Bowlers who Bowled Most Dot Balls in Death Overs in an IPL Innings

Most Dot Balls in IPL Death Overs:The death overs, spanning overs 16-20 in an innings, are often the most crucial phase in any cricket match. It is the time when the batting side tries to accelerate and set an imposing total. At the same time, the bowling side aims to control the run flow and restrict scoring. In this intense battle, bowling dot deliveries builds pressure and can result in crucial wickets. 

In the high-scoring Indian Premier League (IPL), bowlers who can effectively bowl dot balls, especially in the death overs, are highly valued. This article analyzes data from the last 15 IPL seasons to highlight bowlers who have bowled the most dot deliveries during this critical phase.  

Most Dot Balls in Death Overs in One IPL Innings

BowlersDots BallsOppositionsYearWickets in Death Overs
Jasprit Bumrah (MI)11KKR20223
Ravindra Jadeja (GL)10RPSG20162
Imran Tahir (DD)9MI20153
Praveen Kumar (RCB)9RR20103
Brett Lee (KXIP)9CSK20090
Brett Lee (KXIP)9DD20092
Mohammed Shami (KXIP)9DC20192
Chris Morris (RR)9KKR20214
Mustafizur Rahman (DC)9PBKS20220
Sunil Narine (KKR)9MI20143
Sohail Tanvir (RR)9MI20084
Shardul Thakur (CSK)9RCB20210

1. Jasprit Bumrah’s 11 Dot Balls  – Death Bowler

In the cash-rich league IPL 2022, the greatest bowler Jasprit Bumrah created history by bowling 11 dot balls in the death overs against KKR – the highest ever recorded in a single IPL innings! He picked up 3 crucial wickets while conceding only 5 runs in his 2 death overs 18th and 20th, showcasing not only his wicket-taking ability but also an exceptional number of dot balls.

Bumrah mixed up his lengths cleverly and bowled a combination of yorkers, bouncers, and slower balls to outfox KKR’s batters. This record highlights his mastery as a death overs specialist, with the impressive number of dot balls adding another layer to his exceptional performance.

List of Other Bowlers with 9+ Dot Balls in IPL History

Apart from Bumrah, several other elite bowlers have recorded the most number of dot balls while bowling in the death overs during an IPL innings:

  • Ravindra Jadeja: Bowled the most number, with 10 dots against RPS in IPL 2016
  • Imran Tahir: Recorded 9 dots against MI in IPL 2015 
  • Praveen Kumar: Bowled 9 dots against RR in IPL 2010
  • Brett Lee: Twice bowled 9 dots in death overs in IPL 2009

This shows how difficult it is to contain runs in this high-scoring format. Bowling 9+ dot balls in the death overs requires exemplary skills.

Bowlers with Most Dot Balls in Death Overs in IPL History

Let’s examine fast bowlers who have consistently controlled the run flow of the opposition in the last few overs across IPL seasons. These bowlers, renowned for their ability to bowl economically in the death overs, have accumulated a significant number of dot balls to their name.

Lasith Malinga

Sri Lankan great Lasith Malinga, with his deceptive slower balls and pinpoint yorkers, tops this list with 170+ dot balls in the death overs in the tournament. His incredible skills made him one of the greatest T20 bowlers and the most feared death bowler in IPL history.

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Top 5 Wicket Takers Bowlers in the death overs

The below top 5 wicket-takers in the death overs also concede very few runs as they focus heavily on dot deliveries, showcasing their prowess in restricting opposition batsmen during different crucial edition of the IPL.

Dwayne Bravo 150+ dots    
Piyush Chawla 130+ dots   
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 120+ dots
Jasprit Bumrah 110+ dots
Harbhajan Singh 100+ dots

Key Stats on dot Balls in IPL History

  • Jasprit Bumrah holds the record for most dot balls (11) in the IPL death overs  
  • Lasith Malinga tops the list for most career dot balls in death overs (170+)
  • Successful death overs bowlers use intelligent variations in pace, lengths and pinpoint yorkers to make scoring very difficult
  • By conceding very few runs and building pressure, they achieve excellent economy rates (7-8) and strike rates (<20) even in these high-scoring overs

By mastering the art of bowling dot balls during the death overs, bowlers like Bumrah, Malinga, and Bravo play instrumental roles in their team’s successes.

How many career IPL wickets does Lasith Malinga have?

Lasith Malinga has taken 170 wickets in 122 IPL matches – the highest by any bowler. His effectiveness made him a match-winner for Mumbai Indians.

Who bowled the most dot balls in IPL 2022?

Jasprit Bumrah bowled the most dots in IPL 2022 with 158 dot balls in 14 matches. This highlights his exceptional ability to control runs irrespective of the phase of the innings.

What is considered a good economy rate in the IPL death overs?

Given the extremely high scoring rates in this phase, an economy rate of 7-8 runs per over is considered excellent for bowlers operating during the death overs in IPL games.

Which bowler has the best IPL economy rate in the death overs?

Afghanistan’s spin wizard Rashid Khan has the best economy rate in death overs – conceding just  7.46 runs per over . This highlights his rare ability to contain even during the most high-scoring phase.


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