ODI Records: Best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs

Leading a national team is not every bowler’s cup of tea but there are exceptions. So, here is a look at the best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs.

Leading from the front is the responsibility of any captain. Often batters are given the captaincy duties for a cricket team but there have been some bowlers who have captained their respective national sides. In this article, we will take a look at the best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs.

Best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs

Player Best Bowling Figures Overs Maidens Runs Conceded Wickets Economy Opposition Venue Match Date
Waqar Younis (Pakistan) 7/36 10 0 36 7 3.6 England Leeds 17th June, 2001
Vivian Richards (West Indies) 6/41 9.4 0 41 6 4.24 India Delhi 23rd October, 1989
Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) 6/43 10 1 43 6 4.3 Zimbabwe St. George’s 24th February, 2013
Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan) 6/43 9.2 0 43 6 4.6 Ireland Belfast 21st May, 2019
Waqar Younis (Pakistan) 6/59 8 0 59 6 7.37 Australia Nottingham 19th June, 2001
Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) 5/7 6 2 7 5 1.16 Bangladesh Queenstown 31st December, 2007
Greg Chappell (Australia) 5/15 9.5 5 15 5 1.52 India Sydney 8th January, 1981
Wasim Akram (Pakistan) 5/15 7 1 15 5 2.14 Zimbabwe Karachi 24th December, 1993
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 5/16 8 3 16 5 2 Kenya Hambantota 23rd February, 2011
Wasim Akram (Pakistan) 5/16 6.1 0 16 5 2.59 South Africa East London 15th February, 1993

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Waqar Younis

ODI Records: Best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs

Waqar Younis holds the record for the best bowling figures as a captain. Younis recorded a 7-fer against England in Leeds in the NatWest series in 2001. Skipper, Younis won the toss and decided to bowl first. The Pakistani fast bowler remains the only captain to pick a 7-fer. Younis picked up the first seven wickets of the English team. He dismissed Marcus Trescothick on the first ball of the match with his signature yorker. He went on to dismiss Nick Knight, Michael Vaughan, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Alec Stewart and Dominic Cork.

Vivian Richards

West Indies batter Vivian Richards

Known mostly for his batting, West Indian legend, Vivian Richards surprisingly ranks second on this list courtesy of his 6/41 against India during the MRF World Series (Nehru Cup), in 1989. India won the toss and elected to field first and conceded 196 with Richards scoring 44 runs. In the second innings, Richards dismissed Mohinder Amarnath, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ravi Shastri, Kapil Dev and Kiran More. His six-for helped the visitors to register a 20-run win.

Dwayne Bravo

ODI Records: Best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs

Dwayne Bravo ranks third on this list behind his compatriot Richards. Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat first. Bravo dismissed Zimbabwean opener, Vusi Sibanda, skipper, Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Regis Chakabva and Kyle Jarvis. Bravo’s 6/43 helped West Indies to register a seven-wicket win and even won him a Player of the Match award.

Gulbadin Naib

Afghanistan all-rounder Gulbadin Naib

Afghanistan’s 2019 World Cup captain, Gulbadin Naib ranks fourth on this list with bowling figures of 6/43 against Ireland. Ireland won the toss and decided to bowl first. Thanks to a century from Mohammad Shahzad and half-centuries from Rahmat Shah and Najibullah Zadran meant that Afghanistan posted a total of 305 runs. Naib in the second starred with the ball picking up six wickets including Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtaugh and Gary Wilson. Afghanistan won the match by 126 runs.

Waqar Younis

Pakistan bowler Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis features for the second time on this list. The fascinating fact is that he recorded bowling figures of 6/59 against Australia in the very next game after his 7/36 against England. Younis won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 290 runs. Younis once again struck with his first ball in the second innings dismissing Mark Waugh and dismissed Matthew Hayden in the same over. The Pakistani skipper went on to dismiss Michael Bevan, Steve Waugh, Andrew Symonds and Brett Lee. Younis’ six-for helped Pakistan register a 36-win over Australia.

Daniel Vettori

ODI Records: Best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs

Daniel Vettori ranks sixth on the list for the best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs. Vettori won the toss and elected to field first. The Kiwi skipper picked up a five-for while giving away just seven runs. Vettori dismissed Aftab Ahmed, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Farhad Reza and Mashrafe Mortaza. His fifer helped New Zealand to restrict Bangladesh to just 93 runs which they chased down in just six overs thanks to a swashbuckling knock from Brendon McCullum.

Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell is just like Viv Richards who is remembered for his batting prowess. Chappell won the toss and decided to bowl first. India was bowled out for just 63 runs thanks to a five-for from Chappell. Chappell dismissed Dilip Vengsarkar, Roger Binny, Sunil Gavaskar, Yashpal Sharma and Karsan Ghavri. Chappell was not done after his first-inning heroics as scored an unbeaten knock of 33 runs in 48 balls.

Wasim Akram

ODI Records: Best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs

Wasim Akram was the partner in crime with Waqar Younis and just like Younis, Akram too found success while leading Pakistan. During an ODI against Zimbabwe in 1993, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Akram dismissed Zimbabwean skipper, Andy Flower with his first ball. Akram then dismissed Alistair Campbell, Eddo Brandes, Stephen Peall and Heath Streak. Pakistan won the match by seven wickets.

Shahid Afridi

ODI Records: Best bowling figures as a captain in ODIs

Shahid Afridi was impressive throughout the 2011 World Cup and in a match against Kenya, Afridi recorded bowling figures of 5/16. Afridi won the toss and decided to bat first and thanks to half-centuries from Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal the ‘Men in Green’ scored 317 runs in the first innings. Afridi in the second innings picked up a five-for. The Pakistani spinner dismissed Steve Tikolo, Tanmay Mishra, Jimmy Kamande, Thomas Odoyo and Collins Obuya and helped his team register a 205-run win. 

Wasim Akram

Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram

Just like Younis, Akram too features on this list twice. Akram won the toss and decided to bat first. A century from Javed Miandad and a half-century from Asif Mujtaba allowed Pakistan to score 214 runs. Interestingly, Akram picked up a fifer in just 31 overs in the second innings. Akram dismissed Andrew Hudson, Jonty Rhodes, Errol Stewart, Brian McMillan and Allan Donald.