Steve Smith, Hilfenhaus most efficient in IPL 5

Updated: 07 June 2012 12:25 IST

The most significant statistical change in the just-concluded Indian Premier League has been the reduction in the percentage of dot balls faced by batsmen compared to the previous year.

Steve Smith, Hilfenhaus most efficient in IPL 5

The most significant statistical change in the just-concluded Indian Premier League has been the reduction in the percentage of dot balls faced by batsmen compared to the previous year. Strikingly, this reduction in dot balls has resulted in more singles than last year. There has been a two percent drop in dot balls, and a near-identical increase in the number of singles.

This year's tournament also saw a substantial increase in the number of sixes, while there was a slight drop in the fours scored.

The table below indicates this.

Distribution of balls faced in IPL 2011 and 2012

20112012
Balls% ballsBalls% ballsDiff %
Dot balls6,67240.426,60738.25-2.17
1s6,20337.586,84039.612.03
2s1,0216.181,1136.440.26
3s500.3580.340.04
4s1,91611.611,91111.07-0.54
5s70.0480.050.01
6s6393.877334.240.37
Total16,50817,270


Pune Warriors' Steve Smith had just 70 dot balls out of the 267 that he faced in IPL V. His dot-ball percentage of 26.22 was the lowest among batsman who faced at least 48 balls. Paul Valthaty, one of the stars of IPL 2011, had the worst dot-ball percentage (68.63) this time around.

Rahul Dravid had the most dot balls (186), followed by Chris Gayle (173), Shikhar Dhawan (163) and Ajinkya Rahane (160). That didn't stop Gayle winning the Orange Cap for leading run-scorer though.

Batsmen with lowest percentage of dot balls (Qualification: 48 balls or more)

Batsman% dotsDot ballsBalls facedTeam
SPD Smith26.2270267PWI
JA Morkel26.471868CSK
AD Mathews26.8529108PWI
AB deVilliers27.2754198RCB
IK Pathan27.7835126DD
CL White27.8189320DC
DT Christian27.9733118DC
Gurkeerat Singh28.851552KXIP


Batsmen with highest percentage of dot balls
(Qualification: 48 balls or more)

Batsman% dotsDot BallsBalls FacedTeam
PC Valthaty68.633551KXIP
RE Levi54.794073MI
HH Gibbs54.554888MI
NV Ojha49.55111224DD
DJ Harris49.550101DC
CJ Ferguson47.623063PWI
MEK Hussey47.46112236CSK
BB McCullum47.35134283KKR


Batsmen who faced the most dot balls

BatsmanDotsBalls faced% dot ballsTeam
R Dravid18641245.15RR
CH Gayle17345637.94RCB
S Dhawan16343937.13DC
AM Rahane16043336.95RR
JH Kallis14538437.76KKR
Mandeep Singh13634239.77KXIP
BB McCullum13428347.35KKR
RV Uthappa13334338.78PWI
RG Sharma13134238.3MI
G Gambhir13141131.87KKR


Chennai Super Kings' Ben Hilfenhaus had the distinction of delivering the highest percentage of dot balls (53.40) in IPL 2012 - by far the best among bowlers who delivered at least 60 balls. At the other end of the scale, Sourav Ganguly's dot-ball percentage was among the worst (19.67).

Praveen Kumar sent down the most dot balls in the competition (179), followed by Sunil Narine (169) and Morne Morkel (161). Morkel was also the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.

Bowlers delivering the highest percentage of dot balls (Qualification: at least 60 balls)

Bowler% dotsDot ballsBalls bowledTeam
BW Hilfenhaus53.4110206CSK
DW Steyn50.89143281DC
L Balaji5090180KKR
SW Tait49.6469139RR
SR Watson48.267139RR
A Chandila47.624084RR
KMDN Kulasekara47.624084CSK
SP Narine47.61169355KKR
Praveen Kumar47.35179378KXIP
RJ Harris47.2251108KXIP


Bowlers delivering the lowest percentage of dot balls
(Qualification: at least 60 balls)

Bowler% dotsDot ballsBalls bowledTeam
SC Ganguly19.671261PWI
AB Agarkar23.262086DD
STR Binny251560RR
SK Raina26.192284CSK
TP Sudhindra26.761971DC
R Bhatia27.8189320KKR


Bowlers who bowled the most dot balls

BowlerDotsBalls bowled% dot ballsTeam
Praveen Kumar17937847.35KXIP
SP Narine16935547.61KKR
M Morkel16137942.48DD
IK Pathan15736043.61DD
Zaheer Khan15536043.06RCB
UT Yadav15236941.19DD
SL Malinga14833444.31MI
R Ashwin14839637.37CSK
DW Steyn14328150.89DC
R Vinay Kumar12933738.28RCB
MM Patel12928445.82MI
JA Morkel12629842.28CSK
PP Chawla12634236.84KXIP


Topics : Cricket Ben Hilfenhaus Stephen Barry Smith Indian Premier League 2012
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