IPL unplugged From Gayles sixes to Munafs dots

If it is April, it’s IPL time. As the Indian Premier League enters double digits, there is no doubt that the Indian cricket season has never been the same since the inaugural edition in 2008. Although the mix of cricket and entertainment is intact, neither the quality of the contests nor the seriousness of the players has ever been in doubt.

Indian cricket wrapped up one of its most successful and lengthy home seasons a week back, and yet the sense of anticipation heading into a new IPL season is palpable.

Over the next six weeks, we will get to see Pune’s Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith put their heads together to plot Bangalore’s Virat Kohli’s dismissal. Delhi’s Pat Cummins, who was bowling his heart out for his captain till a couple of weeks ago, will now have to bowl similarly to his captain Smith and teammates David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, amog others. The major contribution of the IPL to the cricketing world has been this dramatic change to team dynamics, exciting the viewers not only at the grounds but also in living rooms.

Nine seasons have passed and so there are plenty of numbers to play with. Here are all the quirky figures to date.

BATTING

30 – The most dot balls faced by a batsman in a match
Dwayne Bravo, during his unbeaten 70 in 59 balls for Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab in Centurion in 2009

37 – The most singles run by a batsman in a match
David Warner, during his unbeaten 107 in 69 balls for Delhi Daredevils against Kolkata Knight Riders in New Delhi in 2010

14 – The most twos run by a batsman in a match
Manish Pandey, during his unbeaten 114 in 73 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Deccan Chargers in Centurion in 2009

3 – The most threes run by a batsman in a match
AB de Villiers, during his unbeaten 59 in 23 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur in 2012

19 – The most fours hit by a batsman in a match
*Paul Valthaty, during his unbeaten 120 in 63 balls for Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings in Mohali in 2011
*AB de Villiers, during his unbeaten 133 in 59 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium) in 2015

2 – The most fives taken by a batsman in a match
Manoj Tiwary, during his unbeaten 24 in 24 balls for Kolkata Knight Riders against Pune Warriors India in Navi Mumbai in 2011

17 – The most sixes hit by a batsman in a match
Chris Gayle, during his unbeaten 175 in 66 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in Bangalore in 2013

15 – The quickest individual 50 in balls
Yusuf Pathan, during his 72 in 22 balls for Kolkata Knight Riders against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata in 2014

55 – The slowest individual 50 in balls
JP Duminy, during his 59 in 63 balls for Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab in Durban in 2009

30 – The quickest individual 100 in balls
Chris Gayle, during his unbeaten 175 in 66 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in Bangalore in 2013

67 – The slowest individual 100 in balls
Manish Pandey, during his unbeaten 114 in 73 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Deccan Chargers in Centurion in 2009

0.00 – The lowest percentage of dot balls faced by a batsman in a match
*Brad Hodge, during his unbeaten 27 in 15 balls for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians in Jaipur in 2013 – he took 11 singles, two twos, and hit two sixes
*Ravindra Jadeja, during his unbeaten 19 in 15 balls for Gujarat Lions against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Delhi in 2016 – he took 13 singles, one two, and hit one four

4.00 – Suresh Raina, during his unbeaten 44 in 25 balls for Chennai Super Kings against Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai in 2013, faced just one dot ball – he took 16 singles, three twos, hit four fours and one six

100.00 – The highest percentage of dot balls faced by a batsman in a match
Nayan Doshi faced 13 dot balls during his scoreless innings for Rajasthan Royals against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Indore in 2011

75.00 – Herschelle Gibbs faced 18 dots in his 24 balls while scoring 13 for Mumbai Indians against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium) in 2012; in the remaining six balls, he managed four singles, 1 four and a five

100.00 –The highest percentage of boundaries scored by a batsman in a match
Sanath Jayasuriya, during his 36 for Mumbai Indians against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad in 2008, made all his 36 runs in boundaries, hitting six fours and two sixes in 15 balls

96.55 – Suresh Raina, during his 87 in 25 balls for Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium) in 2014, scored 84 runs in boundaries, hitting 12 fours and six sixes

89.47 – Sanath Jayasuriya, during his unbeaten 114 in 48 balls for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium) in 2008, scored 102 runs in boundaries, hitting nine fours and 11 sixes

35 – The most number of balls faced by a batsman in a match without hitting a four or a six
Ross Taylor, during his innings of 25 for Delhi Daredevils against Rajasthan Royals in New Delhi in 2012, faced 14 dots and picked up 17 singles and four twos

63 – The most number of balls faced by a batsman in a match without hitting a six
JP Duminy, during his innings of 59 for Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab in Durban in 2009, faced 27 dots and had 22 singles, nine twos, one three and four fours

400.00 – The highest batting strike rate in a match
Albie Morkel needed just seven balls to make 28 for Chennai Super Kings against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai in 2012 – his innings had one dot ball, one two, two fours and three sixes, all scored in the same over off Virat Kohli

41.67 – The lowest batting strike rate in a match
Chris Gayle, during his innings of 10 in 24 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians in Bangalore in 2015 – his innings had 15 dots, 8 singles, one two and not a single boundary.

48.57 – The lowest batting strike rate in a match
Dinesh Karthik, during his innings of 17 in 35 balls for Delhi Daredevils against Kings XI Punjab in New Delhi in 2010 – his innings had 22 dots, 11 singles, one two and one four

74.55 – The highest percentage of dot balls faced by a batsman overall
S Sreesanth played out 41 dots out of the 55 balls he faced in 14 innings, while aggregating 34 runs in his career

70.49 – Shahbaz Nadeem played out 43 dots out of the 61 balls he faced in 14 innings, while aggregating 24 runs in his career

60.20 – Davy Jacobs played out 59 dots out of the 98 balls he faced in seven innings, while aggregating 92 runs in his career

53.37 – Yogesh Takawale played out 95 dots out of the 178 balls he faced in ten innings, while aggregating 192 runs in his career

23.53 – The lowest percentage of dot balls faced by a batsman overall
Sarfaraz Khan played out just 24 dots out of the 102 balls he faced in 12 innings, while aggregating 177 runs

191.13 – The highest batting strike rate overall
Krunal Pandya has aggregated 237 runs in 124 balls in his nine innings

173.41 – Andre Russell has aggregated 574 runs in 331 balls in his 25 innings

1108 – The most number of dot balls faced by a batsman overall
Virat Kohli in his 131 innings, while facing 3151 balls

1302 – The most number of singles taken by a batsman overall
Virat Kohli in his 131 innings, while facing 3151 balls

231 – The most number of twos taken by a batsman overall
MS Dhoni in his 128 innings, while facing 2354 balls

17 – The most number of threes taken by a batsman overall
M Vijay in his 100 innings, while facing 2035 balls

422 – The most number of fours hit by a batsman overall
Gautam Gambhir in his 131 innings, while facing 2927 balls

4 – The most number of fives taken by a batsman overall
Manoj Tiwary in his 68 innings, while facing 1169 balls

251 – The most number of sixes hit by a batsman overall
Chris Gayle in his 91 innings, while facing 2235 balls

141 – The most number of balls played by a batsman without a single six overall
Nitin Saini in his ten innings, while scoring 140 runs

45 – The most number of balls taken by a batsman without a single boundary (4/6) overall
Pragyan Ojha in his 92 matches (23 innings) while scoring 16 runs

BOWLING

20 – The most number of dot balls delivered by a bowler in a match
Munaf Patel, for Rajasthan Royals against Kolkata Knight Riders in Durban in his four overs in 2009 – in the remaining five balls (including a no-ball) he conceded two singles, one three and two fours

84.21 – The highest percentage of dot balls delivered by a bowler in a match
Praveen Kumar, for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan in Cape Town delivered 16 dots, and gave away two singles and a two in his three overs (including a no-ball)

80.00 – Munaf Patel 20 dots in 25 balls (see above)

20 – The most number of singles conceded by a bowler in a match
Krunal Pandya, for Mumbai Indians against Delhi Daredevils in Delhi in 2016 in four overs

9 – The most number of twos conceded by a bowler in a match
R Vinay Kumar, for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Deccan Chargers in Johannesburg in 2009 in four overs

2 – The most number of threes conceded by a bowler in a match
27 instances

11 – The most number of fours conceded by a bowler in a match
Munaf Patel, for Rajasthan Royals against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad in 2008 in four overs

1 – The most number of fives conceded by a bowler in a match
42 instances

7 – The most number of sixes conceded by a bowler in a match
*Mitchell Marsh, for Pune Warriors India against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore in 2013 in three overs
*Amit Mishra, for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah in 2014 in four overs
*Karn Sharma, for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Chennai Super Kings in Chennai in 2015 in four overs
*K Cariappa, for Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore in 2016 in three overs

66 – The most number of runs conceded by a bowler in a match
Ishant Sharma, for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad in 2014 in four overs

37 – The most number of runs conceded in an over by a bowler in a match
P Parameswaran, of Kochi Tuskers Kerala against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore in 2011 – Chris Gayle was the batsman: 6 nb6 4 4 6 6 4

1106 – The most number of dot balls delivered by a bowler overall
Praveen Kumar, in his 404.1 overs in 113 games

1172 – The most number of singles conceded by a bowler overall
Harbhajan Singh, in his 445.3 overs in 125 games

186 – The most number of twos conceded by a bowler overall
Piyush Chawla, in his 407.1 overs in 123 games

16 – The most number of threes conceded by a bowler overall
Praveen Kumar, in his 404.1 overs in 113 games

319 – The most number of fours conceded by a bowler overall
Praveen Kumar, in his 404.1 overs in 113 games

3 – The most number of fives conceded by a bowler overall
*R Vinay Kumar, in his 346.4 overs in 102 games
*Ashok Dinda, in his 242.4 overs in 75 games

130 – The most number of sixes conceded by a bowler overall
Amit Mishra, in 400.6 overs in 112 games

6.18 – The best economy rate of a bowler overall
Sunil Narine, in 261.5 overs while conceding 1619 runs in 66 games

102 – The most number of balls delivered by a bowler without conceding a single six overall
Nuwan Kulasekara, in six games. He has, however, conceded 16 fours

141 – The most number of balls delivered by a bowler while conceding just two sixes in the tournament overall
Fidel Edwards, in six games

53.19 – The highest percentage of dots balls delivered by a bowler overall
Fidel Edwards, 75 dots out of 141 balls in the six innings he bowled in six games

52.82 – Sohail Tanvir delivered 131 dots out of 248 balls in the 11 innings he bowled in 11 games

22.18 – The lowest percentage of dots balls delivered by a bowler overall
Virat Kohli delivered just 57 dots out of 257 balls in the 26 innings he bowled in 139 games

28.70 – Rajat Bhatia delivered just 458 dots out of 1596 balls in the 88 innings he bowled in 92 games

TEAM

2.3 – The fewest number of overs taken by a team to reach 50
Royal Challengers Bangalore (128/1 in 13.1 overs) against Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Bangalore in 2011

5.6 – The fewest number of overs taken by a team to reach 100
Chennai Super Kings (202/7 in 20 overs) against Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium) in 2014

11.1 – The fewest number of overs taken by a team to reach 150
Royal Challengers Bangalore (211/3 in 15 overs) against Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore in 2016

14.1 – The fewest number of overs taken by a team to reach 200
Royal Challengers Bangalore (211/3 in 15 overs) against Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore in 2016

100/2 – The most runs made in the first six overs (Power Play) of an innings
Chennai Super Kings (202/7 in 20 overs) against Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium) in 2014

9955 – The maximum runs have been scored in the 18th over
@ 9.80 runs per over

6789 – The fewest number of runs have been scored in the opening over
@ 5.89 runs per over

676 – The maximum number of wickets have fallen in the 20th over
@ 10.69 runs per over

224 – The fewest number of wickets have fallen in the first over of the tournament
@ 5.89 runs per over

10.69 – The average number of runs scored per over – in the 20th over – the highest overall

5.89 – The average number of runs scored per over – in the first over – the lowest overall

39.08 – The percentage of dot balls (51,729) delivered overall

44.87 – The percentage of singles, twos and threes (59,394) scored overall
In all, 50,086 singles, 8835 twos and 473 threes have been recorded

16.06 – The percentage of boundaries (4s, 5s, 6s) hit (21257) overall
In all, 14,409 fours, 42 fives and 5806 sixes have been recorded

857 – The most number of sixes hit by a side in the tournament overall
Royal Challengers Bangalore in 140 games

732 – The most number of sixes conceded by a side in the tournament overall
Royal Challengers Bangalore in 140 games

793 – The ground that has witnessed the most sixes in the tournament overall
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore in 59 games/115 innings – on an average a six is hit every 16 balls, seven sixes every innings and 13 every match

Source: Wisden India

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