Most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL

It won’t come as any surprise that the list of most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL is dominated by those players who have had the longest careers, playing at the top of the order and therefore had the most opportunity to play the most dot balls in the IPL.

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli feature on the list of most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL
Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli both feature on the list of most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL. Source CC

We start then with a list of batsman that have played over 1000 dot balls in the IPL. Note that there is a very good chance that AB de Villiers and Ambati Rayudu will join this all time list of most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL during the 2021 season.

BatsmanDot Balls
V Kohli1496
S Dhawan1487
RG Sharma1436
CH Gayle1383
RV Uthappa1350
DA Warner1306
SK Raina1267
G Gambhir1227
AM Rahane1182
SR Watson1157
MS Dhoni1103
KD Karthik1018
Most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL

Our 2nd table looks at the most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL in a single season. Again it’s worth pointing out here that the 2011-2013 IPL seasons had more teams in them, meaning more games and accounting for a higher number of dot balls.

YearBatsmanDot Balls
2013*MEK Hussey202
2013*R Dravid199
2015LMP Simmons198
2010SC Ganguly194
2011*SR Tendulkar194
2010JH Kallis191
2014DR Smith187
2012*R Dravid186
2013*CH Gayle185
2013*AM Rahane183
Most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL in a single season

The next table then lists the most dot balls played by a batsman in each season of the IPL. David Warner is the only player to have appeared on this list twice.

SeasonBatsmanDot Balls
2008SE Marsh159
2009JH Kallis150
2010SC Ganguly194
2011*SR Tendulkar 194
2012*R Dravid 186
2013*MEK Hussey202
2014DR Smith187
2015LMP Simmons198
2016DA Warner182
2017DA Warner161
2018CA Lynn160
2019SR Watson152
2020KL Rahul175
most dot balls played by a batsman in each season of the IPL

As our focus gets a little sharper, we move onto consider the most dot balls played by batsmen on both teams in a single match of the IPL . Here we list the IPL games that have finished with more than a majority of dot balls from the available 240 at the start of the game.

The most dot balls in a single IPL match actually occurred in the 4th fixture of the tournament in its debut season. Deccan Chargers captain VVS Laxman whose side limped to 110 all out from 18.4 overs in the game labelled the pitch as “shocking” while the Bengal Cricket Association took the decision to appoint an Australian pitch curator to help improve conditions at Eden Gardens for the remainder of the tournament.

YearFixtureDot Balls
2008KKR v DC133
2009KKR v RR132
2019CSK v RCB127
2008CSK v RCB122
2009DD v KXIP121
2011MI v RR121
2019KKR v CSK121
The most dot balls in a single IPL match

Onwards then to the most dot balls played in a team’s innings in the IPL. Not surprisingly innings from the matches in the list above feature heavily here and the list is dominated by sides batting first.

YearFixtureTeam (innings)Score (overs)Dot Balls
2019KKR v MIKKR (1)108/9 (20)75
2020KKR v RCBKKR (1)84/8 (20)72
2011MI v DDMI (1)92/10 (19.2)69
2009DC v RCBDC (1)82/10 (18.3)69
2009DC v KKRKKR (1)101/10 (19.4)69
2011KTK v RRRR (1)97/10 (18.3)69
2013DD v SRHDD (1)114/8 (20)68
2016DD v KXIPKXIP (1)111/9 (20)68
2008CSK v RCBCSK (2)112/8 (20)68
2008KXIP v MIMI (2)116/9 (20)68
The most dot balls played in a team’s innings in the IPL

We finish off with the most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL in a single innings. Dwayne Bravo holds the honour having been promoted to open the batting in Mumbai Indian’s game against KXIP and batting through the innings in a fairly sedate manner as MI cruised home.

YearFixtureBatsmanRuns (balls)Dot Balls
2009KXIP v MIDJ Bravo70 (59)30
2013MI v KKRDR Smith47 (53)29
2014SRH v MIAJ Finch68 (62)29
2014CSK v RCBCH Gayle46 (50)28
2014MI v CSKDR Smith 57 (51)28
2019CSK v MISR Watson80 (59)27
2009KXIP v MIJP Duminy 59 (63)27
2019MI v CSKKM Jadhav58 (54)27
2019CSK v RCBAT Rayudu28 (42)27
the most dot balls played by a batsman in the IPL in a single innings

Last updated March 2021

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