Most economical spells in huge totals November 29, 2006

The misers amid the carnage

After Anil Kumble conceded just 24 off ten overs as South Africa stacked up 274, the List looks at economical spells in high totals and profligate spells in low scores



Aasif Karim won the Man-of-the-Match award for his 3 for 7 off ten overs against Australia at Durban in 2003 © Getty Images

Justin Kemp bludgeoned India into submission in the third one-dayer at Cape Town. South Africa powered their way to 274 after being 76 for 6 after 19.2 overs. All the Indian bowlers got hammered. All but Anil Kumble, who conceded only 24 runs off ten overs. This week's List is about economical spells in huge totals and profligate spells in low totals.

Andrew Flintoff's 99 powered England to 307 runs in 50 overs against India at The Oval in 2004. Lakshmipathy Balaji got hammered for 77 off eight overs and Ajit Agarkar leaked 60 in six. However, Harbhajan Singh bowled an outstanding spell and took 2 for 14 off ten overs. His economy of 1.4 is the most economical in comparison to the overall run-rate for a ten over spell. He scored 41 with the bat too in India's chase.

An unexpected name on the list is Aasif Karim's and the bigger surprise is that his Scrooge-like performance came against Australia. Kenya had set Australia a modest target of 175 in the 2003 World Cup. Adam Gilchrist led Australia to victory at a canter in just the 32nd over. However, they weren't able to touch Karim who took 3 for 7 off 8.2 overs. In fact, he had only conceded three runs until Harvey hit the winning boundary off him.

Most economical economy rates in comparison to the overall run rate - ODIs (qualification: 30 balls)
Player Ov W/R Econ Opposition RR Season Diff Scorecard
SM Pollock (SA) 5.5 0/8 1.37 v NZ 254/5 6.68 2003/04 -5.31 ODI 2101
KG Duers (Zim) 6.0 1/17 2.83 v NZ 162/3 7.77 1991/92 -4.94 ODI 728
A Flintoff (Eng) 7.0 2/18 2.57 v SL 240/7 7.50 2002 -4.92 ODI 1850
AY Karim (Kenya) 8.2 3/7 0.84 v Aus 178/5 5.68 2002/03 -4.84 ODI 1990
Harbhajan Singh (India) 10.0 2/14 1.40 v Eng 307/5 6.14 2004 -4.73 ODI 2165
Imran Khan (Pak) 7.0 2/10 1.42 v SL 218/10 5.66 1981/82 -4.23 ODI 151
FH Edwards (WI) 10.0 0/23 2.30 v NZ 324/6 6.48 2005/06 -4.17 ODI 2342
CEL Ambrose (WI) 6.0 1/11 1.83 v SA 160/8 5.92 1998/99 -4.09 ODI 1390
WM Clark (Aus) 10.0 1/22 2.20 v WI 313/9 6.26 1977/78 -4.05 ODI 48
MA Suji (Kenya) 10.0 1/26 2.60 v India 329/2 6.58 1999 -3.97 ODI 1457

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    Do you remember Australia's Wayne Clark from the late 1970s? He made his his ODI debut against a formidable West Indies side at Antigua under Bob Simpson, who came out of a decade of retirement to lead a depleted Australian side during the Packer years. West Indies clocked 313 in 50 overs at Antigua but Clark had a creditable debut, taking 1 for 22 off ten overs when Desmond Haynes was wreaking havoc. However, the second ODI of the West Indies tour was his last and he played just one more Test against Pakistan at Melbourne.

    Stuart Clark is fast cementing his spot in the Australian Test team but in one-dayers his stats are not as impressive - an average of 33 and economy of 5.50. In the second match of the recent DLF Cup in Malaysia, West Indies smacked 87 runs off Clark's seven overs, an economy of 12.42 while West Indies scored at 5.76.

    Most expensive economy rates in comparison to the overall run rate - ODIs (qualification: 30 balls)
    Player Ov W/R Econ Opposition RR Season Diff Scorecard
    SR Clark (Aus) 7.0 0/87 12.42 v WI 273/7 5.76 2006/07 6.66 ODI 2417
    DW Steyn (SA) 5.0 1/58 11.60 v Aus 245/10 4.96 2005/06 6.63 ODI 2316
    SC Ganguly (India) 5.0 0/62 12.40 v Pak 316/6 6.32 1998 6.08 ODI 1352
    AB Agarkar (India) 5.0 0/52 10.40 v Pak 129/2 4.60 1998/99 5.79 ODI 1437
    AR Adams (NZ) 5.0 1/54 10.80 v Zim 252/7 5.04 2002/03 5.76 ODI 1984
    HT Davis (NZ) 5.0 0/54 10.80 v India 221/2 5.20 1997 5.60 ODI 1206
    JH Kallis (SA) 5.0 0/52 10.40 v NZ 256/9 5.12 2000/01 5.28 ODI 1655
    GRJ Matthews (Aus) 5.0 0/54 10.80 v India 242/7 5.56 1986/87 5.23 ODI 393
    JH Kallis (SA) 5.0 0/50 10.00 v Pak 228/10 4.78 1997/98 5.21 ODI 1303
    SI Mahmood (Eng) 7.0 2/80 11.42 v SL 319/8 6.38 2006 5.04 ODI 2385

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    Here's another obscure name from the 1980s: England's Greg Thomas, a genuinely fast bowler dogged by injury, played just five Tests for England, the first four of which were during a 0-5 drubbing in West Indies. In his last Test of the tour, Thomas got hit for 101 off 15 overs out of a total of 312 (run-rate 3.27). He was dropped for the final Test and played just one more against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 1986.

    Most expensive economy rates in comparison to the overall run rate - Tests (qualification: 90 balls)
    Player Ov W/R Econ Opposition RR Season Diff Scorecard
    JG Thomas (Eng) 15.0 0/101 6.73 v WI 312/10 3.46 1985/86 3.27 Test 1044
    JN Gillespie (Aus) 15.2 5/88 5.73 v Eng 191/10 2.71 1998/99 3.02 Test 1431
    RGD Willis (Eng) 18.0 2/123 6.83 v WI 302/10 4.09 1984 2.74 Test 991
    MG Hughes (Aus) 15.0 0/86 5.73 v WI 369/10 3.03 1988/89 2.70 Test 1114
    AM Blignaut (Zim) 16.0 2/92 5.75 v WI 347/10 3.11 2001 2.63 Test 1553
    Asif Masood (Pak) 12.0x8 2/100 6.25 v Aus 425/10 3.63 1972/73 2.61 Test 705
    CRD Fernando (SL) 16.0 1/107 6.68 v SA 378/10 4.13 2000/01 2.55 Test 1529
    JB Stollmeyer (WI) 15.0 2/80 5.33 v India 454/10 2.86 1948/49 2.47 Test 304
    JE Emburey (Eng) 16.0 2/95 5.93 v WI 448/9 3.46 1988 2.46 Test 1098
    CK Langeveldt (SA) 17.0 1/100 5.88 v Aus 258/10 3.42 2005/06 2.45 Test 1777

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    Travis Basevi is the man who built Statsguru. George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo