Bowlers bowling maidens in Test cricket seem the most digestible. The bowlers going overs without giving away runs in ODIs is far from surprising. However, it is indeed a striking revelation to witness them delivering maidens in T20 cricket, a format in which batsmen dictate the terms.
Revealingly in IPL, there do exist bowlers who have bowled a good number of maiden overs during their careers. Their discipline and precision against some of the most swashbuckling batsmen in the world indeed deserve recognition. The unhelpful wickets throughout the tournament in most venues further widen the odds for the bowlers to chalk out maidens.
We take a look top ten bowlers who have delivered the most number of maidens in IPL history:
Munaf Patel – 5
One of the unsung heroes of India’s 2011 World Cup victory, Munaf Patel is an uncanny bowler, who hardly generates pace during bowling. Instead, Munaf Patel relies on movement and nagging line and lengths to bother the batsmen. From 2008 to 2017, he played for Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Lions, and Mumbai Indians.
The right-arm medium pace bowler played 63 matches in nine years and bowled five maidens. Munaf took 74 wickets at 22.95 apiece alongside a solitary five-wicket haul. After playing 13 Tests, 70 ODIs, and three T20Is, Munaf Patel retired from international cricket in November 2018.