Jasprit Bumrah picked up a six-fer against England in the first ODI at Oval. He was absolutely ruthless and displayed a masterclass against a full-strength England batting line-up. One Day Internationals (ODIs) are usually a tricky format for bowlers. It’s difficult to take wickets in a bunch in ODIs. Taking a Fifer in One Day International is a rare achievement.
Very few bowlers for India in ODI cricket have grabbed more than five wickets. It’s never easy to take a Fifer in ODI cricket. There are some ruthless spells by Indian bowlers which have been etched in the memory of cricket fans.
Here are the Top 5 best bowling figures by Indian bowlers in ODIs:
1. Stuart Binny (6/4)
Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny has the record of best bowling figures by any Indian bowler in One Day Internationals. Binny took six wickets and gave away just 4 runs against Bangladesh in 2014. India successfully defended the small total of 105 runs and won the match by 47 runs.
Not many cricket fans would have thought that Binny would hold the record of best bowling figures. Binny took the crucial wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, and Nasir Hossain. Stuart Binny bowled two maiden overs in his spell of 4.4 overs. However, Binny couldn’t replicate such performances further in his career.
2. Anil Kumble (6/12)
Former Indian captain Anil Kumble is in the second position on this list. Kumble registered bowling figures of 12 runs for six wickets against West Indies in 1993. Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata was the historical ground where Kumble bowled this amazing spell.
Kumble bowled two maiden overs in his spell of 6.1 overs. With the help of this brilliant spell of Kumble, the Indian team won the match by 102 runs while defending the target of 226 runs. Anil Kumble is also the top wicket-taker for the Indian team in the history of ODI cricket.
3. Jasprit Bumrah (6/19)
Indian superstar pacer Jasprit Bumrah was his best in the first ODI against England at the Oval. He made full use of the green pitch and overcast conditions. He scalped six wickets and gave away just 19 runs in 7.2 overs. It helped the Indian team restrict England to 110 runs.
Bumrah picked crucial wickets of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Liam Livingstone. England batsman didn’t have any answers for Bumrah. Indian team eventually won the match by 10 wickets. Bumrah was awarded the Player of the Match award for his brilliant bowling performance.
4. Ashish Nehra (6/23)
Ashish Nehra’s performance against England in World Cup 2003 is one of the best bowling performances by an Indian bowler in ODIs. Nehra scalped six wickets of the England team and gave away just 23 runs against England in World Cup 2003. It helped India win the match by 82 runs.
Earlier Nehra wasn’t supposed to play the match due to injury, but the left-arm pacer decided to give his everything for the Indian team. The former cricketer picked the crucial wickets of Michael Vaughan, Naseer Hussain, Alex Stewart and Paul Collingwood. Nehra helped India defend the target of 251 runs and gain two crucial points in ODI WC 2003.
5. Kuldeep Yadav (6/25)
Kuldeep Yadav ran through the England batting line-up in the first ODI of their England tour in 2018. Kuldeep grabbed six wickets and gave just 25 runs in his spell of 10 overs against England. Kuldeep is a chinaman bowler, which is a rare breed in international cricket and England batsmen didn’t have any clue of Kuldeep Yadav.
When Kuldeep came to bowl, England was in a dominating position after scoring 70 runs in powerplay without loss of any wicket. But Kuldeep Yadav completely damaged the top order of England. It helped the Indian team restrict England to 268 runs. The Men in Blue comfortably won the match by eight Wickets.