It’s no surprise that the list of most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL is dominated by players who have had the longest careers, played at the top of the order, and thus had the most opportunities to play the most dot balls in the IPL.
Dot balls are considered pressure-building deliveries in the game’s shortest format. In a high-intensity tournament such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), players prefer to play as few dots as possible. Here are 10 players with the highest dot-ball percentage in IPL –
1. Chris Gayle – 43.95
Chris Gayle is regarded as one of the most dangerous batsmen in T20 cricket history. Dot balls wouldn’t make a difference to someone like Gayle. He has the power game to compensate for those gaps, as he demonstrated during his long IPL career.
2. Shane Watson – 41.58
Shane Watson was a key player for his IPL teams. Watson appeared in 102 IPL games, scoring 3874 runs at an average of 30.99 and a strike rate of 137.91. In the IPL, the Australian all-rounder has taken 92 wickets.
3. Robin Uthappa – 38.37
Robin Uthappa has been on the radar of several IPL franchises since 2008. MI, RCB, PWI, KKR, RR, and CSK were among the six franchises he played for. His best season was in 2014, when he was awarded the Orange Cap and played a key role in KKR’s second IPL title.
4. Shikhar Dhawan – 36.74
Shikhar Dhawan has been one of the IPL’s most consistent players. He’s a dependable opener. Dhawan is also an important part of India’s limited overs setup. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves because his performances are consistent, whether it’s for the Indian team or the IPL.
5. Ajinkya Rahane – 36.64
Ajinkya Rahane, an experienced Indian batsman, has been a part of the league since its inception. Before joining Delhi Capitals, he played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, and Rising Pune Supergiant. Throughout his career, he has never been a T20 specialist. He used to, however, consistently perform at the top of the order year after year.
6. Gautam Gambhir – 36.34
Gautam Gambhir is arguably the most influential cricketer in the history of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Despite the fact that Sourav Ganguly took over as captain of the Men in Gold and Purple, it was the Delhi-born cricketer who helped them turn their fortunes around. Gambhir also made a significant contribution with the bat, scoring 4217 runs at a strike rate of 123.88 and an average of 31.
7. Rohit Sharma – 36.23
Rohit Sharma may well retire as the Indian Premier League’s most successful captain in terms of matches and trophies. He has already won five titles for the Mumbai Indians at the age of 34, all of which have come since 2013. With the bat, he is one of the best players in world cricket.
8. David Warner – 36.01
On and off the field, David Warner is arguably one of the most entertaining players in the league. He is a player to keep an eye on in both the IPL and the national team, as a batter with pure aggression and controlled power-hitting. Warner is regarded as one of the most dangerous T20 players in the world.
9. Virat Kohli – 33.88
Virat Kohli is regarded as the best batsmen in the world. Kohli’s technique is world-class and he has been one of the best players in the history of IPL. He is also the highest run scorer in IPL.
10. MS Dhoni – 33.46
Dhoni is still the best tactician in the game at the age of 40. Dhoni was regarded as the best finisher in the world during his prime. He has won numerous matches for CSK in the IPL and for Team India on his own.