5 Indian batting legends who won the match with their magical bowling spells
India, unlike South Africa or England, never had the privilege of quality all-rounders. This would make the captain's job tough as he had to look for options to complete the fifth bowler's quota of 10 overs.
To lend balance to the side, most of the top order batsmen would bowl a few overs of medium pace, off-spin or leg-spin on a regular basis to support the regular bowlers. In the process, they broke a few crucial partnerships and turned quite a few matches on its head.
Let us look into 5 such performances, where their bowling efforts became the difference and helped India win the match.
#5 Rahul Dravid - 2/43 versus South Africa - 2000, Kochi
We all know Rahul Dravid as "THE WALL" with an almost impregnable defence. Dravid had this great attitude to put his team first ahead of everything.
When South Africa played against India in Kochi in 2000 in the 1st ODI, Cronje had no hesitation in batting first on an absolute belter of a wicket. His decision was proved right by the openers Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs who got South Africa off to a flyer and Indian bowlers were looking hapless and out of ideas.
Sourav Ganguly, who was captaining India for the first time as a full-time captain, came up with an out-of-the-box idea and asked Rahul Dravid to bowl. Dravid, who had the distinction of picking up Saeed Anwar with his part-time off-spin, got into the groove and started bowling a few economical overs.
With South Africa cruising at 249 for 1 in 42 overs, Dravid produced magic and picked up Gary Kirsten for 115 and Lance Klusener for 0 in the same over. He ended his spell with figures of 9-1-43-2 and was the best Indian bowler of the day out-bowling his state-mates Anil Kumble and Sunil Joshi.
India restricted South Africa to 301/3 and chased down the target with Ajay Jadeja playing a match-winning knock of 92.