Many a times, they have won matches single-handedly. But, quite a few times, they failed. But, their attempt is ever-inspiring. Notwithstanding the outcomes of the matches, they have always delivered when their Motherland wanted them the most. Here is a list of 10 such best bowling figures by the Indians in ODIs:-

Ravi Shastri – The tall and handsome hunk of India proved his mettle at Perth in 1991 against the much coveted Australian side. Shastri took 5 wickets in exchange of just 15 runs. All it cost was just 6.5 overs and the Australian side to collapse within 101 runs in front of the Indian total of 208 runs.

Sunil Joshi – Sunil Josh was the golden man of the moment, as he took 5 wickets for the exchange of just 6 runs in all his 10 over period. Joshi compelled the Protean side to break down for just 117 runs, while the Indian batting side chased it down within the 23rd over.

Ashish Nehra – It was the Indian Oil Cup final held in 2005. Nehra, though proved costly, took 6 wickets for the sake of some 59 runs after 10 overs. The Lankans however managed to pull it up to a gentle score of 281 runs.  India lost the match by scoring only 263 runs in reply.

Santakumaran Sreesanth – It was a bilateral ODI series between India and England. England batted first and scored 288 runs, despite the good bowling performance of Sreesanth. His bowling figure read 10-1-55-6. India, however, won the match, banking on the mercurial batting performance put up by Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.

Amit Mishra – Amit Mishra’s sensational performance against the Zimbabwean side came up just in time when it was required the most. Based on Mishra’s performance, India managed to quit the Zimbabwean side by a just of 163 runs. Mishra’s bowling statistics read loud as 8.5-0-48-6. India won the match by 7 wickets and 96 balls remaining.

Ajit Agarkar – The first match in the VB series between India-Australia started off with a sensible and breath-taking spell of Ajit Agarkar. His 9.3-1-42-6 record made the much prosperous baggy green side to pause within 288 runs. Though India lost the match, still it is considered as one of Agarkar’s best bowling performance in the ODIs.

Murali Kartik – Again another nerve-spilling spell by the Indian mystic bowler against the Aussies. It was held in the 2007/08 season in Mumbai. The Australian batting side was shortened  to 193 runs within 41.3 overs. Kartik took 6 wickets in lieu of 27 runs in 10 overs, bowling 3 maiden overs. India won the match comfortably by 2 wickets and 24 balls remaining.

Ashish Nehra – It was indeed a World Cup performance. Came down to chase a mighty total of 250 runs, the English side collapsed within the 46th over by scoring just 168 runs. Courtesy goes to the tall but sleek bowler of India. His bowling figure of 10-2-23-6 derailed the Queen’s army and brought home win for the Indians.

Anil Kumble – Out of the Hero Cup final, emerged the actual hero, the Hero the nation actually craved for so long. This spin wizard has had many tormenting spells, but the most recognizable one in the ODI format is this one. Held at the full-packed Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India in 1993, the Carribeans came to chase a mighty 225 runs, but little did they know that it was India’s day. Kumble his beautiful spell of 6.1-2-12-6, pulled down the star-studded West Indian batting side to just 123 runs within 40 overs.

Stuart Binny – In a bilateral series against Bangladesh on 17th June, 2014, India crippled to a much less total of 105 runs, but, however, managed to make it a sure win with the terrific bowling performance of Stuart Binny and Mohit Sharma, taking 6 and 4 wickets respectively. Binny’s enviable bowling figure reads 4.4-2-4-6. It stands, till date, the most successful bowling record for any Indian.

 

Player

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

Econ

Opposition

Ground

Match Date

STR Binny

4.4

2

4

6

0.85

Bangladesh

Dhaka

17 Jun 2014

A Kumble

6.1

2

12

6

1.94

West Indies

Kolkata

27 Nov 1993

A Nehra

10.0

2

23

6

2.30

England

Durban

26 Feb 2003

M Kartik

10.0

3

27

6

2.70

Australia

Mumbai

17 Oct 2007

AB Agarkar

9.3

1

42

6

4.42

v Australia

Melbourne

9 Jan 2004

A Mishra

8.5

0

48

6

5.43

Zimbabwe

Bulawayo

3 Aug 2013

S Sreesanth

10.0

1

55

6

5.50

v England

Indore

15 Apr 2006

A Nehra

10.0

1

59

6

5.90

Sri Lanka

Colombo

9 Aug 2005

SB Joshi

10.0

6

6

5

0.60

South Africa

Nairobi

26 Sep 1999

RJ Shastri

6.5

1

15

5

2.19

v Australia

Perth

8 Dec 1991