Sunil Joshi took 5 wickets for 6 runs against South Africa in the LG Cup played in 1999.
That spell of 10 overs of the Indian bowler remains at number three in the most economical spells of ODI cricket.
If the area is your own, then it is not a big deal to explode. The fun is when the blast was done in some other area. Just like what India’s left arm spinner Sunil Joshi had done 22 years ago today. On Kenya’s land, he wrote the script of the defeat of the South African team with his own hands. The occasion was the LG Cup tournament played between 4 countries in the year 1999. In this tournament played from 25 September to 1 October, India and South Africa played their first match against each other on 26 September. In this match, India won by 8 wickets. But, before that, what Indian spinner Sunil Joshi did on the pitch of Nairobi, such charisma was not seen in the history of ODI cricket against South Africa till date. Apart from India and South Africa, the other two teams of the tournament were Kenya and Zimbabwe.
In the match, South Africa batted first but they could not even play the full 50 overs. Hansie Cronje’s team was all out in 48 overs and only 117 runs even if hung on the score board. No batsman from South Africa even touched the 40-run mark, not even a half-century. Jacques Kallis was the highest run-scorer by scoring 38 runs. Indian spinner Sunil Joshi had a big hand behind doing such a thin condition of South Africa.
Sunil Joshi picked up 5 wickets for 6 runs in 10 overs.
Sunil Joshi craved South African batsmen to score runs against him in this match. The left-arm spinner bowled 6 maidens out of 10 overs. That is, no runs were given on 36 out of 60 balls. Even if only 6 runs were given off the remaining 24 balls. That is, 18 balls were thrown more empty. During this effective bowling, Sunil Joshi made 5 South African batsmen his victim. He took the wickets of Dipenar, Herschelle Gibbs, Hansie Cronje, Jonty Rhodes and Shaun Pollock. In this way, he became the only bowler in the world to have 5 wickets for less than 10 runs in ODIs against South Africa. In the year 1999, the record related to Sunil Joshi’s name still stands.
The wonder of Joshi recorded in history
Sunil Joshi is the third bowler in the world and the second bowler in India to take 5 wickets for the lowest run in ODI cricket. In this case, Courtney Walsh of West Indies is in the first place by taking 5 wickets for 1 run. While India’s Stuart Binny, who took 6 wickets for 4 runs, was at number two. Sunil Joshi’s 10-over spell against South Africa is also at number three in the most economical spells of ODI cricket.
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