Most Maiden Overs Against MI
One can argue that bowling a maiden over, especially in T20 cricket, is much more of a rarity than taking a wicket is. In fact, several bowlers can go their whole career without bowling a maiden over! This is because a maiden over typically requires six good balls, while a wicket (in theory) needs just one.
And, although Mumbai Indians are the record champions of the IPL, there are some bowlers who seem to have their number! Here’s a list of bowlers who have bowled the Highest Maiden Overs Against in MI in IPL history to find out which bowlers MI batsmen have had trouble dealing with.
4. Multiple Bowlers
Most Maiden Overs Against MI: A number of bowlers are tied on fourth place on this list of bowlers who have bowled the most maidens against Mumbai Indians in IPL history. Apparently, bowling one maiden against Mumbai is something several bowlers are able to do because the list is sizeable! There are a couple of IPL veterans on this list, including Rajat Bhatia, Ashok Dinda, and Albie Morkel, all of whom enjoyed long and successful careers in the IPL. Other bowlers who don’t feature in the IPL anymore include Australia’s Dirk Nannes and Indian Sid Trivedi, who also enjoyed brief spells in the spotlight. The list of bowlers who have bowled the most maidens against Mumbai Indians in IPL matches but now don’t feature much in the tournament is rounded off by former India pacer Dhawal Kulkarni.
Two current players who have played for India recently also make this list of bowlers who have bowled the most maidens against Mumbai Indians in IPL. Sandeep Sharma, who has played for the Kings XI Punjab and now plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, has bowled one maiden in 12 innings against Mumbai Indians. Known for the prodigious swing he is able to extract in virtually any conditions, he will no doubt be looking to add to his tally in 2020! Similarly motivated to put in a good showing will be Deepak Chahar, who plays for Chennai Super Kings and has featured in a few limited-overs internationals for India in the recent past as well.
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3. Multiple Bowlers
Highest Maiden Overs Against in MI: Two overseas players who don’t feature too regularly these days jointly occupy third place on this list of bowlers who have bowled the most maidens against Mumbai Indians in IPL matches. The first among them in Morne Morkel, who played for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. The tall South African faced Mumbai Indians nine times, sending down two maidens in that time. Tied with him on two maidens from 8 matches against Mumbai is Australian left-armer James Faulkner, who was one of the IPL’s top bowlers some years ago but has since gone off the boil and doesn’t feature as regularly as he would like to.
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2. Praveen Kumar
Most Maiden Overs Against MI: Occupying the second spot on this list of bowlers who have bowled the most maidens against Mumbai Indians in IPL matches is the former Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Gujarat Lions bowler Praveen Kumar. The man from UP was best known for his ability to swing the ball both ways thanks to an incredibly flexible wrist, and faced off against Mumbai on 16 occasions, sending down 3 maidens during that time. Kumar also enjoyed a spell with the Indian team during his IPL career, but his playing time was unfortunately cut down due to injuries and fitness issues.
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1. Irfan Pathan
Highest Maiden Overs Against in MI: Speaking of bowlers who could swing the ball both ways and had injury issues, Irfan Pathan tops this list of bowlers who have bowled the most maidens against Mumbai Indians in IPL. The left-arm pacer, who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Gujarat Lions, and Delhi Daredevils in his IPL career, as extremely skilled at bamboozling the batsman with his swing bowling. The Mumbai Indians batsmen were particularly affected by his skill, as Pathan bowled no less than 5 maidens in 15 innings against Mumbai, taking 15 wickets along with that!
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