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Stats: Basil Thampi registers worst bowling figures in IPL history

The Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler conceded 70 runs in his four overs.

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Stats 17 May 2018, 21:55 IST
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Thampi came in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was thrashed by the RCB batsmen
Thampi came in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was thrashed by the RCB batsmen

Ishant Sharma no longer holds the record for the worst figures in IPL history. The Indian fast bowler's IPL record was broken by another Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler. Basil Thampi's figures of 4-0-70-0 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bengaluru is now the worst figures in IPL history, the worst by an Indian bowler and the third-worst figures in T20 history.

The previous IPL record was held by Ishant Sharma, whose figures of 4-0-66-0 came against Chennai Super Kings for Sunrisers Hyderabad at Hyderabad on 8 May 2013. But five years on, another SRH bowler claimed the unwanted record.

The Indian record for most runs conceded by a bowler in a T20 match belonged to Sreenath Aravind, who conceded 69 runs against South Australia at Bengaluru in a Champions League T20 game in 2011. But Thampi's tally meant that he is now the owner of that unwanted record as well. In the process, Thampi became the ninth bowler in IPL history to concede 60 or more runs.

In the history of T20s, only two bowlers have ever conceded more runs in a T20 match. Pakistan's Sarmad Anwar holds the world record for most expensive figures in T20 history. Playing for Sialkot Stallions, he conceded 81 runs in the game against Lahore Lions at Faisalabad in June 2011.

Yorkshire's Ben Sanderson is in second place on the list of most expensive figures in T20s. In the 2017 edition of the Natwest T20 Blast, he conceded 77 against Northants at Leeds.

Two other bowlers, Anthony Martin and Andrew Mathieson have also conceded 70 runs in their four spells in a T20 match. While Martin conceded 70 for the Leeward Islands against Trinidad and Tobago at North Sound in 2012, Mathieson's came for Central Districts against Auckland at Auckland in 2015.

The 24-year-old fast bowler came in for the game against RCB in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. His first two balls were hit for back-to-back sixes by Moeen Ali. Eventually, his first over went for 19 runs. The first ball of his second was hit for a boundary again by Moeen Ali but the highlight of his second over was a six from AB de Villiers that went out of the stadium.

After two overs, Thampi had conceded 37 runs but because SRH only had five front-line bowlers, he came out and bowled two overs at the death as well. The 24-year-old fared slightly better in his third over as he went for just 14 runs.

Still, after three overs, he had gone for 51 overs. He came in to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. His first ball went for a six from Colin de Grandhomme and a boundary from Sarfraz gave him the most expensive figures in this year's IPL. The six off the next ball gave him the record for most expensive figures in IPL history. Although he finished off with two singles off the last two balls, he still conceded 70 runs and finished with an unwanted IPL record.

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