T20 is all about entertainment, and spectators want to see the batsmen tonk the ball out of the stadium. But the entertainment is often at the expense of a bowler, who got carried away by the match situation. Although bowlers getting smashed for 8 or 9 runs an over in a T20 match is a common sight, getting whacked for over 15 runs an over may have severe consequences on the team’s chances. SPORTZWIKI digs deep into the history books and takes a look at the Top 5 Most Expensive spells in IPL history.
1. Ishant Sharma (4-0-66-0)
No wonder Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler Ishant Sharma is the butt of all jokes on Facebook and Twitter. Well, he has earned the reputation of being a batsman’s best buddy, leaking runs with grace and welcomeness. Ishant went for 66 from his quota of four overs against the CSK in Hyderabad, taken to the cleaners by CSK opener Murali Vijay in his very second over as Vijay smashed him for three consecutive sixes. As if the torture with the new ball wasn’t enough, Suresh Raina was equally severe on Ishant in the death overs as he went for 25 runs in a single over as the men in yellow rallied to a score of 223 with Raina unbeaten on 99.
2. Umesh Yadav (4-0-65-0)
Raw pace, when not backed up by line and length, can prove to be a liability. Ask Umesh Yadav on how it worked out for him. The Delhi Daredevils pacer went for a mere 18 runs in his first two overs, before Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers whacked the ball to all corners of the Chinnaswamy, as Bangalore finished on 183 when 160 looked more likely. Delhi finished 4 runs short of the Bangalore total, owing mainly to Virat and AB’s death over blitz at the expense of Yadav.
3. Sandeep Sharma (4-0-65-1)
You’re only as good as your last game. Sandeep Sharma had enjoyed a dream start to the IPL VII, swinging the ball and causing problems to the best of batsmen. But the Hyderabad surface offered little himself and Sandeep was found wanting as his lack of pace made it easy pickings for the batsmen. George Bailey gave him an extended spell after Sandeep went for just 13 in his first two overs, but after having the wicket of Aaron Finch overruled because of a no-ball, Shikhar Dhawan was all over the youngster as he went for 26 runs. In the death overs, it was Naman Ojha‘s turn to add to Sandeep’s misery as another 26 run over helped Hyderabad reach a total of 205. Did it cost the Kings XI Punjab the match? No. Their batting is far too strong.
4. Varun Aaron (4-0-63-2)
Varun Aaron was victim of Murali Vijay’s usual coming to form in the playoff stage of the IPL. In the 2012 IPL, Aaron picked up the wickets of Michael Hussey and MS Dhoni, but Vijay made it a point to destroy his bowling figures, while Dwayne Bravo‘s late 20-run assault on Aaron sealed Delhi’s fate as Chennai ended up on 222, and Delhi Daredevils were sent packing.
5. Ashok Dinda (4-0-63-0)
There are some batsman friendly wickets, and there are some batsmen friendly bowlers. Ashok Dinda, unfortunately for the Pune Warriors and the Royal Challengers Bangalore now, is one such bowler. After choosing to bat at the Wankhede, Tendulkar and Ponting went of to a flying start as Tendulkar smashed Dinda for four consecutive boundaries in the first over itself. Angelo Matthews made the mistake of turning to Dinda in the death overs and a set Rohit Sharma tore into the Bengal speedster!