10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport in which one team has its bowler delivers the ball in an attempt to hit the wickets, while the batsman tries to defend the wickets and score runs. So, a game of cricket is dependent equally on the shoulders of the batsmen and the bowlers. While batsman hog most of the attention with their incredible scores and stunning hits that change the course of a match and create history, bowlers, too, have left their marks in the history of the sport.

If we look back, some exceptional moments in cricket were contributions of the bowlers who used a variety of techniques to give some of the most memorable performances. Let us take a look at the 10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World.

10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

10. Sir Richard Hadlee

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Former New Zealand right-arm fast bowler Sir Richard John Hadlee is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. In the 1st test match of the 1985 Trans-Tasman Trophy between New Zealand and Australia played at Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloongabba, Brisbane, from 8th November 1985, Sir Richard Hadlee took a total of 15 wickets of Australia in 52.3 overs he bowled out of which 13 overs were maiden while giving just 123 runs with an economy rate of 2.34. Sir Richard Hadlee, on that same test match, took 9 wickets in a single innings while giving just 52 runs. He took a total of 23.4 over to got 9 wickets out of which 4 overs were maidens, and achieved a marvelous economy rate of 2.19 on that single innings. New Zealand earned the test match by an innings and 41 runs.

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9. Hedley Verity

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Former English slow left-arm orthodox bowler Hedley Verity was a leading squad member of the Yorkshire and English national cricket team between 1930 and 1939. In the 2nd test match of the 1934 Ashes series between England and Australia played at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London from 22nd June 1934, Hedley Verity took a total of 15 wickets of Australia in 58.3 overs he bowled out of which 23 overs were maiden while giving just 104 runs with an economy rate of 1.77. Hedley, on that same test match, took 8 wickets in a single innings while giving just 43 runs. He took a total of 22.3 over to achieve 8 wickets out of which 8 overs were maidens, and achieved a superior economy rate of 1.91 on that single innings. England won the test match by an innings and 38 runs.

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8. Colin Blythe

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Legendary former English left arm spinner Colin Blythe is widely regarded as one of the finest bowlers of the period between 1900 and 1914 which is often cited as the “Golden Age” of cricket. In the 2nd test match of the 1907 Test series between England and South Africa played at Headingley stadium in Leeds from 29th July 1907, Colin Blythe took a total of 15 wickets of South Africa in 38.3 overs he bowled out of which 10 overs were maiden while giving just 99 runs with an economy rate of 2.57. Colin, on that same test match, took 8 wickets in a single innings while giving just 59 runs. He took a total of 15.5 over to gained 8 wickets out of which 1 over was maiden, and achieved a splendid economy rate of 3.72 on that single innings. England won the test match by 53 runs.

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7. George Lohmann

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Former English right arm medium-pace bowler George Alfred Lohmann is widely regarded by many as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. He is also known for the ability to vary his pace, flight and break. In the 1st test match of the 1896 Test series between England and South Africa played at Crusaders Ground in Port Elizabeth from 13th February 1896, George Lohmann took a total of 15 wickets of South Africa in 25.3 overs consisting 5 balls each he bowled out of which 11 overs were maiden while giving just 45 runs with an economy rate of 2.10.

Lohmann, on that same test match, took 8 wickets in a single innings while giving just 7 runs. He took a total of 9.4 5-ball overs to get 8 wickets out of which 5 overs were maidens, and achieved one of cricket’s best economy rates of just 0.85 on that single innings. England won the test match by 288 runs.

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6. Johnny Briggs

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Former English left-arm spin bowler Johnny Briggs toured Australia a record six times with the English national cricket team. He was also the first bowler in Test cricket to take 100 wickets. In the 2nd test match of the 1889 Test series between England and South Africa played at Newlands cricket stadium in Cape Town from 25th March 1889, Johnny Briggs took a total of 15 wickets of South Africa in 33.3 overs consisting 4 balls each he bowled out of which 16 overs were maiden while giving just 28 runs with an economy rate of 1.24.

Johnny Briggs, on that same test match, took 8 wickets in a single innings while giving just 11 runs. He took a total of 14.2 4-ball overs to achieve the 8 wickets out of which 5 overs were maidens, and reached an amazing economy rate of 1.13 on that single innings. England won the test match by an innings and 202 runs.

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5. Muttiah Muralitharan

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Legendary former Sri Lankan off break bowler Muttiah Muralitharan was described as the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2002. In the 1st test match of the 1998 Test series between England and Sri Lanka played at the Kennington Oval Ground in London from 27th August 1998, Muttiah Muralitharan took a total of 16 wickets of England in 113.5 overs he bowled out of which 41 overs were maiden while giving just 220 runs with an economy rate of 1.93. Muralitharan, on that same test match, took 9 wickets in a single innings while giving just 65 runs. He took a total of 54.2 over to achieve 9 wickets out of which 27 overs were maidens, and managed a superior test economy rate of 1.19 on that single innings. Sri Lanka won the test match by 10 wickets.

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4. Bob Massie

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Former Australian cricketer Robert Arnold Lockyer Massie played in six test matches and 3 ODIs from 1972 to 1973. He is also known to swing the ball late in both directions. In the 2nd test match of the 1972 Ashes series between England and Australia played at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London from 22nd June 1972, Bob Massie took a total of 16 wickets of England in 60.1 overs he bowled out of which 16 overs were maiden while giving just 137 runs with an economy rate of 2.27. Bob, on that same test match, took 8 wickets in a single innings while giving just 84 runs. He took a total of 32.5 over to achieve 8 wickets out of which 7 overs were maidens, and managed a marvelous economy rate of 2.55 on that single innings. Australia won the test match by 8 wickets.

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3. Narendra Hirwani

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Former Indian leg spin bowler Narendra Deepchand Hirwani is known to have had one of the most successful international test debuts of Cricket history. He made the test record for bowling 59 overs unchanged without a break against England in 1990 at The Oval. In the 4th test match of the 1988 Test series between India and West Indies played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from 11th January 1988, Narendra Hirwani took a total of 16 wickets of West Indies in 33.5 overs he bowled out of which 6 overs were maiden while giving just 136 runs with an economy rate of 4.01.

Hirwani, on that same test match, took 8 wickets in a single innings while giving just 75 runs. He took a total of 15.2 over to achieve 8 wickets out of which 3 overs were maidens, and made an economy rate of 4.89 on that single innings. India won the test match by 255 runs.

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2. Sydney Barnes

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Legendary former English cricketer Sydney Francis Barnes is widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers ever. He was described as one of the “Six Giants of the Wisden Century” by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 1963. In the 2nd test match of the 1913 Test series between England and South Africa played at Old Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg from 26th December 1913, Sydney Barnes took a total of 17 wickets of South Africa in 65.3 overs he bowled out of which 16 overs were maiden while giving just 159 runs with an economy rate of 2.42.

Barnes, on that same test match, took 9 wickets in a single innings while giving just 103 runs. He took a total of 38.4 over to achieve the 9 wickets out of which 7 overs were maidens, and reached an amazing economy rate of 2.66 on that single innings. England won the test match by an innings and 12 runs.

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1. Jim Laker

10 Best Bowling Performances
10 Best Bowling Performances in the Cricket World

Former English cricket James “Jim” Charles Laker is known as an elegant off-spin bowler and as a pioneer member of the Surrey County Cricket Club that won the county championship each year from 1952 to 1958.

In the 4th test match of the 1956 Ashes series between England and Australia played at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester from 26th July 1956, Jim Laker took a total of 19 wickets of Australia in 68 overs he bowled out of which 27 overs were maiden while giving just 90 runs with an economy rate of 1.32. Laker, in the same test match, took 10 wickets in a single innings while giving just 53 runs. He took a total of 51.2 overs to achieve the 10 wickets out of which 23 overs were maidens, and clinched a marvelous economy rate of 1.03 on that single innings. England won the test match by an innings and 170 runs.

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These performances and the players who gave them appear in gold in cricket history. Those who had witnessed the performances are the lucky people, while those who missed it wait to see more such exceptional performances by the bowlers and give a hard time to the top batsmen, for a close competition.

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