IPL Archives: T20 cricket is all about big shots and the fearless approach of the batters. The extraordinary number of attempts made by modern batsmen to find the fence with their shots is what makes T20 cricket such a highly regarded format of the game. The shortest format of the game requires batters to go for the big shots at any given time.
However, this is not the case with the bowling side, as their major task is to choke the opposition batters and prevent them from finding quick runs in the form of singles and doubles too. Because of the pressure caused by early wicket falls, batters are frequently seen struggling to rotate the strike.
Players often end up playing an excessive amount of dot balls in an attempt to stabilise the inning. It’s no doubt that the players who have had the longest careers in the IPL have played the highest number of dot balls in the league’s history. It’s time to take a look at the top five players in IPL history who have played the most dot balls: –
5. Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa is ranked fifth on the list. The wicketkeeper batsman who was a member of the Indian team that triumphed at the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 was a well-known name in the IPL back during the 2010–2015 period.
The right-handed batsman, who has been a part of the IPL ever since its first edition was played back in 2008, has played a total of 1350 dot balls to date in his IPL career. The 37-year-old, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier this year, has a total of 4952 runs to his name in 206 IPL matches.
4. Chris Gayle
At no. 4 on this list is none other than the Universe boss, Chris Gayle. The colossal West Indian opener, who has a slew of fantastic batting records to his name, is among the players who have played the most dot balls in IPL history. The big-hitting left-handed batsman has consumed 1383 balls. Gayle, who played in the IPL for the last time in the year 2020, has 4965 runs to his name in just 142 IPL matches.
3. Rohit Sharma
At No. 3 on the list is the most successful captain in the history of the IPL, Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai Indians’ skipper, who holds the record for winning five IPL titles for his side, also had his name added to another unwanted list. The right-handed opening batsman has played a total of 1436 dot balls in his IPL career. The 35-year-old has played a total of 227 IPL matches to date, where he has scored 5886 runs.
2. Shikhar Dhawan
At No. 2, there is Rohit Sharma’s opening partner for the ODI, Shikhar Dhawan. In his IPL career, the left-handed batsman has represented a total of five franchises. R. Shikhar has played 1487 dot balls in all of the IPLall tournaments in which he has competed. The 36-year-old has scored close to 6,250 runs in 206 IPL matches until now.
1. Virat Kohli
At the top spot in this list is the highest run scorer in IPL history to date, Virat Kohli. The right-handed batsman has amassed runs for fun over the past several years in the IPL. His impactful performances for his franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, are second to none. The 34 year old has played 1496 dot balls in his IPL career to date. He has 6624 runs to his name in 224 IPL matches so far.
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