There is, and was, no dearth of quality seamers in a South Africa camp. May it be the ‘White Lightning’ Allan Donald or the skillful Shaun Pollock, Proteas have had quality seamers in their ranks. With Imran Tahir now, they have a lethal spinner, at least in the shorter formats. Tahir, and the rest! Here’s a look at top performances by South Africa bowlers in ODIs:
Imran Tahir vs West Indies
Imran Tahir ripped apart the West Indian batting line up in a tri-series game at Basseterre. After flamboyant innings from Hashim Amla, South Africa rode on Imran Tahir’s spin bowling to clinch a 139-run win against the home team. Imran Tahir’s spin web allowed him to grab 7 West Indian wickets in the match at the cost of 45 runs in 9 overs. Following this spell, Tahir recorded South Africa’s best bowling figures in an innings.
Kagiso Rabada vs Bangaldesh
Kagiso Rabada became only the second player in the history of the game to pick up a hattrick on debut (The first one being Taijul Islam from Bangaldesh). Rabada achieved the feat against Bangaldesh in Dhaka during a bilateral series that took place in 2015. He eventually bagged 6 wickets in the innings, giving away just 16 runs in 8 overs.
Makhaya Ntini vs Australia
Makhaya Ntini’s figures of 22/6 in 9.3 overs came way back in 2006 against Australia in a bilateral series at home.
Allan Donald vs Kenya
Allan Donald broke Kenya’s backbone of their batting line up during a KCA Centenary Tournament match at Nairobi in 1996. The right-hand fast bowler sent six Kenyan batsmen back in the hut and gave just 23 runs to give his team a mammoth 202-run victory over the minnows.
Shaun Pollock vs West Indies
The former Proteas skipper Shaun Pollock also registered his name in this list when he picked up 6 wickets in 10 overs against West Indies in East London after giving away 35 runs in a bilateral series match in 1999. This spell becomes more special as Pollock was the only pick among the bowlers. South Africa later stood on the losing side.