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ODI World Cup | Top 5 Expensive Spells

Despite changing times in white-ball cricket, bowlers still have a significant role to play. Here are 5 most expensive spells in a World Cup match.

Ankit Kanaujia
Last updated: 10.08.2023
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A bowler's role in a team is to take wickets and bowl tight spells. If they cannot do so, the team will be in trouble and, in most cases, be on the losing side. In crucial matches like the world cup, bowlers need to be on top of their game; otherwise, opposition batters will pounce on anything loose.


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ODI World Cup Expensive Bowling Spells


Bowlers can have a bad day. The following is a list of bowlers who had a terrible day at the office in an ODI World Cup match:


  • Rashid Khan (9-0-110-0)


Rashid Khan is at the top of the list, proving that even the best can be taken apart on a given day. When Afghanistan faced England in the 2019 World Cup, the spinner was at the mercy of English batters, especially Eoin Morgan. England scored 110 runs in Rashid's nine overs. The worst part was that he conceded 11 sixes and could not even pick a single wicket.

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  • Martin Snedden (12-1-105-2)


The England batters smashed Martin Snedden, a New Zealand bowler, in the 1983 World Cup. In 12 overs, Martin conceded 105 runs, which was also the first time a bowler conceded more than 100 runs in an ODI. The positive thing about that spell was that Martin managed to pick up two wickets. However, New Zealand succumbed to 106 runs.


  • Jason Holder (10-2-104-1)

Jason Holder learned why AB de Villiers is called Mr. 360 the hard way. In the 2015 World Cup fixture, Holder was battered by the former South Africa captain. The West Indian all-rounder went for 104 runs, 30 of which came in the final over of the South African innings, as De Villiers struck four sixes and a boundary.


  • Dawlat Zadran (10-1-101-2)

Dawlat Zadran went for plenty against Australia when the two teams met in the 2015 World Cup group stage. He started well with the wicket of Aaron Finch in the third over of the match. However, the pacer went for 101 runs in his ten overs. The Aussie batters dominated the game, and the Afghanistan bowlers had a match to forget.


  • Ashantha de Mel (10-0-97-1)

Sri Lanka got a proper bashing at the hands of the West Indies when the two teams met each other in the 1987 World Cup. Sir Viv Richards was in no mood to spare any Sri Lankan bowler and took a special liking to Ashantha de Mel, who gave away 97 runs and picked up one wicket. Mel's lone wicket was the flamboyant batter itself.

Bowlers Who Could Prove Expensive in the 2023 World Cup


Considering India's fast outfields and short boundaries, bowlers are likelier to go for runs, especially if they miss their line and length. The following is a list of bowlers who could concede plenty of runs on a given day:

1. Haris Rauf

2. Lungi Ngidi

3. Wanindu Hasaranga

4. Shardul Thakur

5. Shariz Ahmad

Concluding Thoughts

ODI World Cup matches are intense, as every team looks to win the crucial encounters. Many batters will go after bowlers; if a bowler has a bad day, it will affect the team badly. In the upcoming 2023 world cup, bowlers must keep calm and execute their plans to perfection; otherwise, they might replace someone in the top five expensive spells in the ODI World Cup.

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