There have been a lot of bowlers who have shown brilliant performances in their careers. They may not have taken the most wickets but still, many of them left an impressive which still makes them the best bowlers in cricket history.
In this article, we will be discussing those players who took most of the wickets in a one-day international career.
TP 15 PLAYERS WHO TOOK MOST WICKETS IN ODI
15. Saqlain Mushtaq – On the 15th position, we have Saqlain Mushtaq a former player who used to play for the Pakistan cricket team. He is considered one of the best bowlers that the world has ever seen. Mushtaq started his international career in 1995 and throughout his career, he played 169 ODI matches where he took 288 wickets.
He also had six five-wicket hauls in ODI and his best bowling figure is 5 wickets for 20 runs. Mushtaq got retired from cricket in 2004. Since 2016, Mushtaq has been working as a coach for the England team. Saqlan has made many records in his cricket career.
14. Shane Warne – The next player on the list is Australian former cricketer Shane Warne. Shane Warne used to be the captain of the Australian cricket team. Warne played 194 One day international matches in his career in which he scored more than 1000 runs and took 293 wickets.
He had a five-wicket haul too. Warne has taken more than 2300 wickets in all formats of the game combined. Warne also works as a commentator in many international matches and also has numerous endorsements. Warne also had a lot of records made to his name in his cricket career.
13. Daniel Vettori – Daniel Vettori is a player from the New Zealand cricket team. Vettori is a left-arm spin bowler who took 305 wickets in his 295 ODI matches. He also scored more than 2200 runs there. He has two five-wicket hauls and his best figure is 5 wickets for conceding just 7 runs.
He also got a bronze medal in the commonwealth games 1998. Vettori was the captain of the New Zealand team from 2007 to 2011. He is also one of those few players who have taken more than 300 wickets in test and have also scored more than 3000 runs. However, Vettori is the coach for the Bangladesh cricket team.
12. Javagal Srinath – The next position in the list is held by an Indian former cricketer. Javagal Srinath is a former player and a current referee for ICC. He was a brilliant bowler of his time.
Srinath played 229 ODI matches in his career and he took 315 wickets with t3 five-wicket hauls. Srinath retired from the Indian team in the year 2003.
11. Sanath Jayasuriya – Next on the list is a Sri Lankan player, who used to be the captain of the Sri Lankan team. Not only is Jayasuriya a great bowler, but he was an outstanding batsman too. Talking about his records, Jayasuriya is the only player in the world who has scored more than 10000 runs as well as took more than 300 wickets in ODI cricket.
About the scored that Jayasuriya made in his ODI career, he played around 445 matches in which he scored 13430 runs out of which, there were 28 centuries and 68 half-centuries. His top score in ODI cricket is 189 runs. About his bowling, he took 323 wickets with 4 five-wicket hauls. Jayasuriya is the second-highest Man of the Match awarded player in ODI history.
10. Anil Kumble – Anil Kumble is the Indian player who got the most ODI wickets for India. Anil Kumble used to be the captain of the Indian Cricket team and also works as a coach and commentator after retirement. Kumble is a spin bowler and has taken more than 600 wickets in test cricket.
About his ODI figures, he has played 271 matches and took 337 wickets with 2 five-wicket hauls. His best bowling figure is six wickets for 12 runs in ODI. He has taken 10 wickets in a single match 30 times in his career. Kumble has been awarded the Arjuna award and Padma Shri along with other awards. Even after retirement, he still holds a lot of records that haven’t yet been broken.
9. Lasith Malinga – we have another Sri Lankan player on the list who was one of the most dangerous bowlers in the world. He has a unique bowling style and batsmen were quite uncomfortable with that. Malinga is so far the only bowler to take four wickets in four balls back to back.
Malinga played 226 matches in One Day International and took 338 wickets. He also had 8 five-wicket hauls in his career. Malinga is so far the only bowler in the world who has taken three hat-tricks in ODI cricket. Later his retirement, he was the coach for the Mumbai Indians team in the IPL.
8. Brett Lee – Next on the list is the Australia pacer, Brett Lee. Brett Lee was considered one of the fastest bowlers of his time. He played 221 ODI matches where he scored 1176 runs and took 380 wickets.
He took five wickets in a single match more than 9 times in his career. Brett Lee has been awarded numerous awards in his career. Lee is currently working as a coach for Sri Lanka and Ireland cricket teams.
7. Glenn McGrath – we have another Australian player in the list on the seventh rank. McGrath used to be a pace bowler. He played 250 ODI matches in his career where he took 381 runs with 7 five-wicket hauls. His best bowling figure is 7 wickets for 15 runs in ODI. He has also taken out the whole team three times in test matches.
6. Shaun Pollock – Shaun Pollock is a former South African cricketer who currently works as a commentator for international matches. Shaun Pollock took 393 wickets in his ODI career along with scoring more than 3500 runs. He has also hit a century and 14 half-centuries. Pollock has 5 five wickets hauls in his ODI career.
5. Shahid Afridi – Next on the list is the Pakistani spin bowler Shahid Afridi. Afridi has also been the captain of the Pakistani cricket team for a long time. Also, he is the fastest spin bowler in the world. Afridi was one of the most successful players on the Pakistan cricket team.
Afridi has played 398 ODI matches where he scored more than 8000 runs and took 395 wickets 9 five-wicket hauls. His best bowling figures are 7 wickets for 12 runs.
4. Chaminda Vaas – Another Sri Lankan cricketer makes it to the list of top bowlers in the world. Vaas used to be the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Vaas has taken 8 wickets in a single ODI match in his career and he is the only one in the world to do that.
Vaas has played 322 ODI matches in which he took 400 wickets with 4 five-wicket hauls. His batting score in ODI is 2025. Vaas is currently the bowling coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team.
3. Waqar Younis – On the third position, there is another former Pakistani cricketer who is also a coach and a commentator. In Waqar Younis’ career of 262 One Day internationals, he took 416 wickets along with the best figure of 7 for 36.
Younis had 13 five-wicket hauls in his career. He was a spin bowler and his high-speed reverse swing was the most famous. He is also an inductee in the Hall of Fame of the International Cricket Council.
2. Wasim Akram – one of the multi-talented players from Pakistan, Wasim Akram is a coach, commentator, and former captain of the team. Wasim Akram is one of the two players in the world who have taken more than 500 wickets in their ODI career.
If we talk about his wickets in all three formats of the game, he has taken 1948 wickets in his career. He has 101 five-wicket hauls and 26 ten-wicket hauls. There is also a book written on Wasim Akram.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan – Muttiah Muralitharan is the man who took the most wickets in ODI cricket in the world. Muralitharan is also a former cricketer from the Sri Lankan cricket team. He was the first player in the world to take 800 wickets in Test Cricket.
He has taken 534 ODI wickets with 10 five-wicket hauls. Also, he has taken more than 2700 wickets in his international cricket career. He has also received tons of awards for his terrific cricket career.
WHICH INDIAN PLAYER HAS GOT MAXIMUM WICKETS IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET?
In India, the player who has taken the highest number of wickets in International cricket is none other than the terrific bowler Anil Kumble. Anil Kumble top the list with 953 international wickets. Kumble retired from cricket in 2008 and since then no one could beat his score.
So, Do you think there is anyone out there in the country who will be able to break Kumble’s record?