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Most expensive over in IPL history: Know the unwanted record

Indian Premier League being a T20 format, we have seen batsmen produce quickfire knocks on several occasions, especially in the death overs. We have seen overs in which more than 36 runs have been scored, which, without a no-ball or a wide, is the most a batsman can score in a single over. In IPL 2022, KKR’s Pat Cummins scored 35 runs in a single over of Daniel Sams bowling, which is now one of the most expensive overs in IPL history. Let’s find out who has bowled the most expensive over in IPL history.

Most expensive over in IPL

Runs Bowlers Team Opposition Year
37 Harshal Patel Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai Super Kings 2021
37 Prashanth Parmeswaran Kochi Tuskers Kerala Royal Challengers Bangalore 2011
35 Daniel Sams Mumbai Indians Kolkata Knight Riders 2022
33 Parwinder Awana Punjab Kings Chennai Super Kings 2014
33 Ravi Bopara Punjab Kings Kolkata Knight Riders 2010
31 Rahul Sharma Pune Warriors India Royal Challengers Bangalore 2012
31 Arjun Tendulkar Mumbai Indians Punjab Kings 2023

Harshal Patel – 37 runs

Harshal Patel was the highest wicket-taker of IPL 2021. The Purple Cap winner finished the season with 32 wickets from 15 matches, but also bowled the most expensive over of not just the season but in IPL history. Bowling the 14th over for RCB in the match against CSK, Patel conceded 37 runs off one over, courtesy Ravindra Jadeja who was on a rampage. The all-rounder Jadeja pummelled 62 off 28 balls and helped CSK post 191, in reply to which RCB managed only 122. Harshal Patel conceded 51 runs in four overs, but it is important to mention that he picked up three wickets as well.

Prashanth Parmeswaran – 37 runs

Prashanth Parmeswaran joins Patel in the record for the most expensive over in IPL. Playing for the now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala back in 2011, Parmeswaran conceded 37 runs in a single over. He was at the receiving end of a Chris Gayle masterclass; the West Indian scored 44 off just 16 balls. Parmeswaran, meanwhile, conceded 44 runs in 2.1 overs. RCB won the match by nine wickets after gunning down the target of 126 in only 13.1 overs. Parmeswaran’s IPL career was a short one – the left-arm medium pacer played 8 game, picking up nine wickets at an economy of 8.73.

Daniel Sams – 35 runs

The most recent player to find himself in the list of most expensive over bowled in the IPL is Australia’s left arm medium pacer Daniel Sams. Playing for the Mumbai Indians against two time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, the all-rounder was hit by Pat Cummins for 35 runs in a single over. Cummins played an extraordinary knock, remaining unbeaten on 56 off just 15 balls. Sams was Mumbai’s most expensive bowler on the day, having conceded 50 runs in three overs. The Cummins masterclass helped the Knight Riders gun down a target of 162 runs with four overs to spare.

Parwinder Awana – 33 runs

Playing for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2014, Parwinder Awana conceded 33 runs in a single over to join the list of bowlers who have bowled the most expensive over in IPL. This was the all-important Qualifier 2 game and Awana was at the receiving end of Suresh Raina’s rampage. Batting first, Punjab put up a mammoth 226 runs on the board on the back of a century from Virender Sehwag. Suresh Raina then scored 87 off 25 but in a losing cause as CSK could not score more than 202 in their 20 overs. Awana conceded 59 runs in his four overs. The medium pacer played a total of 33 IPL matches, picking 39 wickets.

Ravi Bopara – 33 runs

Ravi Bopara shares the record for conceding 33 runs in a single over with Awana, but did it much before him. Playing for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2010, Bopara was hit for 33 runs in a single over by Chris Gayle and overall conceded 43 runs in three overs Gayle scored 88 off 42 to help KKR post a target of 201, which Punjab gunned down in only 18.2 overs in the second innings. Mahela Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 110 off just 59 deliveries. Bopara, the only the second Sikh cricketer after Monty Panesar to play for England, played 24 matches in the IPL in which he picked 11 wickets.

Rahul Sharma – 31 runs

It was the 21st match of IPL 2012 and was played at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. Rahul Sharma, playing for the now-defunct Pune Warriors India (later known as Rising Pune Supergiants), conceded 35 runs in two overs, in one of which he leaked 31 runs. Pune, on the back of a half-century by Robin Uthappa, did a decent job to score 182 runs, but were not able to defend it due to poor bowling as RCB eventually went over the line. Rahul Sharma played 44 IPL matches, dismissing 40 batsmen.

Arjun Tendulkar and Yash Dayal – 31 runs 

In the match between Mumbai and Punjab Kings in IPL 2023, Arjun Tendulkar conceded 31 runs to Sam Curran and Harpreet Bhatia. Arjun and Gujarat Titans’ bowler Yash Dayal both had the unlucky record of bowling the most expensive over this season. Dayal faced a tough situation earlier when he gave away five sixes in a row to Rinku Singh from Kolkata Knight Riders, who needed 31 runs to win in the final over.

Dwayne Bravo – 30 runs

Dwayne Bravo conceded 30 runs in a single over in IPL 2016 against RCB. Playing for the Gujarat Lions, Bravo had an off day with the ball, leaking 46 runs in his three overs. This game is fondly remembered for the 226-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers which propelled RCB to a total of 248 for 3 in 20 overs. Not just Bravo, most of the Gujarat bowlers had a bad day in that game. In fact, Bravo was not the most expensive bowler on the day, it was Shivil Kaushik, who conceded 50 in three overs. There are 8 more bowlers who have conceded 30 runs in a single IPL over. Sam Curran, Sheldon Cottrell, Shivil Kaushik, Andrew Symonds, Johan van der Wath, Chris Jordan, Lungi Ngidi and Odean Smith. Let’s talk about a few of them in the remainder of our list.

Sam Curran – 30 runs

In the 15th match of IPL 2021, Pat Cummins clobbered CSK’s Sam Curran for 30 runs in a single over. Chasing 220 to win, KKR put up a good fight to finish their innings on 202, with Pat Cummins remaining unbeaten on 66 off 34. Curran leaked 58 runs in his four overs but fortunately for him, the off day came in a winning cause.

Sheldon Cottrell – 30 runs

It was the ninth match of IPL 2020, played in Sharjah between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals. Mayank Agarwal scored 106 off just 50 balls to power the Kings to a total of 223. And while not many thought that Rajasthan would be able to chase down a target as huge as that, they did it with three balls to spare. In the 18th over, Rahul Tewatia hit Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes which changed the course of the game. Cottrell ended his three-over spell after conceded 52 runs.

Andrew Symonds – 30 runs

This happened in the inaugural season of IPL in 2008 in the match between Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals. Delhi’s Virender Sehwag (94 off 41 balls) scored 30 runs off a Symonds over, hitting three fours and as many maximums. Chasing 214 to win, the Royals went over the line one ball to spare.

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Which is the most expensive 1 over in IPL history?

The most expensive over 1 over in IPL history is 37 runs conceded by two bowlers – Harshal Patel and Prashanth Parmeswaran.

Which is the most expensive over in IPL all time?

Two bowlers share the record for the most expensive over in IPL history. Prashanth Parmeswaran and Harshal Patel, both have conceded 37 runs.

Which is the most expensive over in ODI cricket history?

DLS van Bunge of Netherlands conceded 36 runs in one over when Herschelle Gibbs hit him for six sixes in 2007. This is the most expensive over in ODI cricket history.

Which is the most expensive over in Test cricket history?

South Africa’s RJ Peterso, England’s James Anderson and Joot Root share the record for bowling the most expensive over in Test cricket history. All three conceded 28 runs each.



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