A file photo of Mohammad Irfan. Photograph:( AFP )
Pakistani pacer Mohammad Irfan created history as he bowled 23 consecutive dot balls to register the most economical figures in T20 cricket.
While playing for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Irfan finished with figures of 4-3-1-2 but was unable to guide his team to victory against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Irfan also picked up two wickets of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis and conceded just one run from his four overs in Bridgetown.
The batsman scored a run off his 24th ball and final delivery of his fourth over.
This record was previously shared by South Africa’s Chris Morris and Sri Lanka’s Chanaka Welegedara with an economy rate of 0.5 per over while Irfan’s economy rate of 0.25 was better than the duo.
Morris notched up figures of 4-3-2-2 for the Cape Cobras in South Africa’s Ram Slam in November 2014 while Chanaka Welegedara’s numbers were 4-2-2-4 for Tamil Union in Sri Lanka during April 2015.
Despite Irfan’s superb bowling spell, the Tridents were not able to get over the line and suffered their second defeat in four matches of this year’s CPL.
Patriots captain Chris Gayle won the toss and asked the Jason Holder-led Tridents to bat first.
The home side managed 147 runs for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs.