Best series performances by Indian spinners in ODIs
A win in the 5th ODI played at the Port Elizabeth Ground handed India its first ever ODI series win on the South African soil. The result in itself is quite surprising since no one expected such a meek surrender from the South African team who has been a force, at home if nowhere else.
What is more surprising is the means by which India has achieved this result. South African batsmen are yet to figure out a way to combat the deadly wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Both have together taken 30 South African wickets so far in five matches.
However, this is not the first time that Indian spinners have tilted an ODI series in the favor of India. Here’s look at few past such instances where Indian spinners spun the series.
Anil Kumble – 13 wickets in 5 matches
In a bid to spread Cricket in its outposts, India and Pakistan faced each other in an ODI series in Toronto, Canada in the year 1996. Anil Kumble ended up as the highest wicket-taker in the series on the foreign Canadian pitches with 13 wickets. His best bowling figures occurred in third ODI where he took four wickets for only 12 runs. India lost the series by 3-2 though.
R. Ashwin & R. Jadeja – 21 wickets in 5 matches
The English team suffered its second consecutive ODI whitewash in India in 2010-11 as they ended up with a 0-5 result at the end of the ODI series. Their traditional weakness against spin was well exploited by India’s two premier spinners in Jadeja and Ashwin. Both combined to take 21 wickets in the series.
Amit Mishra – 18 wickets in 5 matches
The Zimbabwean team facing Amit Mishra had no clue about how to play this leg-spinner who would bowl a well-disguised googly. Mishra picked up an astonishing 18 wickets in only five matches, one of these performances was his career-best 6/48. India comfortably won the series 5-0 (the year 2013).
Amit Mishra – 15 wickets in 5 matches
The leg-spinner from Delhi bamboozled the New Zealand team who failed to pick his googlies on their tour to India in 2016-17. Mishra ended up with a total of 15 wickets in the series, seven more than the second-highest wicket-taker. India won the series 3-2 as Mishra took 5/18 in the last match of the series.