down most number of the dot-balls in the IPL history.
Harbhajan Singh bowls 1,089 dot balls in IPL:
The veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has surpassed the star bowler Lankan Malinga in the ongoing eleventh edition of IPL season before replacing Parveen Kumar in the list.
Harbhajan, who had spent most of the time for the defending champions Mumbai Indians, is now rolling his arm for Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
The wily customer Harbhajan bagged 130 scalps in 141 IPL matches. He has registered an exceptional best bowling figures of five for 18.
In 498.2 overs, Harbhajan bowled 1,089 dot balls and went on to concede 3,481 runs since his entrance in IPL 2008.
Praveen Kumar 1,075 dot balls:
Cunning fast bowler Praveen Kumar is interestingly placed second in the list with most number of dot deliveries under his belt.
The right-arm bowler Praveen made a task tough for the batters while taking pace-off-the-ball.
In the previous edition of the IPL, Praveen donned Gujarat Lions’ jersey. Incredible with the ball in most of the season of the T20, Praveen with his impeccable control over the ball won the battle against batters.
Praveen bowled overall 1,075 dot balls which read his wicket-taking strike-rate of 28.04. He bagged 90 scalps since his debut in IPL.
In 119 matches, Praveen sent down 420.4 overs in which he gave away 3,251 runs at an average of 36.12.
Lasith Malinga 1,060 dot deliveries:
Ever-reliant new-ball bowler, adjectively the toe-crusher and death-bowling specialist, Lasith Malinga, is placed at number second spot on this list.
The right-arm bowler Malinga has served as the vital cog for Mumbai Indians in the past. Furthermore, he served as the hot property of the IPL.
With the slingy action, Malinga bagged 154 wickets in 110 IPL matches at an incredible average of 19.01. He sent down 1,060 dot balls in his quota of 426.2 overs.
Malinga registered his best bowling figures of five for 13 with the overall wicket taking strike-rate of 16.61 in IPL.
Dale Steyn 978 dots during IPL:
South African speedster Dale Steyn, who might have been marred by injuries but he has often given his hundred percent with the ball.
The right-arm bowler Steyn with his aggressive approach had sent shivers down the spine of batters when he was in his prime during his career.
Steyn played 90 matches in which he bagged 92 wickets. He bowled 343 overs in IPL to see him registering the column of dot balls with 978. The prominent bowler Steyn claimed wickets at the average of 25.06.
Amit Mishra 973 dot balls:
Go-to leg-spinner Amit Mishra has also drawn into the top draw of IPL. The experienced campaigner Mishra played 129 IPL fixtures in which he collected 136 wickets at the bowling average of 24.03.
The Delhi-based bowler Mishra will play for old-franchise Delhi Daredevils.
In the two-day mega-auction in Bengaluru, Daredevils management shelled out INR four crore.
Probing with the ball, Mishra has so far registered 973 dot deliveries in his overall 451.5 overs. He conceded 3,363 runs in the IPL fold. His best figures read as five for 17.
*Note: Updated until April 29, 2018