A one-day international is a form of limited-overs cricket, played between two teams, in which each teams face a fixed number of overs, currently 50. In ODI cricket, each team’s bowlers can bowl up to 10 overs in an innings. Maiden overs are very worthy for a team in white ball cricket. A maiden over can even put a lot of pressure on the batting side. It may even result in reckless shots by batter which in turn can bring a wicket. In this article, we will see certain players who bowled the most maiden overs in one-day international history.
1. Shaun Pollock
Talented Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock leads the list with 313 maiden overs in 303 ODIs. In total, he bagged 393 ODI wickets at an average of 24.50. Shaun Pollock had a cricketing background as his father and uncle were once cricketers in South Africa.
2. Glenn Mcgrath
Glenn Mcgrath is an Australian legendary fast bowler, well-known for his disciplined line and length around the off stump. He bowled 279 maiden overs in 250 ODI games. He also grabbed 381 wickets at an average of 22.02. His best ODI figure of 7/15 came against Namibia in the 2003 world cup.
3. Chaminda Vaas
Chaminda Vaas has been undoubtedly been the best pace bowler Sri Lanka has ever produced. He bowled 279 maiden overs in 322 ODIs. He also has 400 ODI wickets at an average of 27.53.
He was the fourth bowler in the world to get the 400 ODI wickets mark.
4. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram was the best left-arm fast bowler in the history of cricket. He bowled 237 maiden overs in 356 ODIs. He claimed 502 ODI wickets with an average of 23.52. He was also a decent batter scored over 3700 runs in ODIs.
5. Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev is the best captain in the history of the Indian cricket team. Under his captaincy, Indian team won the 1983 world cup. He was a legendary all-rounder, bowled 235 maiden overs in 225
ODIs. He also grabbed 253 ODI wickets with an average of 27.45. He also scored over 3700 runs with one hundred and 14 fifties.
6. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan is one of the best spinners in the game’s history. He was a legend of the Sri Lankan team and currently coaching the IPL team Sunrises Hyderabad. Muralitharan bowled 198 maiden overs in 350 ODI games. He also got 534 ODI wickets with an average of 23.08.
7. Curtly Ambrose
Sir Curtly Ambrose is one of the best fast bowlers in the cricket history. He is 2.01 m tall and known for his pace. He also won Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1992. He bowled 192 maiden overs in 176 ODI matches. He also got 225 ODI wickets with an average of 24.12.
8. Richard Hadlee
Richard Hadlee is one of the best fast bowlers in New Zealand cricket history. He was the first bowler in the game’s history to take 400 test wickets. He bowled 185 maiden overs in 115 ODI games. He got 158 ODI wickets with an average of 21.56.
9. Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh is a Caribbean fast bowling legend. He formed a tremendous fast-bowling partnership with Curtly Ambrose and got 421 wickets in 49 tests. He bowled 185 maiden overs in 205 ODI games. He took 227 wickets with an average of 30.47.
10. Ewen Chatfield
Ewen Chatfield is a medium-pacer and former New Zealand cricketer. He played 43 tests and got 123 test wickets. He bowled 155 maiden overs in 114 ODIs. He also got 140 ODI wickets with an average of 25.84. his best ODI figure was 6/73.