ODI cricket is no longer the slow format. Post inception of T20 cricket, the 50-over contest demands acceleration apart from anchoring, In the 90s and early 20s, there was help for the bowlers on the wicket but nowadays it’s mostly batting-friendly flat wickets. A bowler always wishes to have respectful records in their name but sometimes the batters become ruthless and smack bowlers like there is no tomorrow. Let’s find out the bowlers with the worst bowling figures in ODI which has 52 years rich history.
Worst Bowling Figures in ODI
Detailed List of Worst Bowling Figures in ODI as follows –
Bas De Leede
The top all-rounder of the Netherlands, Bas De Leede made the unwanted record of the worst bowling figure in ODI history in the 2023 World Cup against the mighty Australian batting unit. In the beginning, opener David Warner smashed a few boundaries against him, however, Maxwell destroyed him in the death overs mercilessly, including 28 runs in his 10th over. The right-arm seamer finished his spell with 2/115, taking Labuschagne and Inglish’s wicket.
Mick Lewis, an Australian right-arm seamer had a 7-match career in the One Day format and holds the embarrassing record for the 2nd worst bowling figure in ODIs. He leaked 113 runs without any wickets during the 5th ODI against South Africa in Centurion in 2006. While chasing a mammoth target of 435 runs, Graeme Smith, Herchells Gibbs, and Mark Boucher hammered him mercilessly. Eventually, South Africa won the match by 1 wicket and 1 ball to spare.
The main spinner of the current Australian setup, Adam Zampa recently equaled the record of the worst bowling figure in the ODIs with 113/0 against South Africa in Centurion in the 4th ODI of Australia tour of South Africa 2023. Zampa had a day to forget as he conceded 9 sixes and 8 fours. The dangerous duo of David Miller and Henrich Klassen who also scored a 57-ball ton smashed him for 26 runs in his last allocated over. The robust power-hitting from Proteas’ middle-order batters aided them in posting 416 runs on board.
One of the quickest bowlers of his era, Pakistani bowler Wahasb Riaz was prominent for his knack for taking wickets however, the strong English batting unit in 2016 toyed with him in Nottingham. And regardless of his line and length, they beat him for 12 fours and 4 sixes here and there. Riding on their aggressive knocks, the hosts piled up 444 runs in 50 overs in the match.
Afghan spin wizard Rashid Khan is considered one of the toughest bowlers to attack but when destiny has its say no one can deny anything from occurring. The leggie’s unluckiest day came in a group stage match of the 2019 World Cup in Manchester. Amid the rampage innings (148 off 71) of English skipper Eoin Morgan who annihilated the whole Afghan team, the young spinner gave away 110 runs in 9 overs without getting any scalp.
An inexperienced young leg spinner from Holland became the victim of England’s brutal batting in their 2022 tour of the Netherlands. All the swashbuckling batsmen in the form of Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler, and Liam Livingstone treated the hosts like club bowlers, and among all, they targeted Boissevain to destroy him mentally, making his bowling figure to 0/108.
List of Worst Bowling Figures in ODI
|Bas De Leede (NED)||2/115||Australia||2023||Delhi|
|Mick Lewis (AUS)||0/113||South Africa||2006||Centurion|
|Adam Zampa (AUS)||0/113||South Africa||2023||Centurion|
|Wahab Riaz (PAK)||0/110||England||2016||Nottingham|
|Rashid Khan (AFG)||0/110||England||2019||Manchester|
|Philippe Boissevain (NED)||0/108||England||2022||Amstelveen|
|Bhuvneshwar Kumar (IND)||1/106||South Africa||2015||Wankhede|
|Nuwan Pradeep (SL)||0/106||India||2017||Mohali|
|Martin Snedden (NZ)||2/105||England||1983||Oval|
|Tim Southee (NZ)||0/105||India||2009||Christchurch|
|Brian Vitori (ZIM)||1/105||New Zealand||2012||Napier|
Bas De Leede has the worst bowling figures in ODIs (2/115).
Among Indian cricketers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the worst bowling figure in ODIs (1/106 against SA).
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