Top 5 bowlers to get the fastest 100 wickets in ODIs.
Being a reliable wicket-taker for your team comes with a massive responsibility. In order to achieve that, one needs to be utterly focused and consistent to deliver match-winning performances. There are bowlers who have more often than not proved their importance in contributing to the victory of their team. These bowlers have ensured they do that while achieving record-making feats. And surpassing the fastest 100 wickets benchmark in ODI cricket is one such biggie.
In this article, we zoom into the top 5 bowlers who hold the record of the fastest 100 wickets in ODIs.
1. Rashid Khan
Afghanistan’s dynamic bowler, Rashid Khan, is not only the fastest but also the youngest player to achieve the feat of taking 100 wickets in ODI format. It was in his 44th match, which was against West Indies when Khan bowled out his 100th wicket. The bowler has shown tremendous growth in his game since the time he made his international debut in 2015 and interestingly enough this youngster has captained his national side in all formats of the game.
2. Mitchell Starc
Before Rashid Khan broke his record, the Australian national team’s bowler Mitchell Starc held the record of getting the fastest 100 wickets in ODI. He achieved the milestone in only 52 matches. The left-arm pacer hunted his 100th wicket in the match against Sri Lanka 0n 21 August 2016 in which he got a 3-wicket haul.
3. Saqlain Mushtaq
The pioneer of ‘doosra’ Saqlain Mushtaq falls one match behind Mitchell Starc in accomplishing the coup of fastest 100 wickets in the ODI. It was in his 53rd match when the weathered player of Pakistan accomplished this landmark. Saqlain Mushtaq crossed the 100 wickets mark in the match against Sri Lanka in Gwalior.
During his tenure, Mushtaq became the first cricketer of Pakistan to take a hat-trick a World Cup match.
4. Shane Bond
Even with his limited international match appearances owing to a plethora of injuries, Shane Bond never lagged from showcasing some incredible performances. Being the fourth-fastest player to take 100 wickets in the ODI cricket. The Kiwi took only 54 knockouts to triumph the title. Englishman Kevin Pietersen became the 100th victim of the former New Zealand bowler in England versus New Zealand ODI match on 23rd January 2007.
5. Mustafizur Rahman
The left-arm fast-medium specialist bowler of Bangladesh has made a name for himself with his stellar performances in every format of cricket. Ever since he made his international debut with his T20I match against Pakistan in 2015, he has only upturned his game. Mustafizur Rahhman has crossed the benchmark of knocking out the fastest 100 wickets in ODI in 54 matches and occupies the fifth spot in this feat.
He is often referred to as ‘The Frizz’ as the bowler holds the distinction of holding the record of being the first player to win ‘Man of the Match’ award in both of his debuts of Test and ODI cricket.