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
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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

2011 2012
Balls % balls Balls % balls Diff %
Dot balls 6,672 40.42 6,607 38.25 -2.17
1s 6,203 37.58 6,840 39.61 2.03
2s 1,021 6.18 1,113 6.44 0.26
3s 50 0.3 58 0.34 0.04
4s 1,916 11.61 1,911 11.07 -0.54
5s 7 0.04 8 0.05 0.01
6s 639 3.87 733 4.24 0.37
Total 16,508 17,270


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 % dots Dot balls Balls faced Team
SPD Smith 26.22 70 267 PWI
JA Morkel 26.47 18 68 CSK
AD Mathews 26.85 29 108 PWI
AB deVilliers 27.27 54 198 RCB
IK Pathan 27.78 35 126 DD
CL White 27.81 89 320 DC
DT Christian 27.97 33 118 DC
Gurkeerat Singh 28.85 15 52 KXIP


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

Batsman % dots Dot Balls Balls Faced Team
PC Valthaty 68.63 35 51 KXIP
RE Levi 54.79 40 73 MI
HH Gibbs 54.55 48 88 MI
NV Ojha 49.55 111 224 DD
DJ Harris 49.5 50 101 DC
CJ Ferguson 47.62 30 63 PWI
MEK Hussey 47.46 112 236 CSK
BB McCullum 47.35 134 283 KKR


Batsmen who faced the most dot balls

Batsman Dots Balls faced % dot balls Team
R Dravid 186 412 45.15 RR
CH Gayle 173 456 37.94 RCB
S Dhawan 163 439 37.13 DC
AM Rahane 160 433 36.95 RR
JH Kallis 145 384 37.76 KKR
Mandeep Singh 136 342 39.77 KXIP
BB McCullum 134 283 47.35 KKR
RV Uthappa 133 343 38.78 PWI
RG Sharma 131 342 38.3 MI
G Gambhir 131 411 31.87 KKR


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 % dots Dot balls Balls bowled Team
BW Hilfenhaus 53.4 110 206 CSK
DW Steyn 50.89 143 281 DC
L Balaji 50 90 180 KKR
SW Tait 49.64 69 139 RR
SR Watson 48.2 67 139 RR
A Chandila 47.62 40 84 RR
KMDN Kulasekara 47.62 40 84 CSK
SP Narine 47.61 169 355 KKR
Praveen Kumar 47.35 179 378 KXIP
RJ Harris 47.22 51 108 KXIP


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

Bowler % dots Dot balls Balls bowled Team
SC Ganguly 19.67 12 61 PWI
AB Agarkar 23.26 20 86 DD
STR Binny 25 15 60 RR
SK Raina 26.19 22 84 CSK
TP Sudhindra 26.76 19 71 DC
R Bhatia 27.81 89 320 KKR


Bowlers who bowled the most dot balls

Bowler Dots Balls bowled % dot balls Team
Praveen Kumar 179 378 47.35 KXIP
SP Narine 169 355 47.61 KKR
M Morkel 161 379 42.48 DD
IK Pathan 157 360 43.61 DD
Zaheer Khan 155 360 43.06 RCB
UT Yadav 152 369 41.19 DD
SL Malinga 148 334 44.31 MI
R Ashwin 148 396 37.37 CSK
DW Steyn 143 281 50.89 DC
R Vinay Kumar 129 337 38.28 RCB
MM Patel 129 284 45.82 MI
JA Morkel 126 298 42.28 CSK
PP Chawla 126 342 36.84 KXIP
Topics : Cricket Ben Hilfenhaus Stephen Barry Smith Indian Premier League 2012
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