(clockwise from left) Roger Binny, Madan Lal, Javagal Srinath, Ashish Nehra, Kapil Dev, Stuart Binny, Zaheer Khan and Sourav Ganguly © Getty Images and AFP
India pulled off a stunning victory against Bangladesh in the 2nd ODI at Dhaka. After being bowled out for a mere 105, Stuart Binny and Mohit Sharma combined to rout Bangladesh for a mere 58 — their joint lowest One-Day International (ODI) score. Shiamak Unwalla and Bharath Seervi look at the only five times that Indian pacers have shared all ten wickets between themselves. Curiously, there is a Binny in three out of the five instances!
1. Australia vs India at Chelmsford, Prudential World Cup 1983
This was a do-or-die match, with the winner almost certain to go through the semifinal. India batted first and got to a reasonable 247 all out on the back of useful contributions from almost every Indian batsman. However, no one was able to score more than Yashpal Sharma (40), as none of the Indian batsmen could go on to make a big contribution.
What happened next: Only four Australian batsmen could get to double figures, the highest of whom was Allan Border (36), as the Indian medium pacers bundled out Australia to complete an astounding victory. It was a turning point in India’s World Cup campaign; they went on to defeat a West Indies side at the peak of its power to register their maiden World Cup triumph.
The protagonists: Madan Lal (4 for 20), Roger Binny (4 for 29), and Balwinder Sandhu (2 for 26).
2. India vs West Indies at Lord’s, Final, Prudential World Cup 1983
This match is quite possibly one of India’s most important ODIs of all time. As every cricket-lover knows by now, India tottered to what was considered a sub-par 183, with no batsman even touching 40. But for Kris Srikkanth (38), Sandeep Patil (27) and Mohinder Amarnath (26), India would have been defending barely 100.
What happened next: Balwinder Sandhu knocked over Gordon Greenidge with a peach of a delivery early on to start the slide. West Indian batsmen came and went, with only ‘Big Viv’ Richards (33 off 28) scoring any real runs. But after he was dismissed — more due to Kapil’s tremendous catch than the ball — by Madan Lal, it was all but finished for the mighty defending champions. The West Indies lost a World Cup final for the first time ever, and have never made it to one since.
The protagonists: Mohinder Amarnath (3 for 12), Madan Lal (3 for 31), Balwinder Sandhu (2 for 32), Kapil Dev (1 for 21), and Roger Binny (1 for 23).
3. India vs Pakistan at Toronto, Sahara Cup 1997
India batted first and had a wretched time against Aaqib Javed (1 for 17 in 10 overs) and Mohammad Akram (2 for 28 in 10 overs). None of the Indian batsmen barring Mohammad Azharuddin (67) and Robin Singh (32 not out) were able to find any sort of fluency, as India could manage just 182 for six in their 50 overs.
What happened next: Debasis Mohanty, Abey Kuruvilla and Harvinder Singh took a wicket each to reduce Pakistan to 87 for three, with lots of time left thanks to some quick batting by Shahid Afridi (44 off 38 balls). Skipper Sachin Tendulkar threw the ball to Sourav Ganguly, who ended up as the leading wicket-taker of the series with 15 wickets from six matches (in fact, he took a minimum of two wickets in every match and won four consecutive Man of the Match awards).
What followed was almost unimaginable carnage. Ganguly seemed to invoke the swing of Wasim Akram — albeit at a far lesser pace — and ran through the Pakistan middle order in stunning fashion. He ravaged Pakistan from 87 for three to 118 for seven in no time. He came back later on to knock over Aaquib Javed as well to complete an astounding five-wicket haul. Pakistan crashed and burned to 148 all out, as India pulled a rabbit out of the hat to win by 34 runs.
The protagonists: Sourav Ganguly (5 for 16), Abey Kuruvilla (2 for 26), Debasis Mohanty (2 for 43), and Harvinder Singh (1 for 41).
4. India vs Sri Lanka at Johannesburg, ICC World Cup 2003
Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Sourav Ganguly made merry against the Sri Lankan bowling, scoring their runs at a very good rate. However, the rest of the batsmen faltered as India got to — what could have been a better score of — 292 for six in their 50 overs.
What happened next: Javagal Srinath ripped the heart out of Sri Lanka’s chase with a four-wicket opening burst during which he accounted for Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Jehan Mubarak (sent in as a pinch hitter), and Aravinda de Silva. Atapattu, Mubarak and de Silva, and later Mahela Jayawardene and Prabath Nissanka, were all dismissed for ducks. Ashish Nehra cleaned out the tail, as just four Sri Lankan batsmen got to double figures, and only Kumar Sangakkara (30) crossed 20. India romped home by 183 runs and went on to lose almost as extravagantly against Australia in the final.
The protagonists: Javagal Srinath (4 for 35), Ashish Nehra (4 for 35), and Zaheer Khan (2 for 33).
5. Bangladesh vs India at Dhaka, 2014
India had sent a second-string side to Bangladesh to test out their bench strength. Having won the first match of the series, India got off to the worst possible start in the second ODI with opener Ajinkya Rahane trapped LBW off the second ball of the match. Robin Uthappa made a scratchy 14, Cheteshwar Pujara laboured to a 34-ball 11, Suresh Raina — captaining the side in the absence of MS Dhoni — scored a brisk 27 and No 11 Umesh Yadav played a delightful slogger’s cameo to make 17. Bangladeshi debutant Taskin Ahmed entered the record books with a spell of 5 for 28, as India were bowled out in just over 25 overs for their lowest total ever against Bangladesh, 105.
What happened next: Mohit Sharma took a wicket off the second ball of the innings, before following up with another a few overs later. Mushfiqur Rahim and debutant Mithun Ali then steadied the ship with a 31-run stand. Stuart Binny — son of Roger — then had Mushfiqur caught behind for 11. That was the start of the end, as Binny ran through the Bangladesh line-up like an executioner’s broadsword through the neck of a convict. In the process, he overthrew Anil Kumble’s record (6 for 12) of best bowling figures by an Indian in ODIs. Bangladesh catapulted from 44 for 3 to 58 all out in the matter of a couple of overs, as India won by 47 runs.
The protagonists: (Stuart Binny 6 for 4, and Mohit Sharma 4 for 22)
(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)
(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)