Most maiden overs in an IPL
Scoring a maiden in a short format is a rare sight and a difficult one. Indian Premier League has given a platform to a lot of players across the globe to showcase their talent and skill at the highest level. Although it is a normal thought that 20-20 is a batsmen’s game, bowlers play an equally vital role for the team in each encounter. It is rare to witness a player bowling a maiden over in T20 and the same implies in IPL as well.
A maiden in a shorter format of cricket brings pressure to the opposite batsmen and hence even a single maiden can turn the tables. Here we bring to you a list of players who have bowled the most number of maiden overs in IPL history.
Praveen Kumar (14 maidens)
Praveen Kumar has scripted history in the Indian Premier League as he has bowled the most maiden overs in the history of the tournament. The former Indian cricketer has bowled 14 maiden overs in the Indian Premier League. The right-arm pacer has played 119 matches in IPL and grabbed 90 wickets. During his IPL campaign, Praveen Kumar played for multiple teams.
From IPL 2008 to IPL 2010, he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore. Later in IPL 2011 to IPL 2013, he played for Kings XI Punjab (Now, Punjab Kings). Mumbai Indians snapped him in the squad in IPL 2014. In IPL 2015, Praveen Kumar played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. In IPL 2016 and IPL 2017, Praveen Kumar played for Gujarat Lions.
Irfan Pathan (10 maidens)
One of the most renowned former Indian cricketers, Irfan Pathan has bowled 10 maiden overs in IPL which makes him climb the 2nd spot on the list. Irfan Pathan has played 103 matches in IPL. Out of 103 matches, Pathan has bowled 340 overs in IPL, which includes 10 maiden overs.
The left-arm pacer, Irfan Pathan has represented Kings XI Punjab (Now, Punjab Kings) from IPL 2008 to IPL 2010. From IPL 2011 to IPL 2013, he played for Delhi Daredevils (Now, Delhi Capitals). He played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014, Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2015, Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2016, and Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017. At present, Irfan Pathan is now an active commentator in IPL.
Lasith Malinga (8 maidens)
The legendary Lasith Malinga has managed to script numerous bowling records in IPL including most maiden overs in IPL. The former Sri Lanka pacer has bowled 8 maiden overs in IPL. He has an overall bowling economy of 7.14. Malinga has represented Mumbai Indians from IPL 2008 to IPL 2020, in the Indian Premier League. He is also the highest wicket-taker with 170 wickets in 122 matches.
Sandeep Sharma (8 maidens)
There is a total of four bowlers who have bowled 8 maiden overs in IPL and Sandeep Sharma bags the 5th spot with a total of 8 maiden overs at a decent economy of 7.71. The right-arm fast bowler previously played for Kings XI Punjab from IPL 2013 to IPL 2017. Since IPL 2018, he has been part of Sunrisers Hyderabad and has been a key player for the Oranges.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8 maidens)
Another Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer to feature on this rarity list is Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kumar has also bowled 8 maiden overs in IPL but has an economy of 7.23. The right-arm pacer Kumar has bowled over 449 overs in IPL so far and amassed 136 wickets. Bhuvi played for the mighty Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2009 and IPL 2010. And later, represented Pune Warriors India but post-Pune stint he was seen in the Orange and is a part of the team since IPL 2014
Most maidens in IPL history