Bowlers bowling no-balls regardless of the format of the game can be frustrating. The fielding team have to pay a heavy price for the same and they have on various occasions. It dawns upon the team, even more, when it arrives during a knockout game of an ICC tournament.
While being a hallmark, it is a stiff task for even the best of the bowlers to have their career without overstepping. However, there do exist a handful of bowlers who have stunningly spent without bowling a single no-ball. It is indeed shocking to think simultaneously no mean feat to have accomplished.
We take a glance at seven bowlers who have not bowled a single no-ball during their careers:-
Sir Ian Botham boasted incredible numbers as an all-rounder in Test cricket. Ian Botham was a modern-day Ben Stokes, possessing the capability to turn the match on its head with the bat and ball. The 1981 Ashes was specifically known as Botham’s Ashes for taking 39 wickets and accumulating 399 runs in six Ashes Tests.
During the cricketer-turned-commentator’s decorated career of 128 games across Tests and ODIs, he bowled more than 27000 balls. Botham took 383 Test and 145 ODI wickets, but never bowled a no-ball. Having made his international debut in 1976, Ian retired from the gentleman’s game in 1992.