Bowling in the shortest format of the game is all about containing than actually picking up wickets. When the runs are contained, automatically the batsmen would come under pressure and would try playing big shots which can prove to be disastrous for the team. This is the only joy a bowler can have in the game dominated by batsmen. Bowlers love the view of batsmen struggling to score and get even more delighted when their slog hitting fails too.

But for bowlers to create this pressure on the batsmen, one thing that they need to do is contain the batsmen, bowl as many dot balls as possible and if they are supported by tight fielding, then there’s nothing beating that. In today’s stat we will take a look at bowlers who have bowled most number of dot balls and in return have forced the batsmen to take uncalculated risks, which in turn helps the team.

Take a look at the list below and let’s discuss further:

Player

Matches

Overs

Runs

Wkts

Dots

Chris Morris (RR)

4

15.0

113

3

45

Sandeep Sharma (KXIP)

3

12.0

61

3

37

Anureet Singh (KXIP)

3

12.0

97

7

37

Tim Southee (RR)

4

16.0

148

3

37

Mitchell Johnson (KXIP)

3

12.0

99

4

36

Trent Boult (SRH)

3

12.0

101

5

36

Dhawal Kulkarni (RR)

4

10.0

63

4

34

Vinay Kumar (MI)

4

12.3

98

1

34

Lasith Malinga (MI)

4

16.0

142

4

34

Ashish Nehra (CSK)

3

12.0

79

6

33

*Stats updated till 17 April, 2015

IPL began right after World Cup and bowlers like Johnson, Southee and Boult were in tremendous form and were expected to do well. But above all of those in form bowlers has come Chris Morris who has bowled most number of dot balls in the present season of Pepsi IPL. Morris has played 4 matches in the Season 8 of IPL and has bowled 45 dot balls in the 15 over’s he bowled. He represents RR and RR have all 4 matches so far. We can definitely say that the dot balls bowled by Morris have played a crucial role in the wins of RR.

On second and third position we have two young Indian pace bowlers from Kings XI Punjab. Sandeep Sharma and Anureet Singh each have bowled 12 overs each in 3 matches and have bowled 37 dot balls too. They are definitely the future of Indian pace bowling. Anureet Singh has already delighted the fans by bowling quicker than his team mate Mitchell Johnson in the ongoing IPL. Bowling quicker than one of the fastest bowler of Australia is definitely a great deal and a motivation to youngsters like Anureet.

Other Indian bowlers that have made it to this list are Dhawal Kulkarni from RR, Vinay Kumar from MI and Ashish Nehra from CSK.

Nehra is 10th on the list and probably the eldest among all too. In 3 matches he has bowled 33 dot-balls. To our surprise he won the Man of the Match award twice as well in the 3 matches CSK has played so far. Is this a sign of the return of Nehra to Indian team? Well let’s hope so.

What do you think is the reason behind the success of Nehra in this IPL and will he make a comeback? Share your views with us.

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