IPL : Top 5 Expensive Spells in 11 years of IPL History
Not even a single foreign bowler features in this list!
T20 cricket has been considered to be a batsman's paradise and we have witnessed several bowlers getting smashed all over the park. Hence, the significance of economical bowlers and death-over specialists has become a major factor in a team's success in T20 format. With heavier bats, dew factor and smaller grounds, the situation of bowlers in T20 has turned from bad to worse.
Wickets are the key to victory in T20 format and hence the bowlers have started to be far more aggressive with varying lengths, lines, slower balls and off-cutters. The knuckle-ball, carrom-ball have been the latest addition to their weapons.
At times, the batsmen tend to target few bowlers from 'Ball 1' and the bowlers end up with expensive figures. Here is the list of top 5 expensive spells in 11 years of IPL history and a closer look at the overall performance of these bowlers.
#5 Ashok Dinda - Pune Warriors India
Figures: 4 - 0 - 63 - 0
Ashok Dinda has played for KKR, DD, PWI, RCB and RPS and has been one of the most expensive bowlers in IPL. He has picked up 68 wickets from 78 IPL matches, with an unimpressive economy of 8.22.
In IPL 2013, Dinda delivered his most expensive spell while playing for Pune Warriors against Mumbai Indians. He conceded 63 runs from 4 overs, which included 5 fours and 4 sixes. Pune went on to lose the match and eventually ended up 8th in the points table.
Apart from this spell, Dinda had a decent IPL 2013 with 16 wickets from 13 matches and was the leading wicket-taker for Pune Warriors.