Bird’s eye view of cricket:Â Cricket is a team sport in which a team, apart from a wicket keeper will have a set of batsmen and a set of bowlers. In cricket maiden overs are important thoughÂ bowlersâ€™ main job is to take all the 10 wickets of the opposite side, and the batsman are expected defy the opponent teamâ€™s bowlers and score runs. When one side bats the other side bowls and fields to get all of the opponents out. Therefore, for any fielding side, the bowlerâ€™s main task is to take wickets.
Type of International Cricket Matches
Test Matches in Cricket
Till 1975 cricket has offered only one package, or one type of matches. They are known as test matches and it is played for 5 days. India, Pakistan, England, West Indies, New Zealand and Australia were teams that were accorded test status by the ICC, the global cricket governing body. Patronage of fans for this form of cricket, as most of the matches ended without any team winning (draw) the crowd visiting the stadium started to decline. This decline in following forced cricket management to think out of box. So, they came out with two variants.
The match ends within one day with a certain winner and loser. It always produces result. This format attracted huge crowds to the ground. It was a great financial success.
20-20 Format cricket
Another shorter version game in which a team is allowed to bat only for 20 overs. The match produces winner and loser in half a day. Crowds throng the stadium in a much bigger way.
Bowlers main duty in cricket is to bundle out opposition team, but as a side show, they also bowl maiden overs i.e. over in which no run is scored. This is also called restrictive bowling. This type of bowling assumes greater significance when the playing arena (pitch) does not assist bowlers in any way. This is also known as mind game, the more the batsman is frustrated (when not scoring runs) they bound to do something silly to score runs, which eventually led to their down fall. So many times, if a bowler bowls cricket maiden overs, they draw immense respect from the batsman and they commit hirakari when other bowls at the other end. Thus maiden overs at one end helps taking wickets other end.
The best cricket maiden overs performance in a Test Match
In 1963-64 England toured India. In that test series at Madras Test match (Corporation Stadium, Madras) Bapu Nadkarni, an orthodox left arm spinner produced a record of bowling 21 overs (131 in trot) without conceding a run, that means he was scored a single in the 22 nd overâ€™s last ball. The innings bowling figure was 32 overs, 27 maidens, 5 runs without taking a wicket. This wonderful cricket maiden overs performance helped other bowlers Chandu Borde to take 5 wickets and Salim Durrani to take 3 wickets. In short it was Nadkarni, who bowled to support others to take wickets. In the end England conceded first innings lead to India and the test match ended in a tame draw.
Notable performances in first cricket world cup 1975
The first cricket world cup was held in the year 1975 produced four outstanding bowling performances. Two of them go in favor of Bishen Singh Bedi, one each against Gary Gilmour, John Snow and Richard Hadlee.
It was during this inaugural world cup restrictive bowling gained ascendence over buying a wicket as a way to win matchs. In this world cup Bishen Singh Bedi, who replaced Bapu Nadkarni earlier, produced the most thrilling performance against East Africa. His figures read 12 overs, 8 maidens, 6 runs and 1 wicket. It is useful to note, first three world cups were played for 60 overs and a bowler can bowl a maximum of 12 overs. In the same world cup Bishen Singh Bedi put up another stellar performance when bowling against a better side i.e. New Zealand. His bowling performance against New Zealand reads as follows: 12 overs, 6 maidens, 28 runs and 1 wicket to a losing cause.
Gary Gilmour of Australia playing in his debut match against England in the Semi Final produced one of the most memorable performance with the ball. He was left handed fast medium bowler. His semi final performance runs like this 12 overs, 6 maidens, 14 runs, and 6 wickets. This helped Australia to restrict England to a very low score of 92, and Australia eventually won the match. (Australia too lost 6 wickets before Doug Walters helped Aussies to win the match and enter finals).
John Snow, a right hand fast bowler of England, too produced a great spell in this world cup. Against East Africa he bowled 12 overs, 6 maidens, 11 runs, and 4 wickets. Likewise Richard Hadlee the right hand fast medium bowler of New Zealand came out with an outstanding performance of 12 overs, 6 maidens, 10 runs, and no wicket.
The modern day cricket is all about batsman scoring runs. It is loaded heavily against the bowlers, who toil very hard to make an impression. With the advent of bat with more weight, bowling a dot ball has become increasingly difficult for the bowlers. ICC is considering standardizing the weight of the cricket bat, to help bowlers, hopefully bowl more cricket maiden overs.