ODI bowling nominees

Saeed strikes, Mitch monsters

Saeed strikes, Mitch monsters

Seamers, swingers, spinners and out and out speed demons - all in the ODI bowling shortlist
Abhishek Purohit January 9, 2014

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Saeed Ajmal
5 for 24 v India

third ODI, Delhi
Ajmal's five-wicket haul was the best performance by a Pakistan spinner in India. He displayed his full range, getting his first three wickets leg-before with different types of deliveries. Suresh Raina was trapped with a flighted one, R Ashwin went back to a quicker ball, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had no clue about a doosra. Ravindra Jadeja found out how hard it was to hit out against Ajmal, holing out to long-on to give the bowler his fifth.

ODI bowling: Saeed Ajmal, 5 for 24 v India

Nuwan Kulasekara
5 for 22 v Australia

third ODI, Brisbane
High-quality inswing bowling from Kulasekara sent Australia plummeting to 74 all out, the lateness of the movement making him almost unplayable. The deliveries that bowled Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques began about a metre outside off stump, and only began to move when the batsmen were already committed to the stroke. George Bailey offered no stroke first ball to a delivery he believed to be passing safely outside off stump, but it swerved in to strike him plumb in front.

ODI bowling: Nuwan Kulasekara, 5 for 22 v Australia

Ravindra Jadeja
5 for 36 v West Indies

Champions Trophy, The Oval
When Jadeja was brought on in this Champions Trophy match, West Indies had marched to 92 for 1 in 17 overs, and Johnson Charles was timing everything he hit. India were staring at a big chase, but Jadeja turned the game. Some spun and some didn't. Most were headed for the stumps, but at different speeds. Five of them got wickets, two lbws, including Charles, and one bowled. West Indies went from 103 for 1 to 182 for 9, and India into the semi-final.

ODI bowling: Ravindra Jadeja, 5 for 36 v West Indies

Shahid Afridi
7 for 12 v West Indies

first ODI, Georgetown
This had to be one of the great all-round performances in ODIs. Having taken no wickets in six previous ODIs, Afridi quashed all doubts about his bowling with the second best one-day figures of all time. After pulverising 76 runs off 55 balls, he was brought on only as the sixth bowler, but there was no stopping him. His mix of legspinners, quick sliders, the occasional googly and even the odd offbreak proved too much for West Indies, who went from 41 for 3 to 98 all out.

ODI bowling: Shahid Afridi, 7 for 12 v West Indies

Lonwabo Tsotsobe
4 for 22 v Sri Lanka

third ODI, Pallekele
Tsotsobe kept a struggling South Africa alive in the series, helping them beat Sri Lanka at home for the first time in close to 20 years. He took three early wickets in a six-over spell in which he extracted bounce and produced seam movement. Tillakaratne Dilshan spooned a catch to cover, Kumar Sangakkara chased one that moved away, and Upul Tharanga, undone by Tsotsobe's bounce, edged to slip. Sri Lanka were 16 for 3, and South Africa were in control for the first time in the series.

ODI bowling: Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 4 for 22 v Sri Lanka

Mitchell Johnson
4 for 46 v India

third ODI, Mohali
Australia and India scored 3596 runs in 11 innings over six games in this series. Even in conditions so cruel for bowlers, Johnson roughed up the Indians twice with pace and bounce, prompting Sachin Tendulkar, at his retirement press conference, to predict that the fast bowler would be a factor in the Ashes. In Mohali, Johnson reduced India to 154 for 6. Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja fell to short deliveries, while Yuvraj Singh went first ball, fishing at one that left him from back of a length.

ODI bowling: Mitchell Johnson, 4 for 46 v India

Rubel Hossain
6 for 26 v New Zealand

first ODI, Mirpur
Rubel became only the second Bangladeshi, after Mashrafe Mortaza, to take six wickets in an ODI, his hat-trick turning the game on its head. New Zealand needed 86 off 60 with seven wickets remaining when Rubel, having already dismissed Ross Taylor, began his third over. Corey Anderson, who had swung four sixes, missed a slog at a slower one. Brendon McCullum sliced the next delivery to backward point, and James Neesham was strangled down the leg side off the hat-trick ball. Fittingly, Mashrafe caught Grant Elliott to end the game and give Rubel his sixth.

ODI bowling: Rubel Hossain, 6 for 26 v New Zealand

Dale Steyn
6 for 39 v Pakistan

second ODI, Port Elizabeth
Bowling like the poison-tipped spearhead he is, Steyn took six wickets with little support from the other end. He bowled Nasir Jamshed fifth ball with a full one and claimed Mohammad Hafeez for the 15th time in 28 innings with a short one that was nicked behind. Steyn then came back to puncture Pakistan at the end and claim his best ODI figures. South Africa, however, lost by one run.

ODI bowling: Dale Steyn, 6 for 39 v Pakistan

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Posted by   on (March 14, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

it will be afridi. 7 wickets for ver less runs

Posted by kashifkhaira on (January 30, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

SHAHID AFRIDI, best bowling I have seen against WEST INDIES

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Shahid Afridi no doubt about it

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

AN Automatic choice for the one day bowling performance Shahid Afridi 7 for 12 v West Indies first ODI, Georgetown. This had to be one of the great all-round performances in ODIs. Having taken no wickets in six previous ODIs, Afridi quashed all doubts about his bowling with the second best one-day figures of all time. After pulverising 76 runs off 55 balls, he was brought on only as the sixth bowler, but there was no stopping him. His mix of legspinners, quick sliders, the occasional googly and even the odd offbreak proved too much for West Indies, who went from 41 for 3 to 98 all out.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

It should be Rabindra Jadeja, because he is Indian

Posted by   on (January 27, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Shahid Afridi for sure bcz the second best figure in odi's

Posted by   on (January 27, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

it should be given to afridi without any doubt, 2nd best bowling figuresof all time.

Posted by thesuraaz on (January 26, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

undoubtfully shahid afridi's 7 for12 is the best bowling figure,and according to his performance in this match,all the nominees stands nowhere,thats supercool..isnt it ;)

Posted by Arshadpk on (January 26, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

It should go to Afridi without any doubt

Posted by pk.khanna on (January 26, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

There is no doubt in this, it should be Shahid Afridi for his great performance (7-12). It was one of the best all-round performance.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Absolutely Best Performance by afridi..Award Should Give To Him.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

That's surely the award for Afridi,BOOM BOOM

Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

Shahid Afridi. Because he has always been a match winning player. He also holds the record of maximum sixes.

Posted by eng.malik on (January 24, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

Ravindra Jadeja. Because that performance was in Continent and in Champions Trophy too and India was under pressure as W.I score 97-1 in 17 overs when Jadeja came to attack.

Posted by Naveed_Pak on (January 23, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

There is no competition, It should go to Afridi without any doubt. Second best ODI bowling figures.

Posted by ISMAIL1987 on (January 22, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

1ST Nuwan Kulasekara FOR WICKET OF MJ Clarke, GJ Bailey, PJ Hughes, DJ Hussey, MC Henriques IN TEN OVER ECOMANY RATE ONLY 2.20, TWO MADIAN, FIVE WICKETS, IN Australia, AGAINST Australia, 2ND Lonwabo Tsotsobe FOR 1 OVER IN 2 WICKETS OF TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara AND IMPORTES WICKETS OF CAPTAIN AD Mathews, U Tharanga WITH THE ECOMANY RATE OF 3.14 WITH 2 MADIAN

Posted by sunny_227 on (January 22, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

Definitley AFridi and Ajmal

Posted by   on (January 22, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

Shahid Khan Afridi's 7-12

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Has to be Afridi hands down. This performance basically lifted him and now he is a regular in limited overs. Then it would be Rubel 6-26 as he basically saved Bangladesh and got a hattrick. Finally Kulasekara who is a very good bowler but is underrated!

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Boom boom should be winner 7-12. Awesome job. There should also be category of best all rounder performance as well... :)

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

Only Shahid Bhai deserve the award

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

One and only Boom Boom Afridi. He is true fighter and took 7 wickets against west ind.My vote for Afridi..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Afridi Because look at the figures it's very hard to take 7 wickets for just 12 runs so my vote for afridi

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

Afridi all the way... the figures say it all themselves. It's time people should stop taking him for granted. His career has gone through rough patches, I agree, but they have witnessed a moment of brilliance every now and then as well. Whether he wins or not, I don't have any doubt regarding what his biography in Cricinfo says, "cricket never has and never will see another like him."

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Shahid afridi, made strong come back...

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

One and only, millions heart bit Boom Boom Afridi .

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

no doubt its BOOM BOOM Afridi, perhaps the only all rounder is history of cricket to achieve this feat two times my vote goes to AFRIDI

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 22:08 GMT)

Afridi only ! His bowling is enough to break important partnerships and when it is needed by the team .

Posted by W.I.Prasad on (January 17, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

Nuwan Kulasekara...High Quality Inswing Bowler in sri lanka...Aussis Best batting line up All out 74..best contribution kula in sri lankan face attack..

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

afridi nd hossain

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

afridi s winner 7 wickets against west ind

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

Boom Boom Shahid khan Afridi

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

kulasekara's 5/22 is best.. given the Australian batting line up in their home conditions..

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

One and only ==========>>>>>>>>> The great Shahid Khan Afridi...........

Posted by joshofali on (January 16, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

Shahid Afridi..... 7-12!!!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

over all Shahid Afridi was best in 2013, 12-7 so just boom boom

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

Shaid Afridi's Performence against the WI was awesome... Boom Boom must be winner

Posted by bipul_bd on (January 16, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

Rubel Hossain 6 for 26 v New Zealand with Hattrick

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 2:37 GMT)

100 percent sure the one and only Shahid afridi

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 2:24 GMT)

I think Shahid Afridi and after that its Rubel Hossain

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

I think there is a clear winner, unless no bias. 2nd best bowling figures in the history of ODI cricket.

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (January 15, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Dale Steyn against pakistan

Posted by saari63 on (January 15, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

boom boom should be winner

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

shahid afridi....boom boom

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Shahid Afridi's 7-12 performance was best in 2013

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

shahid afridi boom boom was best in 2013

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

Shahid Afridi's 7-12 performance was best in 2013

Posted by kittoo50 on (January 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

Shahid Afridi`s bowling 7 for 12 was the best from rest.

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