We always know that taking a wicket is the best option for the bowlers in any format of the game. However, in ODI and T20I cricket, economical bowling can also play another important role in the team’s success.
There are some great and close ODI matches when the other bowlers played important roles by taking the crucial wickets, another wicket-less bowler also played a crucial role by restricting the opponent with his economical bowling which created additional pressure to the opposition batsmen.
Here we are talking about the top five best bowling figures in an ODI without taking a wicket (considering match-winning bowling figures with at least seven overs bowling in a close ODI)
Sir Richard Hadlee (New Zealand): 9-4-12-0 vs Sri Lanka at Sydney on 5th January 1988
It was the third match in the Benson & Hedges World Series 1988. After Sri Lanka decided to bat first, New Zealand right-arm medium pacer Ewen Chatfield’s (4/32) brilliant bowling performance helped the Kiwi side to bowl out Sri Lanka for just 174 runs (48.2 overs). The legendary New Zealand right-arm fast bowler Sir Richard Hadlee also bowled economically in that game as he had the bowling figures of 9-4-12-0 (economy rate 1.33).
Later, New Zealand chased down that target in 48.4 overs after losing four wickets as they won that match by six wickets with eight balls to spare. So, the wicketless Hadlee’s economical bowling also played an effective role for his team in that game.