Sportnasha IPL special:
* Some unknown facts and stats in IPL:
1. Piyush Chawla is the only bowler to bowl 386 overs in IPL history without a single No ball bowled. He is the only Cricketer to hold this unique achievement in T20 League.
2. Robin Uthappa holds the record of playing most number of IPL matches without being a captain. Uthappa has played 177 IPL matches without ever getting a chance to captain his side. He is followed by Yusuf Pathan (174) and Ravindra Jadeja (170).
3. Iqbal Abdulla has the highest career batting average in the IPL amongst Indian players with a minimum of 10 innings. The Mumbai left-arm spinner averages 44.00 with the bat in the IPL. MS Dhoni comes in next, with an average of 42.20. For the overall, Jonny Bairstow has the highest overall average (55.62) in the IPL.
4. In T20, if an all-rounder can bowl his quota of four overs without giving away too many runs and score some valuable runs with the bat, he has done the job for his team. Scoring a fifty as well as taking four wickets in a match is a rare feat and Yuvraj Singh has done it three times. He did it for the first time while playing for the Kings XI Punjab in 2009. With the ball, he took 3/22 and scored 50 runs from 34 balls. He achieved the feat again while playing for Pune Warriors in 2011. While batting, he scored a brilliant 66* from 32 balls and then took 4/22 with the ball. He achieved the feat a remarkable third time for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014. While batting, he blasted a 38-ball 83 run knock and took 4/33 with the ball.
5. Balachandra Akhil has the highest strike rate among Indian players with minimum 25 runs in an IPL innings. The Karnataka all-rounder had a strike rate of 385.71 in his innings of 27* for RCB against Deccan Chargers. Virat Kohli comes in next with a strike rate of 357.14. Akhil’s match-winning knock came in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008. RCB required 25 runs to win off 16 deliveries when Akhil came into bat at the fall of Kohli’s wicket. The youngster smashed an unbeaten 27 off just 7 deliverables in a knock studded with 3 sixes and 2 fours. This helped RCB to romp home with 5 wickets in hand and an over to spare. For overall, Chris Morris has the highest strike rate in an IPL innings, having scored 38* in 9 deliveries at a strike rate of 422.22.
6. Virat Kohli, with 5412 runs, stands as the leading run-getter of the IPL. But he missed out on becoming the first player to reach 5000 runs in the IPL as he failed to record a big knock in the 2019 season opener against CSK. In the same game, Suresh Raina reached the milestone during the 2nd innings. Raina is currently the 2nd highest run-scorer of the league with 5368 runs to his name.
7. The RCB faced Rising Pune Supergiant in their 10th game of the 2017 season. Virat Kohli opened the batting with Travis Head but found no support from any batter. He was dismissed in the 18th over at the score of 84/9 having scored 55 runs from 48 balls with 4 fours and a maximum. RCB played out 20 overs scoring just 96 runs for the loss of 9 wickets and lost the game by 61 runs. S Aravind (8* off 6) and Kedar Jadhav (7 off 12) were the only players to hit a boundary other than Kohli during the innings. They were also 2nd and 3rd top-scores for the RCB respectively which meant no batsman except Virat managed to reach double digits. Thus, it became the first individual fifty in a completed IPL inning where no other batsman got to the double digits.
8. Shreyas Gopal holds the Indian record for the best career bowling average among bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 250 deliveries in the IPL. Gopal has a career bowling average of 19.39 and is the only Indian in the IPL list of top 10 bowlers with the best averages. For the record, Kagiso Rabada has the best career bowling average in the history of the IPL, with an average of 17.93.
9. Ashish Reddy holds the Indian record for the best career bowling strike rate among bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 250 deliveries in the IPL. He has a career strike rate of 14.5 in the competition, which is second only to Rabada who has a career strike rate of 13.2. Reddy, who has never been in the India reckoning, has represented Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL. The Hyderabad all-rounder has picked a total of 18 wickets in 31 IPL matches at an average of 22.00, an economy rate of 9.06, and a strike rate of just 14.56.
10. Did you know Mohit Sharma in 2014 and Imran Tahir in 2019 are the only two bowlers to win purple cap without bowling a single No ball in that season.
By Paramdeep Rathee