Ask todays bowlers how tough it is to bowl to the best batsmen in the world on a regular basis. While taking wickets is the ultimate goal for any bowler, whether spinner or pacer, it is their economy which mostly ends up deciding how long they will stay in their respective teams.
Today, we are not going to talk about wickets, but about 5 bowlers who bowled the most economical spells in One Day International history.
5. Wasim Akram – 0.54 RPO
In a crunch Champions Trophy clash at Sharjah in 1986, Wasim Akram bowled an unforgettable spell against arch-rivals India. The left-arm seamer conceded only four runs in his 7 overs. During that extraordinary spell, the Sultan of Swing bowled 4 maidens while picking up two lower-order wickets to make it a perfect outing for him. Pakistan ended up beating India by 3 wickets.
4. Courtney Walsh – 0.50 RPO
In the first ever match of the Champions Trophy in 1999, West Indies kicked off on a high note with a handsome win against. The Caribbean bowling was inspired by the brilliance of Courtney Walsh, who delivered one of the most economical spells of all time. In his 10 overs, Walsh bowled a whopping 5 maiden overs while conceding only 5 runs. The legendary pacer also claimed the prized scalp of Lankan captain Jayasuriya.
3. Bishan Singh Bedi – 0.50 RPO
India’s first-ever win in a World Cup tournament came against East Africa in 1975, with Bishan Singh Bedi bowling one of the most economical ODI spells ever. In his 12-over spell, Bedi bowled a total of 8 maidens conceding just six runs.
Bedi’s bowing display asserted such dominance on the Africans who got bowled out for a meagre 120 inside 56 overs. India ended up winning the contest by a whopping margin of 10 wickets to record their first-ever win in a World Cup tournament.
2. Dermot Reeve – 0.40 RPO
In a rain-shortened game between England and Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup, The Men in Green batted first but could only manage to post a shocking 74 runs. It was courtesy of a stunning bowling display from the English seamers who saw assumed a vice-like grip on the Pakistani batsmen throughout.
Dermot Reeve, who only bowled five overs in the entire innings, returned with outstanding figures of 1/2 in his entire spell. He conceded only two runs and took great advantage of the pressure already built by the other bowlers during the Pakistan batting.
1. Phil Simmons – 0.30 RPO
Former West Indian bowler, Phil Simmons bowled a dream spell against Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup in Australia. Defending a low total of 214, Simmons opened the attack for Men in Maroon in the 2nd innings. The right-arm pacer didn’t allow Pakistani batsman to score nearly anything of his 10-over spell.
He conceded a mere three runs in his entire quota of 10 overs and picked up four crucial wickets to play an important role in West Indies’ emphatic win over Pakistan. The opposition was bundled out for paltry score of 81.