Bowlers play a crucial role in determining the outcome of a game, bowling dots creates pressure which ultimately leads to a wicket. A maiden over can be very valuable in the T20 format. Not conceding any runs, the bowler ensures that the opposing team does not get any freebies and has to work harder to score runs. Bowlers have developed different variations like the Yorkers, change of pace deliveries, slower bouncer, knuckle ball etc which has helped them bowl more dots in the current age of cricket.
A maiden over can also be a morale booster for the bowling team and increase the energy levels of other players on the field. This can motivate the team to perform better and put in a strong performance in the field. A maiden over can also help to limit the opposing team’s momentum if they have been scoring runs freely in the previous overs. In this article we will list out the most maidens bowled by a player in the Indian Premier League.
List of most maidens in the history of the IPL
1. Praveen Kumar – 14 Maidens
Praveen Kumar leads the charts of the most maidens by a player in the Indian Premier League. Praveen Kumar has the uncanny ability to pick up wickets but also was known to bowl many dot balls, Kumar has bowed a total of 14 maidens in the league.
2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 12 Maidens
Bhuvneshwar Kumar finds himself in 2nd position in terms of executing the most maiden overs in the IPL history, he has bowled 12 maidens in total. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the most lethal bowlers with the new ball and is also brilliant in the death overs with his yorkers and change-of-pace deliveries.
3. Trent Boult – 11 Maidens
Trent Boult comes 3rd on the list of most maiden overs in IPL. Boult has played in 83 matches so far, the ace pacer has scalped 99 wickets. Trent Boult has also bowled 11 maidens in his IPL career so far and the count could go higher as he still has a few years of cricket under his belt.
4. Irfan Pathan – 10 Maidens
Irfan Pathan is placed 4th on the list of bowling the most maiden overs in IPL, the left-arm pacer has bowled 10 maiden in total. Irfan could bowl on the tight line and length and swing the ball both ways, he has bagged 80 wickets in 103 matches that he played.
5. Lasith Malinga – 8 Maidens
Lasith Malinga comes 5th on the list, he is unarguably the greatest pacer in the history of the league. Malinga has taken 170 wickets and also bowled 8 maidens, he was the major contributor towards the success of Mumbai Indians during his time.
IPL: Top 5 bowlers with most maidens in the IPL
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