5 unique figures for big names in ICC ODI trophies

5 unique figures for big names in ICC ODI trophies

Very few would have seen them coming!

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The tournaments hosted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) poses a whole new challenge for teams altogether. In such events where five or more sides are taking part, the big names in the teams need to be on top of their game.

The pressure increases as the crunch games approaches and the responsibility on the in-form players mounts. But at times, those cricketers have thrown surprises. While the bowlers have shown their ability with the bat, a few of the renowned batters have taken to bowling. It not only helped their teams, but also added to the entertainment quotient.

There are very few pleasant sights when a lower-order batsman takes the attack to the opponent’s premier bowler. On the other hand, famous batters have not only bowled, but also picked up wickets.

In the article, let’s take a look at five unique figures of big names in ICC events: –

1. MS Dhoni dismissing Travis Dowlin in 2009 CT

MS Dhoni dismissing Travis Dowlin
MS Dhoni dismissing Travis Dowlin. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

MS Dhoni, the veteran Indian cricketer, doesn’t cease to spring surprises. Though most of them were as a batsman, keeper and captain, there was an instance when he stepped up, successfully, as a bowler. In the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, Dhoni went on to pick up his only wicket in ODI cricket.

The unique occurring took place in the game against the West Indies in Johannesburg. At the Wanderers Stadium, Dhoni introduced himself in the attack inside the first 20 overs. In the 17th over, he managed to go through Travis Dowlin’s defence.

A gentle delivery took Dowlin’s inside edge and crashed on to the stumps. It broke a 26-run stand for the fourth wicket between David Bernard and Dowlin. Dhoni rolled his arms over for two overs in which he churned out six dot balls.