The best bowling performances in ODI cricket are those phenomenal performances by some of the best bowlers in the world who led their teams to victory single handedly. Here are some of the best bowling Performances in ODI cricket.
The Best Bowling Performances in ODI Cricket
Sri Lankan premier fast bowler Chamainda Vaas holds the world record of best bowling figures in ODIs. Vaas took 8 wickets for 19 runs in his 8 overs spell against Zimbabwe in Colombo on 8th December 2001. Chaminda Vaas also took a hat trick with the wickets of Carlisle, Wishart and Taibu. It was the opening match of LG Abans Triangular Series. Sri Lankan captain won the toss and chose to field. Zimbabwe batting line did not sustain the deadliest bowling of Chaminda Vaas. The whole Zimbabwean team were all-out for just 38 runs in 15.4 overs. Only one player could enter into double figures (SV Carlisle 16 not out) Vaas took 8 wickets for 19 runs in his 8 overs. That was the lowest total in the history of ODIs. In reply Sri Lanka chased the target for the loss of 1 wicket in 4.2 overs. It took just 21 minutes; the fastest One Day Internationals victory.
Shahid Afridi 7/12
Pakistani star all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi gave one of the best bowling performances in ODI cricket on 14 July 2013 at Providence Stadium against West Indies. Afridi gave his best performance, he took 7 wickets for just 12 runs in 9 overs; one of the best bowling figures in One Day Internationals.
Glenn McGrath 7/15
Australian legend fast-bowler Glenn McGrath’s performance against Namibia in 2003 world cup is one of the best bowling performances in ODIs history. McGrath ripped through Namibia’s batting order to lead the Australia to a record 256-run victory. That was the biggest ever winning margin in the history of the World Cup. The pacer completed bowling figures of seven for 15 – the best ever at the tournament – helping to bowl out Namibia for 45 in just 14 overs.
Andy Bichel 7/20
Another best bowling performance by Australian bowler is Andy Bichel seven for 20. Just three days after his countryman Glenn McGrath destroyed Namibia with 7-15, Australia’s Andy Bichel ruined England with an astonishing all-round display, claiming 7-20 before hitting a match-winning 34 not out off 36 balls at number 10. AJ Bichel’s 7/20 is the best bowling against England in ODIs and one of the best bowling performances in ODI cricket.
Muttiah Muralitharan 7/30
The great- spinner and the highest wicket-taker in the history of ODIs Muttiah Muralitharan currently owns the 5th best bowling figure in ODI cricket history.
On 27th October 2000, Muralitharan created the history by taking 7 wickets against India at Sharjah. In 10 overs, Muralitharan gave just 30 runs taking 7 wickets, which also included 1 maiden over.
Tim Southee 7/33
The Kiwis swinger Tim Southee ruined England in a 2015 world cup match on 20th Feb 2015. He claimed 7/33 in his heroic bowling performance. Southee produced one of the great fast bowling spells to take seven for 33 as England were bowled out for 123 in Wellington.
Waqar Younis 7/36
One of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Waqar Younis delivered one of the best bowling performances in ODI cricket. On 17th Jun 2001, Waqar demolished England batting lineup by taking 7 wickets at Leeds. In 10 overs, he gave just 36 runs for 7 wickets, without any maiden overs.
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Aaqib Javed 7/37
Another 7 wickets haul by former Pakistani pacer Aaqib Javed. Aaqib created the history by taking 7 wickets against epic rival India at Sharjah on 25th October1991. In his 10 overs, Aaqib gave just 37 runs taking 7 wickets, which includes 1 maiden over also.
Winston Davis 7/51
Former West Indies Fast Bowler Winston Davis also delivered best bowling figure in ODIs on 11th Jun 1983 against Australia in Leeds. His 7 wickets for 51 runs is one of the best bowling performances in ODI cricket. In 10.3 overs, Davis gave 51 runs taking 7 wickets, without any maiden overs.