List of Top 5 Highest wicket-taker in ODI Cricket.
One-Day Internationals is the most prevalent format of cricket. It provides a barn-door of opportunities for both young and seasoned players to bring out their best skills. Batsmen are the most cheered upon in the game. Smashing terrific shots and hoarding up runs on the field, they get the crowd all hyped up. But with the entry of a wicket amassing bowler, the tables are turned. These wicket-taking bowlers can tame the match in favor of their team by eliminating the target building factors of the opposition team.
Celebrating their glory, we present the countdown of the top 5 highest wicket-takers in ODI cricket. Continue reading to find out who tops the list with the most number of wickets.
5. Shahid Afridi
The right-arm leg-spinner has proven his fortitude in every role of the game. Initially a fast bowler, Afridi eventually changed his style to spin bowling. His terrific leg-spinning made him a reliable wicket-taker mainly in the shorter formats of the game. He also established himself as a successful batsman, a reliable fielder, and a worthy captain of the Pakistan national team. His 7/12 in ODIs is his most remarkable performance. Shahid Afridi joins the bandwagon of most wicket-takers in ODI cricket at the fifth spot with 395 wickets in 398 matches.
4. Chaminda Vaas
Undoubtedly, the Sri Lankan team’s best pacer, Chaminda Vaas has broken several bowling records in his successful 15-year long career. Vasy played his inaugural international match on 15th February 1994 against India. Within a few years, he demonstrated himself as a high-prize bowler for the team. All thanks to his stupendous bowling figures the most remarkable ones of which include 8/19 and 6/25. Also, he is the only player to take an eight-wicket haul in ODI cricket. Standing fourth in the list of highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket, he has a total of 0f 400 scalps in 322 matches.
3. Waqar Younis
Not finding Waqar Younis‘ name in the list of most wicket-takers in ODIs would be considered from the left field. One of the very few players of the 90s period who had mastered his command over both the old and new balls. His toe crushing attacks delivered at a bowling pace averaging about 150 km/h made him a formidable bowler. Players with the likes of his gave Pakistan cricket some golden years during the 90s. His strike rate of 43.4 is the best for any player with over 300 wickets in Test and ODI cricket. A total of 416 wickets, the ‘Burewala Express’ ranks third among the highest wicket-takers in ODIs.
2. Wasim Akram
The first bowler to cross the mark of 500 wickets in ODI cricket and with 502 wickets, the second in the line of the highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket. The ‘Sultan of Swing’ required merely 356 matches to do so. Wasim Akram is one of the greatest bowlers of all time and rightfully so. The Pakistani pacer with his excellently delivered reverse swing had the capability of bowling over even the most destructive batsmen with brashness. The southpaw has a terrific bowling average of 23.52 in ODIs. Akram has 23 four-wicket haul and 6 five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket to his name.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan was the Sri Lanka cricket team’s nuke when it came to the extermination of batters. During his career, he earned many records that speak a lot about his excessive talent. A hot shot of spin bowling, he knew perfectly well how to make the best use of his ability to turn the ball on just any surface. His beautifully delivered ‘doosra’ gets much of credit for his success. In his around 19-year old long career, he stockpiled an exorbitant 534 wickets in ODI. With an average of 23.08, he has taken the most wickets in ODI in just 350 matches.