Top 5 bowlers to get the fastest 300 wickets in ODIs.
The thrills one experiences while watching their favorite bowler slay the opponent batsman in the game are one of a kind. But for a bowler to achieve the dismissal of a run-piling batsman is no facile task. To stack-up wickets, one needs to be highly consistent and aim with precision to hit the bull’s eye. And with tremendous hard work and sheer dedication, some bowlers have distinguished themselves as legends of the sport.
In this list, we rave over the Top 5 bowlers who acquired the merit of being the fastest 300 wickets takers in ODI cricket.
1. Brett Lee
Only a handful of players have been able to match the lightning speed of Brett Lee’s bowling which has victimized numerous batsmen. This spectacular pacer had always been the most reliable bowler for the Australian team, especially in the shorter formats. His terrific deliveries have helped them in winning two ICC World Cup titles. Throughout his career, Lee achieved many records and his fastest 300 wickets in ODI remains his best, grabbing the laurel in merely 171 matches.
2. Waqar Younis
His grit while delivering his trademark reverse-swinging yorker made him an exceedingly intimidating bowler. As a result of this, the ‘Burewala Express’ boasts of an astounding number of records to his name. One of the greatest bowlers of all time, Waqar Younis ranks second in acquiring the quickest 300 wickets in ODI cricket. The former cricketer of the Pakistan national team achieved this feat in only 186 matches. He made history in the knockout against the Proteas on 28 March 2000.
3. Glenn McGrath
Arguably one of the finest seamers in the history of cricket. It was because of the contribution of legendary players with the likes of him that Australia is counted as one of the best teams. Glenn McGrath easily accomplished the milepost of the third fastest 300 wickets in ODI cricket with his impeccable bowling. In doing so he required as many as 200 matches only. Additionally, he holds the record of taking the most number of wickets in World Cups, which is one of his many achievements.
4. Muttiah Muralitharan
Occupying the fourth position in this list, Muttiah Muralitharan settled his 300 wickets in ODI cricket in his 202nd match. Moreover, he is the fastest to achieve this coup in the Sri Lanka national team. Barring the controversies surrounding his bowling action, owing to his injuries, he has had an impressive career. The former cricketer holds the distinction of being the only Sri Lankan to be inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
5. Lasith Malinga
With 203 matches in attaining the 300 wickets mark, Lasith Malinga takes the 5th seat in the list of the top 5 fastest 300 wickets in ODIs. It was in the match versus The Men in Blue in 2017 when the ace Sri Lankan bowler celebrated his 300th scalp. By dint of his supremely mastered yorkers, he is popularly known as the ‘Yorker King’. He also holds the title of most number of hat-tricks, in addition to being the only bowler to take two hat-tricks in the World Cups.