For the bowlers, scoring runs whilst also batting at 11 can be incredibly hard. The weight of being the team’s last batter can be heavy on their shoulders. Furthermore, the strength of bowlers on the opposing team is oftenly greater, as the team is frequently looking to close out the innings with the last few wickets.
Bowlers quite often find it difficult to make contact with the ball, and as a result of compression, their technique can suffer. They also become more prone to human error, like missing a shot or misreading a delivery. Fast bowlers, in specific, can pose a serious threat because they can generate pace and swing, making it difficult for tailenders to score runs.
Despite all that, there have been some tail-end bowlers who have managed to survive all the scare of being a number 11 batsman and has scored a good chunk of runs in their career.
Today in this article, we take a look at 5 bowlers who have scored most runs while batting at number 11 position. The list is in no order.
Veteran and former Australian cricket team’s pace bowler Glenn McGrath one of the most well known name during his playing days. McGrath is mainly known for his brilliant pace bowling, but you know what, he has also contributed brilliant with the bat for his team while batting at number 11. McGrath scored 603 runs in his Test career while batting at number 11.
Former Sri Lanka cricket cricket team’s veteran spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan is one of the world cricket best spin bowler. Muralitharan is counted among the top bowler to have taken most wickets in their cricketing career. Muralitharan though was not just a good spin bowler, but he contributed significantly with the bat as well he scored 623 runs while batting at number 11 for Sri Lanka.
England cricket team’s pacer James Anderson is a terrific bowler who is very difficult to play against for any batsman in the world. He has 675 wickets to his name in his 177 matches. But he has contributed significantly with the bat as well. He has scored 642 runs in those matches while playing for the England national team.
New Zealand cricket team’s left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult is considered one of the best bowlers of this generation. Boult is a very important member of the New Zealand cricket team, especially with the bowl, but not that he didn’t contribute with the bat. Boult has a brilliant record with the bat as he has scored 644 runs while batting at number 11.