Most maiden overs in the IPL

In any style of the game, bowling a maiden over is a taxing task, but in T20 cricket, it takes a very specific skill set and patience. When a bowler bowls six consecutive dot balls in an over without giving up a single run in six balls, it’s known as a maiden over. In a format where the hitter usually charges right away, bowlers need to be precise with their line and length to outmaneuver their opponents. The first player to bowl an IPL maiden over was the renowned fast bowler Glenn McGrath of Australia.

In just the third IPL game, McGrath—who played for the Delhi Daredevils (now the Delhi Capitals)—captured the wicket of Rajasthan Royals batsman Taruwar Kohli and then threw three dot balls to Shane Watson to record a maiden wicket over.

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In the very next match, McGrath bowled a maiden over to Venugopal Rao and Adam Gilchrist of the Deccan Chargers. McGrath bowled his second maiden over in as many matches, despite Gilchrist picking a single on the third delivery; however, it came through leg byes, which aren’t counted under the bowler’s name.

Praveen Kumar, a former Indian speed bowler who spent ten IPL seasons with five different teams, bowled the most maiden overs (14) in the history of the competition.

With 11 maiden overs in 146 matches, two-time IPL Purple Cap champion Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ranked second on the list. In the future, Bhuvneshwar has the potential to exceed his former Sunrisers Hyderabad partner in terms of the most maiden overs bowled in the IPL. Irfan Pathan, a former Indian all-rounder, is ranked third for the most maiden overs in IPL history. Throughout 103 IPL matches, Pathan bowled 10 maiden overs.

Mohammed Siraj, a pacer for Royal Challengers Bangalore, made history by being the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs in an IPL innings. In the 2020 Indian Premier League, Siraj set a record against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi. 

Most maiden Overs in IPL 2024

1Khaleel AhmedDC1624211
2Bhuvneshwar KumarSRH1520191
3Yash ThakurLSG1516.5167

The most number of Maiden Overs bowled in IPL history

1Praveen Kumar1194203251901436.127.73
2Bhuvneshwar Kumar14654239711541225.797.3
3Trent Boult8432126661011126.98.3
4Irfan Pathan1033402649801033.117.78
5Lasith Malinga1224713366170819.87.14
6Jasprit Bumrah1204553378145823.37.39
7Sandeep Sharma1043853002114826.337.77
8Dhawal Kulkarni92297247486828.778.31
9Dale Steyn95362250897725.866.92
10Harbhajan Singh1635694030150626.877.08

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) In an IPL match, who bowled two maiden overs?

In an IPL match, Mohammed Siraj became the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs. He took the wickets of Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, and Tom Banton in his opening two overs of bowling without giving up a run.

2) In IPL history, who bowled the most dot balls?

With an astounding total of 1557 dot balls bowled, Bhuvneshwar Kumar holds the record for most dot ball bowling in IPL history. Furthermore, the Indian bowler has claimed 170 wickets in 163 innings with an economy of 7.46 and an excellent average of 26.63.

3) In the IPL, how many hat tricks have been taken?

19 bowlers have achieved 22 hat-tricks in the IPL between 2008 and 2023. Yuvraj Singh is second with two, and Amit Mishra is first with three.

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