Kane Richardson was the only bowler to pick up five wickets in an innings throughout the series © Getty Images
Kane Richardson was the only bowler to pick up five wickets in an innings throughout the series © Getty Images

The One-Day International (ODI) series between India and Australia was dominated by the batsmen with bowlers going for plenty of runs. Over 3,000 runs were scored in the series, which have included 11 centuries. While some bowlers could not help but get battered throughout the series, there were others who stood out and picked up wickets at regular intervals despite going for plenty of runs. This series also saw a few bowlers like Scott Boland and Joel Paris of Australia and Barinder Sran, Rishi Dhawan, and Jasprit Bumrah of India making their international debuts. While they may not have performed exceedingly well, they would surely have learned a lot from this experience and will come out stronger in the upcoming series. Pramod Ananth lists out best spells of the ODI series.

1. Kane Richardson’s 5 for 68, 4th ODI, Canberra: It was India’s match to win, but this magical spell from Richardson turned the match completely in Australia’s favour. Hastings got rid of Virat Kohli for 106 and followed it up with three more quick wickets to add to the wicket of Rohit Sharm earlier in the match. India’s chances of winning became more and more bleak as they were losing wickets at a quick rate. Despite the 212-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli, India lost the match by 25 runs chasing 349.  Full Scorecard: India vs Australia 2015-16, 4th ODI at Canberra

2. John Hastings’ 2 for 50, 4th ODI, Canberra: While it was Richardson who hogged the limelight for his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs, one must not forget Hastings’ contribution in the match. Hastings was easily the best bowler of the tournament, picking up 10 wickets at 5.65, which is commendable. Hastings broke the near match-winning partnership between Kohli and Dhawan as he first got rid of Dhawan for 126. With just about run-a-ball to get, India skipper MS Dhoni walked out to the middle and Hastings got him out caught behind off his second delivery. These two wickets opened the floodgates as India went on to lose a heap of wickets, eventually conceding the match. Hastings was Australia’s most economical bowler that day and made it more impressive with a couple of scalps in his final over.

3. Jasprit Bumrah’s 2 for 40, 5th ODI Sydney: Bumrah on ODI debut bowled a magical spell that would surely have been a lesson for a few senior bowlers in the Indian dressing room. Bumrah, with his zippy action troubled the batsmen right from the beginning and did not let the Aussie batsmen get the hang of him. He bowled an economical 10-over spelll, giving away just 40 in his 10 overs. He conceded only one four and one six in the spell. He picked up wickets of Steven Smith and James Faulkner as well. The wicket of Faulkner was a delight to watch; it was a yorker length delivery and Faulkner played all around it, losing his stumps along the way. Bumrah bowled extremely well in the death overs, which has been a rarity among Indian bowlers today. Full Scorecard: India vs Australia 2015-16, 5th ODI at Sydney

4. Barinder Sran’s 3 for 56, 1st ODI, Perth: Another Indian bowler who had an impressive debut was Sran, who bowled well at Perth. India had set Australia a target of 310 to win the match and Sran picked up two early wickets which put India in command. George Bailey should have been adjudged caught behind off his very first ball but the umpire could not spot the little brush on the gloves as MS Dhoni collected it down the leg side. That wicket could have eventually won India the match as Bailey went on to make 112 and put on 242 runs with Steven Smith  for the third wicket Nevertheless, Sran had made a good start to his international career and India will look to him in the future as well. Full Scorecard: India vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Perth

5. John Hastings’ 4 for 58, 3rd ODI, Melbourne: Hastings is the only bowler to appear twice on the list, which says a thing or two about how poor the others have been, and how good he has been. The series saw both teams score in excess of 300 in four out of five matches, with Melbourne being the lone exception. After winning the toss and electing to field first, Australia managed to restrict India to 295, courtesy of a superb spell from Hastings. The pitch at MCG was a bit slow and it became difficult for the batsmen to score as the match progressed. Hastings picked up wickets of Dhawan, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Dhoni, that helped Australia restrict India under 300, despite a ton from Kohli. Australia eventually went on to win the match by three wickets. Full Scorecard: India vs Australia 2015-16, 3rd ODI at MCG

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)