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In cricket, the economy rate, or Econ, as it is called in short, is a term used to express the average number of runs that a bowler succeeds in conceding in each over, i.e. every six balls. The economy rate is calculated using a simple formula, i.e. (number of balls conceded)/(number of balls bowled/6). For instance, if a bowler has yielded 100 runs in 60 balls, then his economy rate would be 100/(60/6)=10. The lower the number, the more economical a performance is, and the more economical a performance are, the less opportunity the opponent team receives to make a big score.

So, it is not hard to understand that an economic performance by a bowler gives the team he plays for a great opportunity at winning. Here is a list of players with the 10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI. Let’s take a look.

10 Most Economical Bowling

10. Mike Hendrick

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Former English cricketer Michael “Mike” Hendrick was described as “a lively fast-medium seam bowler who could produce plenty of bounce to trouble county batsmen” by Colin Bateman in 1993. He played thirty tests and twenty-two ODIs as a member of the English national team between 1973 and 1981. The 8th match of Group A in the 1979 Prudential World Cup between England and Canada was played at Old Trafford Ground on 13th June 1979, where Canada won the toss and chose to bat first and finished their innings in just 45/10 in 40.3 overs.

Mike Hendrick, in his 8 over bowling spell out of which 4 overs were maidens, took 1 wicket in just 5 runs with a superior economy rate of just 0.62. England scored 46 with just two wickets in 13.5 overs while chasing. England won the match by 8 wickets and CM Old was declared the Man of the Match for taking 4 wickets in his bowling spell of 10 overs while giving just 8 runs.

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9. Alex Cusack

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Australian-born Irish cricketer Alex Richard Cusack is a middle-order right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler who currently plays for the Irish national cricket team. The 1st match of the 2009 Ireland in Scotland ODI Series between Ireland and Scotland was played at Mannofield Park Ground on 22nd August 2009, where Scotland won the toss and chose to field first and Ireland made 205/9 in 50 overs. Alex Cusack, in his 5 over bowling spell out of which 2 overs were maidens, gave just 3 runs with an amazing economy rate of just 0.60. Scotland scored just 109 with all of their wickets in 40.3 overs while chasing. Ireland won the match by 96 runs and RM West was declared the Man of the Match for his 24 runs in 19 balls score along with 4-wicket bowling spell all-around performance.

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8. Dennis Lillee

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Legendary former Australian fast bowler Dennis Keith Lillee was described as the “outstanding fast bowler of his generation” by the BBC. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 17 December 2009. The 9th match of the 1981 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup between India and Australia was played at Sydney Cricket Ground on 8th January 1981, where Australia won the toss and chose to field first and finished Indian innings in just 63/10 in 25.5 overs. Dennis Lillee, in his 5 over bowling spell out of which 2 overs were maidens, took 1 wicket in just 3 runs with an amazing economy rate of just 0.60. Australia scored 64 in just a single wicket in 21 overs while chasing. Australia won the match by 9 wickets and GS Chappell has declared the Man of the Match for his 33 runs in 63 balls score along with 5-wicket in 9.5 overs spell all-around performance.

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7. Sunil Joshi

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Former Indian all-rounder Sunil Bandacharya Joshi was an integral part of both the Test and One Day International Indian cricket team from 1996 to 2001, although he was not selected for the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup. The 2nd match of the 1999 LG Cup between India and South Africa was played at Gymkhana Club Ground on 26th September 1999, where South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first and made just 117/10 in 48 overs. Sunil Joshi, in his 10 over bowling spell out of which 6 overs were maidens, took 5 wickets in just 6 runs with an amazing economy rate of just 0.60. India scored 120 in just 2 wickets in 22.4 overs while chasing. India won the match by 8 wickets and Sunil Joshi was declared the Man of the Match for 5-wicket bowling performance.

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6. Kapil Dev

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Legendary former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj is considered as one of the greatest all-rounders of cricket history. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 8th March 2010 and received the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century award in 2002. The 2nd match of the 1989 India in West Indies ODI Series between India and West Indies was played at Queen’s Park Oval Stadium on 9th March 1989, where West Indies won the toss and chose to field first and India made just 148/10 in 48 overs.

Kapil Dev, in his 7 over bowling spell out of which 4 overs were maidens, gave just 4 runs with an amazing economy rate of just 0.57. But sadly, West Indies scored 151 in 4 wickets in 38.4 overs while chasing. West Indies won the match by 6 wickets and CG Greenidge was declared the Man of the Match for his 70 in 106 balls batting performance.

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5. Wasim Akram

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Former Pakistani left arm fast bowler Wasim Akram is widely considered as the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling. He was ranked as the best bowler in ODI of all time in the Wisden’s list published in 2002. The 6th match of the 1986 ICC Champions Trophy between Pakistan and India was played at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on 5th December 1986, where Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first and India made just 144/10 in 40.2 overs. Wasim Akram, in his 7.2 over bowling spell out of which 4 overs were maidens, took 2 wickets of India in just 4 runs with an amazing economy rate of just 0.54. Pakistan scored 145 in 7 wickets in 43.3 overs while chasing. Pakistan won the match by 3 wickets and Manzoor Elahi was declared the Man of the Match for his 50 in 54 balls batting performance.

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4. Sir Curtly Ambrose

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Former legendary West Indian fast bowler Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose is considered by many as the greatest pace bowler of all time. He was included in the West Indies all-time XI team and was named Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1992. The 1st match of the 1999 Coca-Cola Champions Trophy between West Indies and Sri Lanka was played at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on 13th October 1999, where Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first and made 178/10 in 49.3 overs.

Sir Curtly Ambrose, in his 10 over bowling spell out of which 5 overs were maidens, took 1 wicket of Sri Lanka in just 5 runs with an amazing economy rate of just 0.50. West Indies scored 181 in 7 wickets in 49.2 overs while chasing. West Indies won the match by 3 wickets and JC Adams was declared the Man of the Match for his 74 in 124 balls batting performance.

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3. Bishan Singh Bedi

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Former Indian slow left-arm orthodox bowler Bishan Singh Bedi was an integral part of the Indian national test squad from 1966 to 1979. He also led the Indian team in 22 test matches as the captain. The 6th match of Group A at the 1975 Prudential World Cup between India and East Africa was played at Headingley Cricket Ground on 11th June 1975, where East Africa won the toss and chose to bat first and made 120/10 in 55.3 overs. Bishan Singh Bedi, in his 12 over bowling spell out of which 8 overs were maidens, took 1 wicket of East Africa in just 6 runs with a marvelous economy rate of just 0.50. India scored 123 without any wicket in just 29.5 overs while chasing. Indian Batsman FM Engineer was declared the Man of the Match for his 54 in 93 balls batting performance.

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2. Dermot Reeve

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Former English cricketer Dermot Alexander Reeve is best known for his unorthodox all-round performance which he displayed in 29 ODIs and three test matches he played for the national side. He was named Hong Kong sports personality of the year for his amazing performance in international cricket. The 13th match of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World cup between England and Pakistan was played at Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground on 1st March 1992, where England won the toss and chose to field first. Dermot Reeve, in his 5 over bowling spell, out of which 3 overs were maidens, took 1 wicket of Pakistan in just 2 runs with a marvelous economy rate of just 0.40. Pakistan scored just 74 runs with their 10 wickets in 40.2 overs and England scored 24/1 in 8 overs while chasing after which the match got canceled.

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1. Phil Simmons

10 Most Economical Bowling
10 Most Economical Bowling in ODI

Former West Indian all-round cricketer Philip Verant Simmons holds the world record for most economical bowling in an International limited over match. He received the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997. The 8th match of the 1992 Benson & Hedges World Series between West Indies and Pakistan was played at Sydney Cricket Ground on 17th December 1992, where West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first and made 214/9 in 50 overs. Phil Simmons, in his 10 over bowling spell out of which 8 overs were maidens, took 4 wickets of Pakistan in just 3 runs with a marvelous economy rate of just 0.30. Pakistan scored just 81 runs while chasing with their 10 wickets in 48 overs. West Indian Phil Simmons was declared the Man of the Match for his amazing bowling performance.

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Economy rate is of a relatively greater importance in the case of one-day and T-20 formats of cricket, in comparison to test cricket, i.e. the shorter forms of matches, which demand the bowlers to restrict the flow of runs from the opponents. These economical performances, indeed, have led to some greatly competitive matches.

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