Sachin Tendulkar had a celebrated international career. But his bowling often went unnoticed. He was more than just a handful with the ball. Tendulkar often broke key partnerships and was called the man with the golden arm. He even won a couple of games with the ball alone. Tendulkar sent down a total of 8054 deliveries in ODI cricket (1342.2 overs). He in fact has bowled more overs in ODI’s than a few of the decorated legends. Sachin Tendulkar bowling in ODIs overs than few legends.
StumpsandBails looks at 5 bowlers who bowled fewer overs in ODI’s as compared to Sachin Tendulkar:
5 BOWLING RECORDS HELD BY SACHIN TENDULKAR IN ODI’S
#5 Imran Khan (7461)
Here are the 5 legends who bowled less than Sachin Tendulkar bowling in ODIs. Imran Khan-led Pakistan to a World Cup win in 1992. He was an outstanding bowler across both Tests and ODIs. Khan bowled many fantastic spells across 3 decades. Even then he ended up bowling less than Tendulkar. He sent down 7461 deliveries a 100 overs less than Tendulkar.
#4 Mitchell Johnson (7849)
Mitchell Johnson is a two-time World Cup winner (2007 & 2015). His slinging left-arm action was quite a handful for many opposition batsmen. He had a celebrated ODI career and lined up great batsmen. But Johnson too falls short of Tendulkar’s magic in ODIs. He bowled 33 overs less than Tendulkar in his ODI career.
#3 Lance Klusener (7336)
Lance Klusener was probably one of the best all-rounders in the ODI format. His finishing skills were par none and continue to remain a gold standard. He was pretty good with the ball too. Klusener sent down 7336 deliveries in the ODI format. Tendulkar led Klusener in the bowling department sending over 650 balls more comparatively.
#2 Shoaib Akhtar (7764)
Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar shared a fierce rivalry. Akhtar made an impression on world cricket when he bowled Tendulkar off a full toss in the Kolkata Test in 1999. Since then their contest has always been labeled the benchmark in world cricket. Akhtar was a devastating bowler on his day. But Tendulkar has surprisingly bowled more overs than Akhtar in ODIs. Akhtar has bowled 7764 delivers in ODI’s as compared to Tendulkar’s 8054.
#1 Dale Steyn (6256)
Dale Steyn is a bonafide bowling legend of the game. He terrified opponents with his sheer presence. Steyn was a wicket-taker who could strike at any point of the game. But Steyn sent down just 6256 deliveries in ODI cricket wherein he picked up 196 wickets. He delivered almost 2000 balls less as compared to Tendulkar.