ESPNcricinfo Awards 2021 – ODI Bowling Nominees

Shakib Al Hasan
4 for 8 vs West Indies
first ODI, Mirpur

In his first appearance for Bangladesh after his suspension, and on his way to the cheapest four-for in the team’s ODI history, Shakib enjoyed a weakened West Indies. He first teased Andre McCarthy with a sloppy delivery that then hit the stumps, then he punched Jason Mohammed with one that turned away. For his third wicket, Shakib threw another ball that came in with the corner, trapping Nkrumah Bonner up front. At the end of his first spell, his numbers were 7-2-8-3. He then returned in the 33rd to bowl Alzarri Joseph, knocking out the West Indies for 122.

Trent Boult
4 for 27 vs Bangladesh
first ODI, Dunedin

Boult kicked things off by swinging the new ball away from Tamim Iqbal before knocking it on the leg with a straight. Three balls later he had Soumya Sarkar’s loft cover, although he was tight for space. The early damage done then wiped Boult’s tail: first a good-length ball pulled Hasan Mahmud forward, only to shape it away and bounce back from the stump, then a leading edge of Taskin Ahmed exploded halfway when Boult went a little fuller. New Zealand chased 132 with ease to set the tone for a 6-0 sweep across formats.

Prasidh Krishna
4 for 54 vs England
first ODI, Pune

What started as a horror debut for Prasidh – he got 22 in his third over by Jonny Bairstow – was saved in an epic way. Bairstow and Jason Roy piled up 131 in 14 overs in the pursuit of 318, but Prasidh had caught Roy stopping to point in his fourth over. He then got Ben Stokes with an offcutter, before returning to sack Sam Billings and Tom Curran as England conceded their strong start, eventually finishing in 251. Prasidh grabbed the best marks by an Indian male bowler on ODI debut.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz
4 for 30 vs Sri Lanka
first ODI, Mirpur

Sri Lanka got a very achievable 258, but Miraz caused a collapse. He was good for Danushka Gunathilaka in the fifth over, caught and bowled, to end an offensive cameo. He then played an important part in Sri Lanka, going from 82 for 2 to 102 for 6, taking three wickets. The first was when the stump of Kusal Perera was uprooted by a quick delivery. In his next over, Miraz spun one into Dhananjaya de Silva, who was thrown when the ball bounced off his path. It was then Ashen Bandara’s turn to lose his center stump attempting a leg-side heave.

Dushmantha Chameera
5 for 16 vs Bangladesh
third ODI, Mirpur

Chameera’s fast pace and round-arm action gave him his first five-for. In the course of the trial, he reduced Bangladesh to 28 for 3 behind 287. He first angled one over Mohammad Naim to catch it on a slip, before taking one off with Shakib Al Hasan, who made it square legged. set up. Then he showed some variety by leaving Tamim Iqbal with a slower ball. That first spell of 3 for 11 in six overs almost sealed the deal, but for the record, when Chameera returned, he had Mehidy Hasan catch and Taskin Ahmed bowl, both beaten by tempo.

Chris Woakes
4 for 18 vs Sri Lanka
first ODI, Chester-le-Street

Most notable among Woakes’ four wickets was the one where he shoved the ball into a corner before it seamed away to catch the outside edge of Dasun Shanaka. There were also two scrambled seam deliveries in the plot: Pathum Nissanka pulled a long jump to midwicket and Dhananjaya Lakshan slid one to slip out. In between Woakes, he broke a 99-run tie by getting Wanindu Hasaranga from a short ball.

Sam Curran
5 for 48 vs Sri Lanka
second ODI, The Oval

Curran’s show of swing gave him a five-for in his home country and took England 2-0 in the ODI series. He struck with his second throw, pinning Kusal Perera on the hind leg of a good length. Two balls later, Curran went fuller to righthander Avishka Fernando, who caught him with one that came in sharp. He repeated that trick from across the wicket to Pathum Nissanka, who was bowled from an inside rim to a full pitch. Curran’s next two wickets were miscued pulls from short balls: Hasaranga sent one into a deep square leg to end a 65-run recovery, and Chamika Karunaratne bit the keeper.

Saqib Mahmood
4 for 42 vs Pakistan
first ODI, Cardiff

One of many players rushing to fill in for Covid victims, the swift right-armed Mahmood stepped up in his first ODI in a year. Two wickets came from the first three balls of the match. DRS overturned a previous verdict against Imam-ul-Haq; and the great fish Babar Azam slipped away. Mahmood then brought Pakistan back to 26 for 4 when he trapped Saud Shakeel up front. Pakistan had just managed to cross 100 when Mahmood struck again, allowing Faheem Ashraf to snatch one while he was tight.

Mitchell Starc
5 for 48 vs West Indies
first ODI, Bridgetown

A sharp catch from Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed’s off-stump cartwheeled and Nicholas Pooran’s trail pinged at 144 mph – these were Starc’s first three strikes, with West Indies at 19 for 4 chasing 257. After five overs, he was taken off back to catch the outside edge of an aggressive looking Kieron Pollard and bring him into line with a good length ball. And Starc turned out to be too hot for number 10, Akeal Hosein, who was tapped with a rousing Yorker at 143 km/h. Five wickets for Starc came in his first six overs as Australia crossed home.

Tabraiz Shamsi
5 for 49 vs Sri Lanka
second ODI, Colombo

Shamsi took his first ODI five-for in a year in which he finished as the joint leading highest wicket-taker in T20Is. He took a remarkable turn even with a wet ball in this rain-stricken game, which swept through the middle and lower classes of Sri Lanka. His wicket of the day came when he threw Dushmantha Chameera – the thrown ball dove and turned in, while Chameera stranded too far on the course. Charith Asalanka and Akila Dananjaya fell when they tried to attack Shamsi, Dhananjaya de Silva was grabbed by the side of the leg of a leg that twisted inside him, and Dasun Shanaka found a deep square leg of a short ball that turned inward.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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