Top 5 Bowlers with maximum number of Maidens in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history.
The toughest task in the shortest format of Cricket is to keep a batsman quiet. Although, it is extremely hard to get the job done in T20 Cricket given that the boundaries in the shortest format are a little on the shorter side. For any bowler, it is more than an achievement that he bowled a maiden over. The cherry on the cake is when bowlers do it quite a few times, especially in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a very high profile T20 tournament with the biggest names in international cricket. The league is always dominated by the batsmen however there are times when the bowlers didn’t let the batter take the charge.
In this article, we will take a look at the bowlers who have bowled the maximum number of maiden overs in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Top 5 Bowlers with the maximum number of Maidens
The local Mumbai boy Dhawal Kulkarni is quite underrated in the Cricketing field however he has done the job for his team time and time again. Picking up the wickets in the power plays is always his task. The pacer can both ways swing the ball, troubled the batsman and not letting him settle down easily.
Kulkarni has till now bowled eight maiden overs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 92 IPL games. Besides, the maiden overs, he has also picked up 86 wickets with a decent economy of 8.30.
The current Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer, Sandeep Sharma first came in the IPL back in 2013 for Kings XI Punjab. With his impressive stats and accurate bowling he also got the maiden Indian T20 call up.
In his whole IPL career which comprises 95 IPL games and is still going, he has managed to pick up 110 wickets with an economy of 7.79. He has managed to deliver eight quiet overs in front of big hitters like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
The Mumbai Indians (MI) consistent performer Lasith Malinga is also on the list of the bowlers with the most maiden overs. Due to his unorthodox sling action, he was a tough bowler to read and has the most number of wickets in the IPL history. Malinga has proved why he is the best in the business multiple times.
In the 122 IPL fixtures Malinga has scalped 170 wickets and also accounts for eight maiden overs.
The left-arm all-rounder is one of the best in-swinger Indian cricket has ever produced. Irfan Pathan in his early career bowled accurate and beautiful inswinging deliveries which came in the powerplay. He was also part of the India squad that won the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Though Irfan Pathan has retired from all forms of cricket, he still tops some of the bowling charts. Pathan was associated with Gujarat Lions in 2017 which was his last IPl season. In 103 IPL games, he has picked up 80 wickets and has bowled 10 maiden overs.
Praveen Kumar has been at the top of this list for many years now. Kumar had the ability to move the ball both ways which helped him excel in his career however he had to struggle in his latter part. Praveen Kumar last played his IPL game back in 2017 for Gujarat Lions.
In the 119 IPL games, the pacer bagged the most number of maidens with 90 wickets. He has bowled massive 14 maiden overs in his whole IPL career.
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