ESPNcricinfo Awards 2023 Men's ODI Bowling Nominees – Mitchell Starc, Mohammad Siraj, Mohammad Shami, Pat Cummins

Fast bowlers from the two countries put on a show, hushed the crowd and set new records

Yash Ja

Stargnado: Mitchell Starc bowls India for 5 in his ninth ODI BCCI

Mitchell Starc
5 for 53 against India
Second ODI, Visakhapatnam

Starc started his World Cup year with two strong performances in three days: Starc bulldozed a full-strength line-up in Visakhapatnam, after hammering India's top order in a low-scoring chase in Wankhede two days ago. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav and K.L. He accounted for Rahul – trapped in front with the last two inswingers – as India were reduced to 49 for five and eventually bowled out for 117, their fourth-lowest score in men's ODIs at home. . Starc finished the innings only to defend his innings The second five since the 2019 World Cup.

Mohammed Siraj
6 for 21 against Sri Lanka
Asia Cup Final, Colombo

In the first over Siraj bowled in the final, Gusal beat Mendis's outside edge four times for no runs. In his next over, he took four wickets – yet there was a lasting memory of the balls that didn't take a wicket from it: the fifth ball, Dhananjaya De Silva sent for a boundary, Siraj chased with a pump of adrenaline. Through the empty mid-on region to a long boundary. The crowning moment was Dasun Shanaka's off-stump grab in that over, which meant Siraj took 5 off 16 balls – the fastest in men's ODIs (for which there is data). Sri Lanka were bowled out for 50 in 15.2 overs, the fifth shortest innings in men's ODIs.

Mohammed Shami
4 for 22 against England
World Cup, Lucknow

In this match India's bowlers had a total to defend for the first time in the match, but only 229. England's openers started well and Shami was introduced early after Siraj leaked a few runs in his first two overs. Shami started by dismissing Ben Stokes. Shami dismissed Jonny Bairstow on his next ball. His first spell was 4-1-5-2 and he returned 12 overs later to nick Moeen Ali off the first ball. He added a fourth ball in the 34th over – another set of stumps rattled, this time from Adil Rashid – as India won by 100 runs.

Magnificent seven: Shami became the fastest bowler to take 50 wickets in a World Cup in 17 innings. Good pictures

Mohammed Shami
7 for 57 against New Zealand
World Cup Semi Final, Mumbai

A fortnight later, when the batsmen gave India 397 against New Zealand, Shami came on early and made an immediate impact: Devon Conway edged Shami's first delivery to KL Rahul behind the stumps, and Rachin Ravindra did the same later. Later, after Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell took New Zealand to 219 for 2 in 32 overs, Shami flicked Williamson straight to deep square. On the fourth ball of the same over, Tom Latham was caught in front. Mitchell's wicket, with 92 still to go, was Shami's fifth of the night – but he wasn't done yet. He also dismissed Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson, taking the first seven wickets in a World Cup knockout match.

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Pat Cummins
2 for 34 against India
World Cup Final, Ahmedabad

Ahead of the final, Cummins' words about calming the raucous crowd turned out to be prophetic – best demonstrated when he delivered the key moment of the game: Virat Kohli's wicket, 54 for 765. In the World Cup. It wasn't a delivery of unplayable beauty, but a reward for relentless pressure – Cummins was running out of bounds, giving India's in-form batsmen no room to free their arms. At 80 for 2 at the end of the tenth over, India found the boundary four more times at the end of the game, stumbling to 240. Cummins finished his quota without conceding a four or a six; The last time a fast bowler won a match in the Men's ODI World Cup was in 2007.

Men's ODI batting nominees
ESPNcricinfo Awards 2023

Yash Jha is a multi-platform content producer and presenter for ESPNcricinfo

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