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ODI Cameos: This time with the ball

Last time I had looked at the cameos - the
forgotten efforts in ODIs. I had looked at the short but telling batting
efforts. This time, I have shifted my look at the bowling efforts. The key lies
in the definition of a cameo. Just as I had indicated that a 10-ball 25 is defined
as a cameo while a 30-ball 25 is not, we have to set the bowling parameters.
The bar had to be moved quite a few times to get a reasonable number in. I have
defined a bowling cameo as a bowling effort above 2 and below 5 overs in
which the RpO value is less than one per over
, irrespective of the wickets
captured. The number of such efforts is now limited to 23. Not a bad filtering
effort considering that there are over 30000 bowling stints.

 

First let us look at the bowling cameos
from the ‘wickets captured' angle. There is no doubt which is the most famous
bowling cameo, although some people might consider this as not a cameo. However,
it fulfils the conditions laid down. The Courtney Walsh bowling spell of 5 for
1 against Sri Lanka
during 1986. The roles are reversed now. But then West
Indies was the dominant team. This is one unbelievable bowling
effort, never likely to be repeated. There are four 3-wicket hauls which have
all resulted in wins.

 

Five of these performances have been in
matches lost, a surprisingly high % of the total. The efforts are equally divided
between the first and second innings, 14 to 12. Also, the efforts are somewhat
equally divided between the pace bowlers and spinners, 14 to 12. Two of these
have come in the recent World Cup, both by New Zealand bowlers. Readers might
remember that New Zealand
also had a hand in two of the three batting cameos in the World Cup.

 

Ins

Year

MtId

Bowler

For

Vs

O

M

R

W

Rslt

 

F

405

1986

Walsh C.A

WIN

Slk

4.3

3

1

5

Won

 

 

3101

2011

Oram
J.D.P

NZL

Ken

2.5

1

2

3

Won

WC11

 

1858

2002

Chandana

SLK

Bng

3.1

1

2

3

Won

 

 

2424

2006

Gayle
C.H

WIN

Zim

3.1

1

3

3

Won

 

F

2447

2006

Kallis
J.H

SAF

Ind

4.1

1

3

3

Won

 

F

3129

2011

Mills
K.D

NZL

Can

2.4

1

2

2

Won

WC11

 

2599

2007

Sammy
D.J.G

WIN

Hol

3.2

1

2

2

Won

 

 

606

1990

Border
A.R

AUS

Slk

2.4

1

2

2

Won

 

 

1987

2003

Tikolo
S.O

KEN

Zim

2.1

0

2

2

Won

 

F

3010

2010

Adeel
Raja

HOL

Ken

4

2

3

2

Won

 

F

358

1986

Bracewell
J.G

NZL

Aus

3.3

1

3

2

Won

 

 

629

1990

Mushtaq
Ahmed

PAK

Nzl

4.1

2

4

2

Won

 

 

3036

2010

White
A.R

IRE

Hol

2.2

2

0

1

Won

 

F

2550

2007

Dilshan
T.M

SLK

Ind

2.1

1

2

1

Won

 

F

3030

2010

Williamson
K.S

NZL

Ind

3

1

2

1

Won

 

F

777

1992

Adams J.C

WIN

Pak

4

2

2

1

Won

 

F

1339

1998

Astle
N.J

NZL

Slk

3

2

2

1

 

 

 

2780

2008

Muralitharan
M

SLK

Zim

3

2

1

0

Won

 

F

1470

1999

Simmons
P.V

WIN

Aus

3

2

2

0

 

 

F

2400

2006

Codrington

CAN

Ken

3

1

2

0

 

 

F

2425

2006

Jayasuriya
S.T

SLK

Zim

4

2

3

0

Won

 

F

2400

2006

Osinde
H

CAN

Ken

4

2

3

0

 

 

F

110

1981

Walker M.H.N

AUS

Nzl

4

3

3

0

 

 

 

Now there are two other tables. The first
is based on the team for which the bowler played.  New Zealand
and West Indies lead with 5 such efforts each,
mostly by their accurate medium pacers. Surprisingly, Canada has got two: India
and England,
none.

 

F

110

1981

Walker M.H.N

AUS

Nzl

4

3

3

0

 

 

 

606

1990

Border
A.R

AUS

Slk

2.4

1

2

2

Won

 

F

2400

2006

Osinde
H

CAN

Ken

4

2

3

0

 

 

F

2400

2006

Codrington

CAN

Ken

3

1

2

0

 

 

F

3010

2010

Adeel
Raja

HOL

Ken

4

2

3

2

Won

 

 

3036

2010

White
A.R

IRE

Hol

2.2

2

0

1

Won

 

 

1987

2003

Tikolo
S.O

KEN

Zim

2.1

0

2

2

Won

 

F

358

1986

Bracewell
J.G

NZL

Aus

3.3

1

3

2

Won

 

F

1339

1998

Astle
N.J

NZL

Slk

3

2

2

1

 

 

F

3030

2010

Williamson
K.S

NZL

Ind

3

1

2

1

Won

 

 

3101

2011

Oram
J.D.P

NZL

Ken

2.5

1

2

3

Won

WC11

F

3129

2011

Mills
K.D

NZL

Can

2.4

1

2

2

Won

WC11

 

629

1990

Mushtaq
Ahmed

PAK

Nzl

4.1

2

4

2

Won

 

F

2447

2006

Kallis
J.H

SAF

Ind

4.1

1

3

3

Won

 

F

2425

2006

Jayasuriya
S.T

SLK

Zim

4

2

3

0

Won

 

 

1858

2002

Chandana

SLK

Bng

3.1

1

2

3

Won

 

 

2780

2008

Muralitharan
M

SLK

Zim

3

2

1

0

Won

 

F

2550

2007

Dilshan
T.M

SLK

Ind

2.1

1

2

1

Won

 

F

405

1986

Walsh
C.A

WIN

Slk

4.3

3

1

5

Won

 

F

777

1992

Adams J.C

WIN

Pak

4

2

2

1

Won

 

 

2599

2007

Sammy
D.J.G

WIN

Hol

3.2

1

2

2

Won

 

 

2424

2006

Gayle
C.H

WIN

Zim

3.1

1

3

3

Won

 

F

1470

1999

Simmons
P.V

WIN

Aus

3

2

2

0

 

 

 

Now a chronological list. The only thing of
interest is the reduction in frequency of such cameos during the past ten
years, despite the fact that over two-thirds of matches having been played
during this period.

 

F

3129

2011

Mills
K.D

NZL

Can

2.4

1

2

2

Won

WC11

 

3101

2011

Oram
J.D.P

NZL

Ken

2.5

1

2

3

Won

WC11

 

3036

2010

White
A.R

IRE

Hol

2.2

2

0

1

Won

 

F

3030

2010

Williamson
K.S

NZL

Ind

3

1

2

1

Won

 

F

3010

2010

Adeel
Raja

HOL

Ken

4

2

3

2

Won

 

 

2780

2008

Muralitharan
M

SLK

Zim

3

2

1

0

Won

 

 

2599

2007

Sammy
D.J.G

WIN

Hol

3.2

1

2

2

Won

 

F

2550

2007

Dilshan
T.M

SLK

Ind

2.1

1

2

1

Won

 

F

2447

2006

Kallis
J.H

SAF

Ind

4.1

1

3

3

Won

 

F

2425

2006

Jayasuriya
S.T

SLK

Zim

4

2

3

0

Won

 

 

2424

2006

Gayle
C.H

WIN

Zim

3.1

1

3

3

Won

 

F

2400

2006

Osinde
H

CAN

Ken

4

2

3

0

 

 

F

2400

2006

Codrington
G.R

CAN

Ken

3

1

2

0

 

 

 

1987

2003

Tikolo
S.O

KEN

Zim

2.1

0

2

2

Won

 

 

1858

2002

Chandana
U.D.U

SLK

Bng

3.1

1

2

3

Won

 

F

1470

1999

Simmons
P.V

WIN

Aus

3

2

2

0

 

 

F

1339

1998

Astle
N.J

NZL

Slk

3

2

2

1

 

 

F

777

1992

Adams J.C

WIN

Pak

4

2

2

1

Won

 

 

629

1990

Mushtaq
Ahmed

PAK

Nzl

4.1

2

4

2

Won

 

 

606

1990

Border
A.R

AUS

Slk

2.4

1

2

2

Won

 

F

405

1986

Walsh
C.A

WIN

Slk

4.3

3

1

5

Won

 

F

358

1986

Bracewell
J.G

NZL

Aus

3.3

1

3

2

Won

 

F

110

1981

Walker M.H.N

AUS

Nzl

4

3

3

0

 

 

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