IPL 2023: Bowlers with most maidens in IPL history

It is a rarity to see a player bowling a maiden over in T20 and the same is the case in IPL as well.

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Indian Premier League has provided a platform to a lot of players around the world to showcase their skills at the highest level. Though it is a general thought that T20 is a batter’s game, bowlers play an equally important role for the team in each match.

It is a rarity to see a player bowling a maiden over in T20 and the same is the case in IPL as well. A bowler can bring the opposition batter under pressure if he can bowl even one maiden over during the course of the innings. In this article, we will be discussing the 6 bowlers who have bowled the most number of maiden overs in IPL history.   

The first name in this list is of former Indian pacer Praveen Kumar who picked up 90 wickets in 119 IPL matches with an economy rate of 7.72. He has a record for bowling most maidens (14) in the IPL history. Praveen featured for the Punjab, Bangalore, Hyderabad and the Gujarat franchise in the tournament. He announced his retirement from all formats of the game in the year 2018.   

Bhuvneshwar Kumar in 160 innings, he has taken 170 wickets at an average of 25.85 and he occupies the second spot. The purple cap winner in the 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons, Bhuvi has been an integral part for the side since many years now and is one of the prominent names that feature on the IPL purple cap winners list. He played a key role in his team’s title winning campaign in the year 2016.    

Trent Boult is at the third spot with 11 maiden overs in 88 innings. He has taken 105 wickets in the league bowling at an economy of 8.29 and an average of 26.54. Trent Boult is considered among the best swing bowlers in IPL history and he played a key role in MI’s title-winning campaign in the year 2020.    

Irfan Pathan is at the fourth spot with 10 maiden overs in 101 innings. He took 80 wickets in the league bowling at an economy of 7.77 and an average of 33.11. Irfan Pathan is considered among the best swing bowlers in Indian history but his international career ended too early.

He was instrumental in helping India win the T20 World Cup in 2007 where he was the player of the final match. He started his IPL journey with the Punjab team in 2008. Later on, Irfan was part of the Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai franchise as well.

The next set of bowlers in this record list consist of 5 players who have all bowled 8 maiden overs in their IPL career. This includes Dhawal Kulkarni, Lasith Malinga, and, Sandeep Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah,and Sandeep Sharma.

Apart from Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, the other three players bowl mostly in the powerplay where some batsman take their time to settle at the crease in the start. This can sometimes help the bowler to deliver a maiden over and get away without conceding many runs. 

Most maidens in IPL history

Player Innings Wickets Economy Maiden
Praveen Kumar 119 90 7.72 14
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 160 170 7.39 12
Trent Boult 88 105 8.29 11
Irfan Pathan 101 80 7.77 10
Lasith Malinga 122 170 7.14 8
Jasprit Bumrah 120 145 7.39 8
Sandeep Sharma 115 124 7.82 8
Dhawal Kulkarni 92 86 8.30 8

*Last updated on 30th May, 2023.

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