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top 10 ODI wicket-takers in cricket HISTORY

Top 10 ODI Wicket-Takers in Cricket- List In Brief

ODI cricket is the most played format in International cricket. This format has not been only for batsmen, we have seen many batsmen score over 10000 runs but still, it’s a bowler who makes the match interesting turn it around completely. Let’s take a gaze at the bowlers who have dominated in One Day international cricket. Here is the list of the top 10 ODI Wicket-Takers in cricket.

1. Muttiah Muralitharan

Like test cricket, Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker in the history of ODI cricket. He has represented Sri Lanka IN ODI cricket from 1993 to 2011. He was one of the toughest bowlers to play.

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF    economy      5-wicket haul
350       534      23.08     35.2        7/30    3.93            10

2. Wasim Akram

The best left-arm fast bowler of all time Wasim Akram is the second-highest wicket-taker in ODI format. He has played ODI cricket for 19 years (1984-2003) for Pakistan. He was known for his unplayable swing balls. 

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
356       502      23.52     36.2       5/15     3.89         6

3. Waqar Younis 

The third highest wicket in ODI is none other than the reverse swing king, the legend of Pakistan Waqar Younis. He hanged his boots from ODIs After torturing the batsmen for 14 years. 

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
262      416       23.84     30.5       7/36    4.68         13

4. Chaminda Vaas 

Chaminda Vaas the Srilankan fast bowler is the 4h highest wicket-taker in the history of ODI cricket. The veteran bowler has played 12 years (1996-2008) of One Day cricket for Sri Lanka, he was known for his swings. History will always remember him as one of the great fast bowlers of ODI cricket.

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
322        400     27.53     39.04      8/19    4.18          9

5. Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi holds the record of 6th highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket. The bowling all-rounder has been around for 19 years (1996-2015). The leggie used to bowl a bit fast and was an outstanding googly bowler.

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
398        395     34.51     44.7       7/12     4.62        4

6. Shaun Pollock 

Shaun Pollock, who is only South African on this list, is the 6th highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket. His ODI career was of 12 years (1996-2008). 

Pollock used to bowl at 125-130 km/hr but his line, length, and swing made the batsman struggle. 

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
303       393      24.50     39.9       6/35    3.6          5

7. Glenn McGrath 

Glenn McGrath is the 7th highest wicket-taker in ODIs. He is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers the world has ever seen. McGrath is the highest wicket-taker in the ODIs for Australia also. His international career was of 14 long years (1993-2007).

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
250        381      22.02     34        7/15    3.88        7

8. Brett Lee

Brett Lee is the second Australian bowler on the list. He is the 8th highest wicket-taker in ODI format. He was one of the fastest bowlers in the world and choked the batsmen with his raw pace. He represented Australia for 12 years (2000-2012). 

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
221       380      23.36     29.4       5/22    4.76    9

9. Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga has dominated white-ball cricket especially. He was known for his yorkers and slower deliveries. He has been playing for Sri Lanka since 2015. He is also the highest wicket-taker of Sri Lanka.

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
226       338      28.87     32.3       6/38    5.35        8

10. Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble is the 10th highest wicket-taker in the world in One Day internationals. He is also India’s highest wicket-taker in ODIs and tests both. He is the bowler who grabbed 10 wickets in an innings in a test match against Pakistan in 1999. He has played 17 years of ODI cricket (1990-2007).

matches   wickets   avg    strike rate   BBF   economy   5-wicket haul
271       337         30.89     43       6/12    4.30       2
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