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5 times batsmen helped their side win a match with the ball

You do not see a batter rolling over his arm in the last over of an ODI, or taking the final wicket to seal a test match win for his team. However, there have been various instances where premiere batsmen have helped their team win a match with their bowling.

Here is the list of five batsmen who won the match with their bowling.

Sachin Tendulkar

Regarded as the greatest batter of all time, Tendulkar occupies a mandatory spot in the list of batting records. However, in 1993 Hero Cup, the maestro bamboozled South African team with his off spinners and occasional leg breaks. While chasing 196, South Africa did well and were 190 for 6 in 49 overs. Tendulkar was handed over the bowl and he defended the six runs, eventually conceding only three runs and taking his side across the line. Indian side went on to win the tournament as they beat West Indies in the final.

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Dilshan was a handy cricketer, although in the latter part of his career he transformed himself into an aggressive opener, but still, he would frequently handed over the ball when a partnership would be brewing. He was one of the few cricketers who were genuinely considered partnership-breakers and seldom disappointed his captain and Lankan fans.

Dilshan helped his side win a crucial match in the 2011 World Cup against Zimbabwe, who were well on the track with 150 for the loss of three wickets after 25 overs chasing a mammoth total of 328. However, it was Dilshan day all around, as he had made 144 in the first innings and picked up career best figures of 4 for 4. Dilshan’s all-round performance earned him the MOM award and his side a comfortable 139 runs victory.

Saurav Ganguly

The stylish left hander Indian captain considered himself a genuine all-rounder, and frequently bowled his medium pacers. However, it was not until a match in Toronto against the arch-rivals Pakistan that Ganguly graduated to the status of a ‘should be taken bowler.’ India batting first posted miserly 182 runs and Pakistan were cruising with 103 for 3. But, Ganguly had other plans he changed the match with his medium pace bowling and got his maiden 5fer and pulled his side across the line single-handedly.

Michael Clarke

Clarke has won Australia numerous matches from his batting and captaincy, but he has also won a test match for Australia through his bowling. It was the first test match of 2009, and India were set a target of 333. Indians were doing good, and looked like they would manage to draw the match. With less than half an hour left for the play, Ponting turned around to Clarke and he removed Harbajan Singh and RP Singh off consecutive deliveries. He almost went on for a hattrick but was denied one by Ishant Sharma. However, Clarke got him off the same over and helped Australia win their 16th test in a row.   


Glenn Maxwell

The attacking batsman helped his side win a match from an unthinkable position. Pakistan were chasing a total of 232 in Abu Dhabi and required only two runs from the final over. It seemed like a dead rubber so the captain George Bailey who was uncontroversial in every regard tossed the ball to Maxwell, who bowled a super double wicket maiden and aided his side win a match literally out of nowhere.



  1. Michael

    January 10, 2023 at 6:25 am

    Great players with versatility

  2. Arbaz

    January 10, 2023 at 6:35 am

    Multi talented players

  3. Manthar

    January 10, 2023 at 7:10 am

    A great player always help their team in a tough scenarios

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