It is for a reason that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the biggest and the most popular domestic T20 league in the world. Home to the world’s deadliest batsmen and the most wily of bowlers, the IPL has seen some extraordinary performances with both bat and the ball over the past decade and has enthralled cricket fans across the globe.
Ahead of the upcoming edition of the IPL, we continue this series where we go down the memory lane and list down all the IPL records which have been amassed, broken and accumulated over time.
Considering the nature of the format and with the batsmen going berserk from ball one, having a maiden-over bowled in a T20 match is a rather rare occurrence and often has its value in gold.
5 bowlers to bowl most number of maiden overs in IPL:
Note: Players with a minimum experience of 25 IPL matches have only been considered while compiling this list.
1. Praveen Kumar – 14 maiden overs
IPL nomad Praveen Kumar is the man to have bowled the most number of maiden overs in the rich history of the league. The wily Uttar Pradesh-veteran has been on the roster of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions over the years, managing an impressive 14 maidens out of a total 421 overs bowled in 119 matches over the last decade. With Praveen failing to get picked at the recent mega auction this year, it is likely that his IPL journey is now over but this is one record that is bound to bear his name for the foreseeable future.
2. Irfan Pathan – 10 maiden overs
Another former India stalwart, another player with a nomadic IPL career – Irfan Pathan is second on the list of bowlers who have sent down most maiden overs in the tournament. Pathan started his IPL career with Kings XI Punjab in 2008 and went on to play for teams like Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions over the years. In the process, the Baroda all-rounder bowled 10 maidens in 103 IPL matches. The one-time blue eyed boy of Indian cricket also won the man-of-the-match award in the final of 2007 T20 World Cup but is inching towards the end of his career now.
3. Lasith Malinga – 8 maiden overs
The veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler has been the mainstay of Mumbai Indians’ bowling attack for the best part of the last decade and was instrumental in their three title wins during this time. Having bowled 8 maiden overs in 110 matches, Malinga is third on this list and is also the man who has picked up most number of wickets (154) in the history of the tournament. Like Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan, Malinga was also ignored at the auction this year and will be seen in the role of a bowling mentor for Mumbai Indians in the upcoming edition of the IPL.
4. Sandeep Sharma – 8 maiden overs
In his short IPL career so far, Sandeep Sharma has quickly established himself as one of the most reliable new ball bowlers in the league. The 24-year-old Sandeep started off with the Kings XI Punjab in 2013 and has bowled 7 maiden overs in just 56 IPL games in the last 5 seasons. Part of the victorious Indian U-19 team in 2012, Sandeep Sharma will play for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the upcoming edition of the IPL and hope to enhance his burgeoning reputation in the T20 circuit.
5. Dhawal Kulkarni – 7 maiden overs
The unheralded Dhawal Kulkarni is fifth on this list of bowlers who have bowled the most number of maiden overs in the IPL. The Mumbai-bowler has sent down 7 maidens in 72 outings in the league so far and is one of the most reliable death overs bowler in the Indian T20 circuit at present. Kulkarni started his IPL journey with his home franchise Mumbai Indians in 2008, before being picked up Rajasthan Royals in 2014. Upon the Royals’ suspension from the league, Kulkarni was an integral part of Gujarat Lions in the last two seasons and will return to play for the Shane Warne-mentored Rajasthan side this year.