Top 5 bowlers to get the fastest 50 wickets in ODIs.
Bowlers have always played a pivotal role in giving a decisive streak to the game. When the opponent team persistently keeps heaping up scores, every team wishes to put a stop to the run machines. And that’s where the wicket-taking stars come for rescue. These bowlers change the whole course of the game with their wicket-taking spell.
More often than not, the records held by a bowler speaks a lot about his credibility as an individual. Here we take a look at the top 5 bowlers who have racked up the fastest 50 wickets in the 50-over format.
1. Ajantha Mendis
The former Sri Lankan bowler has to date maintained his record of the fastest 50 wickets in ODIs. Often referred to as the “mysterious spinner”, the player is known for bowling mindboggling deliveries, and his difficult to comprehend bowling style.
Ajantha Mendis made his international debut in 2008 against West Indies and accomplished the feat in just 19 matches. He has got numerous titles to his name, including the first Sri Lankan cricketer to dismiss 8 wickets in his debut Test match and holder of the ICC ‘Emerging Player of the Year’ award in 2008.
2. Ajit Agarkar
The top spot of the fastest fifty in ODI was previously occupied by Ajit Agarkar, achieving it in only 23 matches before Mendis stormed in and took possession of the title. The former star bowler of team India has been a major advantage for the squad during his tenure. Moreover, he is one of the fastest wicket-takers in the history of Indian cricket. The pacer reached this mark in the match against Zimbabwe on 30th September 1998, the same year he played his debut ODI.
3. Mitchell McClenaghan
The left-arm medium-pace bowler takes the third spot in this line-up and the first one for the New Zealand team. The player crossed the 50 wickets mark in his 23rd match, the knockout against South Africa in the Mount Maunganui cricket ground. Mitchell McClenaghan lags behind Agarkar in terms of the time duration taken by him which was almost 2 years from his debut.
4. Dennis Lillee
The legendary Dennis Lillee inspired generations of bowlers with his astounding fast-paced bowling. The Australian cricketer acquires the 4th position in the list of the quick fastest fifty wickets in ODI. The ICC Cricket Hall of Famer completed his 50 scalps in the match against India, his 24th ODI. Lillee remains one of the most celebrated sportspersons of Australia of all time.
5. Hasan Ali
After making a spectacular ODI debut in 2016, Pakistan’s fiery bowler Hasan Ali never ceased climbing up the ladder. With his outstanding game, he led his team towards a glorious victory in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament. Under his first-rated performance, he had 13 dismissals to his name in the tournament. The medium-fast bowler has time and again proved his mettle. Hasan Ali achieved the fastest 50 wickets in the ODI milestone in the match versus Sri Lanka on 18th October 2017. It took him just 24 matches to get hold of the title.