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10 times an unfancied bowler tore through a top batting side

Not many people expected these bowlers to run through some good batting line-ups.

Top 5 / Top 10 18 Jun 2015, 18:30 IST

A good bowler is always expected to make a dent in the batting lineup of the opposition and usually can deliver when the team expects him to. But there have been numerous occasions in the past, where a bowler, following the real life example of David and Goliath has rattled a quality batting side, even when the odds were stacked heavily against the former.

Here’s a look at 10 such top moments:

10. Ken MacLeay vs India

A talented seamer, MacLeay’s career was a surprisingly short one

Ken MacLeay was the reverse of the norm - an Australian who was born in England. A tall, wiry right-arm seamer and a useful middle-order batsman, he was perfectly suited to the one-day format. Unfortunately, he only played 16 ODIs.  Despite being a potential talent, Macleay was never viewed as much of a threat in his time, by batsmen around the world. 

At state level he was prolific with both bat and ball, and on 13th Jun, 1983 came the high-point of his career, when he took 6 wickets for 39 runs against the would-be champions India at the World Cup, at Trent Bridge. Despite this, he was never seriously considered for the Test team. He finished his days playing only two seasons with Somerset. 

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