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.
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
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.