But you have to feel for the bowlers. The helplessness that the bowlers face in the batsmen dominated format has been evident on numerous occasions.
TimesofInida.com here takes a look at bowlers who have conceded most runs in an innings in the IPL:
Basil Thampi (SRH) – 4 overs for 70 runs, no wickets vs RCB in 2018
One of the worst nightmares as a bowler came true for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Basil Thampi on May 17, 2018 when it looked like the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen went after him with everything they had. It was certainly a day to forget for the medium pacer from Kerala. Thampi in that match conceded 70 runs in his quota of four overs, at an economy rate of 17.50 and that too without taking a single wicket. The Kerala pacer just couldn’t get it right that day, as the likes of AB de Villiers (69 off 39), Moeen Ali (65 off 34) and Colin de Grandhomme (40 off 17) sent the Sunrisers Hyderabad fielders on a leather hunt at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Most of the SRH bowlers went for plenty of runs that day, but the worst hit by the RCB batsmen was Thampi, who conceded 5 fours and 6 sixes during his 24-ball spell. The unimpressive performance by SRH bowlers, especially Thampi helped RCB post 218 for 6 in that match which they eventually went on to win by 14 runs. Thampi’s figures of 4-0-70-0 in that match are the worst ever bowling figures in the history of the IPL.
Ishant Sharma (SRH) – 4 overs for 66 runs, no wickets vs CSK in 2013
The world has seen Ishant Sharma 2.0 in the past couple of years where he has once again emerged as India’s leading pacer in Test cricket. But the lanky pacer can still be seen missing from white-ball cricket. Perhaps one yardstick which the selectors have followed is his performances in the IPL, which have been below par. Not managing wickets and going for plenty has been Ishant’s weaknesses in the shortest format. And one such incident that dented his white-ball prospects was his spell for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Chennai Super Kings back in 2013 where he was taken to the cleaners by the CSK batsmen. The likes of Mike Hussey (67 off 42) and Suresh Raina (99* off 52) just went after Ishant, all guns blazing, as Ishant conceded 66 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Ishant, in that game, had lost control so much that in one of the overs, Raina collected 22 runs in boundaries in one over (25-runs – 16th over of the innings). Apart from Dale Steyn, all SRH bowlers suffered the wrath of Raina and Hussey, but the worst hit was Ishant, who gave away 6 fours and 5 sixes in his 24-ball quota. With an economy rate of 16.50, Ishant was the most expensive in that match as CSK scored 223/3 and eventually went on to win that match by 77 runs.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Kings XI) – 4 overs for 66 runs, no wickets vs SRH in 2019
19 year old Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who plays for Kings XI Punjab has been one of the great finds of the IPL. The young offie from Afghanistan has often troubled the batsmen with his precise line and length and variations. But, like everyone else, he too has had bad days at the office. One such instance was last year’s IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, where Mujeeb just had a very bad day and went for 66 runs in his quota of four overs. With Mujeeb mostly bowling with the new ball, on April 29 2019, the decision to make Mujeeb bowl upfront backfired, as he was taken apart by the SRH top order batsmen. Even when he came back on in the second half, Mujeeb was not spared as he just lost control of the ball that day. With five fours and four sixes, Mujeeb against SRH conceded runs at an economy rate of 16.50, which is among the worst bowling performances in the IPL. KXIP eventually went on to lose that match by 44 runs.
Umesh Yadav (DD) – 4 overs for 65 runs, no wickets vs RCB in 2013)
Indian pacer Umesh Yadav has been one of the bowlers who more often than not has not been able to perform up to his potential in the IPL. One really bad outing for Umesh, when he was playing for Delhi Daredevils was against Royal Challengers Bangalore back in 2013. Umesh in that match emerged as the weakest link in the Delhi bowling unit, as he conceded 65 runs in his four-over spell. His below par showing had a big impact, especially since Delhi ended up losing that match by just 4 runs. In the total of 183/4, Umesh ended up giving 65 runs at a poor economy rate of 16.25 also giving away 5 fours and equal number of sixes. The opposition that day targeted Umesh and that went pretty well for them as Umesh was just not able to control the ball coming out of his hand. Even in the last over of the RCB innings bowled by Umesh, he conceded 22 runs before Virat Kohli was run out on 99 off the final ball.
Sandeep Sharma (Kings XI) – 4 overs for 65 runs, 1 wicket vs SRH in 2014
Medium pacer Sandeep Sharma is known for his smart bowling. Not in the express pace category, Sandeep still has been a very skillful bowler, who has made the most of what he has got in his armoury. But even then Sandeep has had a few bad days in his IPL career and one such instance was in the 2014 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he went for 65 runs in his four overs. Taken apart by the likes of Shikhar Dhawan (45 off 37), Naman Ojha (79* off 36) and David Warner (44 off 23), Sandeep that day conceded 8 fours and 3 sixes, along with bowling three no balls to provide free hits to the opposition batsmen. Although, Sandeep eventually ended up with the consolation wicket of Moises Henriques (first-ball duck), his figures of 4 overs for 65 runs and 1 wicket are among the worst in IPL history.