Top 5 Most Expensive Bowling Spells Of ODI Cricket
Bowling in the modern game of cricket has changed dramatically over the last few decades. The rise of T20 cricket has seen the importance of the yorkers, while batsmen have also become more attuned to the art of defending. ODI matches are often tense, high scoring affair and bowlers are required to take control flow of runs as well as halting scoring board by making breakthrough by taking wickets as regular intervals. The bowling spells are about power, accuracy, consistency and deception. They are about extracting every bit of talent from a bowler to create magic. Bowling spells are not about luck, they are about how much control a bowler has over their game!
To have a good bowling spell, one should be able to do the following: maintain a consistent line and length, bowl with confidence, and deceive the batsman with variations. Generally, the most expensive bowling spells are the ones that lack these qualities. It refers to the bowling spells that have cost hefty to the team in terms of the runs of the opponent. Here are the 5 most expensive spells of bowling in ODI cricket.
The Sri Lankan fast bowler, Nuwan Pradeep marked his name in the ODI history but for a record which he wouldn’t like to be remembered. In an ODI match in 2017 against India, Nuwan Pradeep ran into Rohit Sharma, who was on his way of creating a record of highest individual ODI score of 264 runs. It was a huge disappointment for Sri Lankan team as Rohit Sharma was dispatching the bowlers all over the park. Nuwan Pradeep’s bowling spell ended as the fifth most expensive ODI spell ever, he conceded 106 runs in a wicketless spell of ten overs quota. His bowling stats for the match were 10-0-106-0.
Known for his early breakthrough, the Indian bowler, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's bowling spell in an ODI match against South Africa in 2015 became one of the most expensive one ever by any Indian bowler. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar had to face the wrath of three big players, Quiton de Knock, AB de Villers and Faf du Plessis. All the three cricketers bagged their centuries with grace while the bowling spell gave Bhuvaneshwar his own century of runs conceded. The batsmen dismantled his bowling beyond recovery, the only silver lining was that he managed to get AB de Viller’s wicket in the 47th over. His bowling spell conceded 106 runs with 6 sixes and 12 fours. His spell ended like this 10-0-106-1.
Nicknamed the magician, Rashid Khan currently tops as the world's No. 1 T20I bowler who has earned his name around short spells led by consistent wickets. However, things turned out different at Afghanistan's World Cup match against England was a stunning outlier. Rashid Khan came up against a red-hot Eoin Morgan, who hit seven of his 17 sixes off his leg-breaks that day.
Afghanistan's spearhead was thrashed for 11 sixes and 3 fours in the most expensive ODI spell in a World Cup tournament ever. However, while Rashid Khan made a comeback with a streak of 1-38, but the scars of the Manchester game may not be easily forgotten. His final bowling stats were 9-0-110-1.
Wahab Riaz has been an achiever when it came to the white ball game, back in his days! But when things aren't going his way, he goes for runs in droves. Wahab Riaz has allowed over 85 runs, four times in his 89 ODIs. However, the highest was during the Pakistan v England game at Nottingham in 2016. England had a record-breaking run feast, blasting 444 in their 50 overs quota.
In a forgettable stretch, Wahab Riaz conceded up more than 40% of those runs, giving 12 fours and 4 sixes. He went for 24 runs in his last over alone, 18 of which came in the form of 3 sixes. He had a wicketless spell of 10-0-110-0.
While we’re sure the other bowlers in the list had a bad day, it was just that Mick Lewis had the most unfortunate of them all at the Johannesburg carnage. He bowled his entire quota, finishing with an economy of 11.3 overs (to give you a better insight on his performance, his List A economy stands at 4.91).
Surprisingly, his 21 dot balls were the second-best among the six Australian bowlers during the Australia v South Africa match, which took place at Johannesburg in 2006. His remaining 39 deliveries were hauled for 113 runs, including 13 fours and 4 sixes. As it turned out, he lost his Cricket Australia contract just two months after the spectacular game, and that fatal encounter was the last time he wore the yellow and green jersey for Australian national cricket team. His spell ended up like 10-0-113-0.