The Best ODI Bowling Figures for India
India has played 990 ODIs so far. Though fans remember the batting performances which helped India win the matches, there are many bowling performances that have changed the course of the game away from opponents to India’s favour. Over the period of time, the Indian bowling department has been graced by the greats like Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Ajith Agarkar and many more. So who among all these has made it to the list for the best ODI bowling figures for India? Let’s find out.
List of the top 10 bowlers with the best ODI bowling figures for India:
- Stuart Binny (4.4 overs – 2 maidens – 4 runs – 6 wickets)
- Anil Kumble (6.1 overs – 2 maidens – 12 runs – 6 wickets)
- Ashish Nehra (10 overs – 2 maidens – 23 runs – 6 wickets)
- Kuldeep Yadav (10 overs – 0 maidens – 25 runs – 6 wickets)
- Murali Kartik (10 overs – 3 maidens – 27 runs – 6 wickets)
- Ajit Agarkar (9.3 overs – 1 maiden – 42 runs – 6 wickets)
- Yuzvendra Chahal (9.3 overs – 1 maiden – 42 runs – 6 wickets)
- Amit Mishra (8.5 overs – 0 maiden – 48 runs – 6 wickets)
- S Sreesanth (10 overs – 1 maiden – 55 runs – 6 wickets)
- Ashish Nehra (10 overs – 1 maiden – 59 runs – 6 wickets)
Five pacers and five spinners have made it to the list. Stuart Binny leads the pack with his impressive 6 wickets haul against Bangladesh. Ashish Nehra has claimed two spots. Who does not remember his match-winning 6 wickets for 23 runs against England in the ICC World Cup 2003? Murali Kartik is the only entry from the orthodox department. All others are leg spinners.
Let’s have a look at the list in more detail.
- 1. Stuart Binny (4.4 Overs – 2 Maidens – 4 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 2. Anil Kumble (6.1 Overs – 2 Maidens – 12 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 3. Ashish Nehra (10 Overs – 2 Maidens – 23 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 4. Kuldeep Yadav (10 Overs – 0 Maidens – 25 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 5. Murali Kartik (10 Overs – 3 Maidens – 27 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 6. Ajit Agarkar (9.3 Overs – 1 Maiden – 42 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 7. Yuzvendra Chahal (9.3 Overs – 1 Maiden – 42 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 8. Amit Mishra (8.5 Overs – 0 Maiden – 48 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 9. S Sreesanth (10 Overs – 1 Maiden – 55 Runs – 6 Wickets)
- 10. Ashish Nehra (10 Overs – 1 Maiden – 59 Runs – 6 Wickets)
1. Stuart Binny (4.4 Overs – 2 Maidens – 4 Runs – 6 Wickets)
Surprise! Surprise! You must have been bamboozled reading the name of the top entrant. Yeah. It is Stuart Binny indeed. Coming to bowl the 9th over of the 2nd innings against Bangladesh, Binny bowled a maiden first over to force then Indian captain Suresh Raina to continue. Binny broke the partnership between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun by taking Rahim’s wicket in his 2nd over. Soon Bangladeshi batsmen Mithun, Mohammadullah, Mortaza followed him in Binny’s 3rd and 4th overs. To put the cherry on top, Binny clean-bowled the Bangladeshi tail-enders Nasir Hossain and Al-Amin Hossain to claim 6 wickets for 4 runs in 4.4 overs, helping India win by 47 runs while defending a target of 106 in the rain-affected game.
2. Anil Kumble (6.1 Overs – 2 Maidens – 12 Runs – 6 Wickets)
It was the final of the Hero Cup 1993 between India and the West Indies. West Indies had already won the group stage game against India. Batting first, India set a target of 226 runs. Indian captain used Anil Kumble as a sixth bowler in the game when opponents were seating at 101 runs for 4 wickets. Kumble bowled Roland Holder to open his account. Within 22 runs West Indies got out on 123 runs and India won the game by 102 runs. Kumble clean-bowled 4 and trapped Carl Hooper in front of the stumps to end up taking 6 wickets for 12 runs in 6.1 overs. This was India’s leading wicket-taker’s one of the only two five-wicket hauls in his long career.
3. Ashish Nehra (10 Overs – 2 Maidens – 23 Runs – 6 Wickets)
Defending the target of 251 in the group stage game of the ICC World Cup 2003, Nehra came to bowl when English greats Michael Vaughn and Nasser Hussain were building a dangerous partnership. Nehra broke the top and middle order of the English team, taking wickets of Vaughn, Hussain, Alec Stewart, Collingwood, Craig White and Irani. He took 6 wickets for 23 runs in 10 overs which is still the best bowling performance by a bowler from India in a world cup. Add to it the fact that Nehra was injured during that performance and this performance was worth its worth in gold.
4. Kuldeep Yadav (10 Overs – 0 Maidens – 25 Runs – 6 Wickets)
Kuldeep Yadav was called by captain Virat Kohli when English openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow put a strong 71 runs on board in the first 10 overs. Yadav broke the partnership forcing Roy to hit in the air in his second ball of the game and then trapped Bairstow and Joe Root in front of the stumps. Yadav was brought back to bowl his second spell when Buttler and Stokes put a partnership of 93 runs in the middle order. Yadav outsmarted both of them to end up with 6 wickets for 25 runs in 10 overs. The best performance by an Indian bowler on English soil.
5. Murali Kartik (10 Overs – 3 Maidens – 27 Runs – 6 Wickets)
It was a Kartik day when India played Australia in the 7th ODI of the 2007 Australia tour of India. Bowling his second over, Kartik broke the dangerous partnership between Ponting and Brad Hodge. He even took care of Andrew Symonds in the next delivery. In his final spell, he took three wickets in an over including Haddin, Hogg and Lee. He finished his spell with 6 wickets for 27 runs with 3 maidens. Chasing 195, India needed 52 runs with two wickets in hand when he came to bat. He formed an unbeaten partnership with Zaheer Khan to help India win by 2 wickets.
6. Ajit Agarkar (9.3 Overs – 1 Maiden – 42 Runs – 6 Wickets)
In a game against Australia in the 1st ODI of the 2004 VB series, Agarkar took 6 wickets for 42 runs. It is still the best performance by any Indian bowler in Australia, later matched by Yuzvendra Chahal. Though India didn’t win the game, Agarkar went to the pavilion with the wickets of Aussie greats Gilchrist, Hayden, Symonds and Michael Clark.
7. Yuzvendra Chahal (9.3 Overs – 1 Maiden – 42 Runs – 6 Wickets)
In the 3rd and deciding ODI against Australia, Chahal took 6 wickets for 42 to help India win the match and hence the series. Chahal’s spell helped restrict the Aussies to 230 which India overcame easily with 7 wickets to spare. It was the only game Chahal played in this series and received the Man of the Match award.
8. Amit Mishra (8.5 Overs – 0 Maiden – 48 Runs – 6 Wickets)
In the 5th ODI of the series, Mishra tore apart Zimbabwe’s batting lineup by taking 6 wickets for 48 runs. This was Mishra’s first 5-wicket haul, helping India to whitewash the hosts in return. With this performance, India were able to restrict Zimbabwe for just 163 in about 40 overs and chased the target down in 34 overs with 7 wickets in hand.
9. S Sreesanth (10 Overs – 1 Maiden – 55 Runs – 6 Wickets)
In the 7th ODI of the England tour of India, Visitors were struck by Sreesanth storm in the final game. Bowling first, Indian pacer S Sreesanth took 6 wickets for 55 runs to help India win the series 5-1. This was Sreesanth’s only 5-wicket haul in the 53 matches he played for India.
10. Ashish Nehra (10 Overs – 1 Maiden – 59 Runs – 6 Wickets)
This is Ashish Nehra’s second entry in the list – the only player to do so. In the final of the Indian Oil Cup 2005, Nehra helped India to restrict the hosts, Sri Lanka, for 281. He took 6 wickets for 59 runs and was the only bowler who took wickets in the innings with the other being run-outs. However, India went on to lose this game by 18 runs.
Though many greats couldn’t get to be a part of the list, Indian bowlers have had many strong performances with the ball to help win crucial games. It seems like Stuart Binny’s record is unbeatable, but who knows. Fans were saying the same thing when Kumble took 6 wickets for 12. Just to recap, here’s a list of the top 10 best bowling performances for India.
Top bowling performances for India.
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