ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. India were piling on the runs, only to be derailed by Tim Bresnan. Having already clipped Sehwag's wings, he made further inroads - claiming four more top/middle-order wickets. The home team slumped from 305 for 4 to 338 all out. Bresnan was highly restrictive and his effort (5 for 48 in 10 overs) remains the highest impact bowling performance across India-England encounters in India.
Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1982/'83. Brisbane. David Gower absorbs pressure against New Zealand and hammers 158 off just 118 balls, highlighted by a 113-run stand for the fifth wicket with Derek Randall. This was Gower's highest impact performance, and remained the highest impact ODI performance by any batsman in Australia till AB de Villiers' blitzkrieg against West Indies in Sydney (2015) surpassed it.
New Year's Test, 1981. Sydney. Greg Chappell takes centre stage after Australia skittle India for 201. Absorbing pressure (two early wickets) and building partnerships, he scores 204. Australia amass 406 and proceed to beat India by an innings and four runs. This remained the highest impact batting performance of Chappell's Test career and was also, at the time, the second-highest impact batting performance in a New Year's Test.
Boxing Day, 1986. Gladstone Small prised Australia open - claiming five top/middle-order wickets (5-48) - as England knocked the old enemy over for 141. He would claim two more in the second innings (2-40) in what would be an historic Ashes triumph. This remains the second-highest impact bowling performance in the history of Boxing Day Test matches (after Sydney Barnes' effort in Johannesburg in 1913), and the highest post-war.
January 1990, Adelaide. Facing a deficit of 84 runs, Pakistan were reduced to 90 for 5 when Wasim Akram walked out to bat. Unfazed by the pressure, he scored 123 (to go with his 52 in the first innings) and shared a 191-run partnership for the sixth wicket with skipper Imran Khan. This was, at the time, the second-highest impact batting performance by a Pakistani in Tests in Australia (till Asad Shafiq's heroics at the Gabba in 2016).
January 2010, Sydney. Mohammad Asif's 6-41 (including 5 top/middle-order wickets) rolled the hosts over for 127 on Day 1. He took two more in the match and was, by far, the most economical. The visitors lost, but Asif's was the third-highest impact bowling performance by a Pakistani in Tests in Australia - and the highest in two decades, since Wasim Akram's heroics in Melbourne (Jan 1990).
Shane Bond's 5-23 in 9.3 overs (including 4 top-middle order wickets) annihilated Australia in the series opener of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in Wellington in 2007. The visitors were routed for 148 and New Zealand went on to win by 10 wickets. It remains Bond's second-highest impact bowling performance of his ODI career.
Wasim Akram (3-66 and 5-45) and Waqar Younis (4-59 and 5-22) produced high impact performances with the ball as Pakistan defended their lowest target in Test cricket (a record still intact) of 127 in a one-off Test in Hamilton in 1993 bowling out New Zealand for 93. Interestingly, Inzamam-ul-Haq also produced the second-highest impact performance of his career (23 and 75, both under pressure) in this Test match.
After crushing defeats in Calcutta and Madras, England again succumbed to the spin trio of Kumble, Chauhan and Raju in the third Test in Bombay (India won by an innings an 15 runs). Kumble and Chauhan gave series-defining performances while Raju was the third-highest impact bowler of the series, right behind them. The series revolutionized Indian Test cricket history.
Mohammad Azharuddin's 182 in just 197 balls against England in the series opener at the Eden Gardens (1993) ushered in a new era in Indian Test cricket history. Not only did India go on to sweep the series 3-0, it also remained unbeaten in home series that entire decade. Azharuddin's knock remains the second-highest impact batting performance (in a series-context) by an Indian in Test cricket.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz took 12 wickets (6-82 & 6-77) to hand Bangladesh a historic series-levelling win against England at Mirpur. Tamim Iqbal, Shakib-Al-Hasan and Imrul Kayes also produced high impact performances in Mirpur and joined Miraz to become the first set of players to produce a series-defining performance in Bangladesh's Test cricket history.
Imran Khan produced the highest impact bowling performance of his career, 6-14 in 10 overs (5 top/middle-order wickets), skittling India for 125 in Sharjah (1985), but still ended on the losing side as Pakistan were routed for 87 (lowest successful defense in ODI history). At the time, this was the highest impact ODI bowling performance in a losing cause.
Gary Gilmour returned with 6-14 (in 12 overs; all top-middle order wickets) to bowl out England for 93 in the first semi-final of the 1975 World Cup at Leeds. He followed that up with an unbeaten run-a-ball 28 (under pressure, from 39 for 6) to take Australia to a spectacular four-wicket win. This remains the second-highest impact performance in ODI history.
In a run-feast like never before (or since), which saw the highest aggregate ever in ODI cricket, a stand-out performance has been forgotten. In a match where the average run-rate was 8.73, Nathan Bracken's 5-67 (including 4 top-middle order wickets) turned out to be the second-highest impact performance of the match (after Gibbs' 175 in 111 balls). It was also the highest impact bowling performance of his career.
Harbhajan Singh surpassed his highest impact Test performance in the epoch-changing win at Kolkata to give India a thrilling series win in the third and final Test in Chennai. He picked up 7-133 and 8-84 and remained unbeaten in a nail-biting two-wicket win. This remains the highest impact performance of his Test career.
The third-highest impact performance in ODI history - Viv Richards, unfazed by falling wickets, smashes an unbeaten 170-ball-189 to help West Indies to 272 in the 1984 Texaco Trophy opener in Manchester. He then returns to claim two middle-order wickets as England are shot out for 168.
Kagiso Rabada has the best frequency of producing a high impact performance with the ball (7 such performances in 20 matches) and has also produced two series-defining (SD) performances in this period. Here we see his SD (3-34 in 9 overs; all top/middle order wickets) against England in the series decider at Cape Town in February 2016.
Tillakaratne Dilshan's two highest impact ODI performances came in consecutive home series' against the Proteas in 2013 and 2014. Here's one of them - the 2nd ODI at Pallekele (2014) where, opening the innings, he scored 86 (Sri Lanka 267) and then returned to take 3-40 (including the wickets of de Villiers and Miller). South Africa were bowled out for 180.
New Zealand have won just three Tests in South Africa (out of a total of 23). Their last victory came in 1994-95 in the opener in Johannesburg (although they went on to lose the next two Tests). Here is a footage from that series where Simon Doull (highest impact bowler for NZ) and Shane Thomson (highest impact batsman for NZ) stood out for New Zealand.
Wasim Akram is one of only two sub-continental players (along with Sangakkara) to register two series-defining performances in Tests in England. His 3-36 and 2-55 coupled with a quickfire 43 at Leeds gave Pakistan an innings win in the only result Test in 1987. And in the deciding Test at The Oval in 1992 (see video above), he picked up 6-67 and 3-36 and led his team to a famous ten-wicket win.