It is a done thing that captains always introduce bowlers into the attack for taking a wicket, especially in ODIs. It is only by picking wickets that a team can restrict any opposition to as minimum total as possible. Yet, the economy rate of a bowler plays as crucial a role as wickets, if not more.
Over the years, many top-notch ODI bowlers have delivered some miserly bowlers against some reputed batting line-ups. While wickets have not arrived, they made life difficult for the batsmen and allowed them not to lose focus. On the other hand, bowling like it consistently facilitated the rest of the bowlers to make inroads from the other end.
We take a look at the top five best bowling figures in an ODI without a wicket. We chose match-winning bowling figures with at least seven overs of bowling by the bowlers:
Sir Richard Hadlee – 9-4-12-0:
Sir Richard Hadlee was arguably one of the greatest all-rounders during his playing days. Hadlee was also the catalyst to New Zealand’s rise in world cricket. As an all-rounder, his greatest achievement was leading the Kiwis to their first and only Test series victory in Australia till date.
Meanwhile, he recorded his bowling figures of 9-4-12-0 against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1988. From the other end, Ewen Chatfield’s four-wicket burst helped New Zealand skittle Sri Lanka for 174 in 48.2 overs. The 69-year old boasted of an economy rate of 1.33.
Later, the Black Caps gunned down the total of 175 with four wickets and eight balls to spare. Hence, the Canterbury-born’s enterprising bowling spell, consisting of four maidens played a crucial role.