5 cricketers with most number of maiden overs in a Test innings
An economical bowler is every captain's dream. As a bowler, it's all about maintaining pressure at the highest level of cricket and one can do that by stringing in a high percentage of dot balls. These dot balls frustrate the batters no end and in an effort to put the bowler off his rhythm, he ends up making mistakes.
Test cricket is a game of time, wickets, and patience. When the going gets tough, the batters need to exhibit loads of patience to score big runs. But during this battle of attrition, the bowlers themselves stick to "boring" lines and play on the minds of the batters to prise out a wicket.
Below, we look at 5 bowlers who have bowled the most number of maidens in a test innings.
#5 Vinoo Mankad 47 maidens: India vs England, November 1951
The legendary Vinoo Mankad bowled 47 maidens in the 76 overs he sent down in a test match against England in Delhi. Mankad picked up 4 wickets in that innings.
Mankad, one of three left-arm spinners to feature in this list, is considered a legend in Indian cricket and one of the greatest all-rounders India has seen. Mankad made his test debut at Lord's in 1946 and went on to play 44 test matches for India. He picked 162 wickets and scored 2109 runs in his career spanning 13 years.
One of the memorable moments involving Mankad, came against the Kiwis at Madras when he and Pankaj Roy put on a world record opening partnership of 413 runs. Mankad went on to score his career-best 231 in that innings.