List of bowlers who have taken 300 or more wickets in ODI cricket

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Portrait of Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram, rated the best ODI bowler by Wisden in 2003,[1] is one of the two bowlers who have taken over 500 wickets in ODIs.[2]

Taking 300 or more wickets across a playing career is considered a significant achievement in One Day International (ODI) matches.[3] The feat, first achieved by Pakistani fast bowler Wasim Akram in October 1996,[4] has only been achieved by eleven cricketers in the history of the game as of 2013.[2] Akram was also the first player to reach 400 and 500 wicket feats.[3][5] Three Pakistani players have taken 300 or more wickets, along with three Sri Lankans, two Australians, two Indians, two New Zealanders and one South African player. Bangladesh, England,the West Indies and Zimbabwe are yet to see a player breach the 300 mark.[2]

As of March 2013, Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan has the highest aggregate with 534 wickets, and also achieved 10 five-wicket hauls.[2] Australian Glenn McGrath has the best bowling average amongst players to achieve the milestone, taking 381 wickets per 22.02 runs.[6] Brett Lee—another Australian cricketer— was the fastest to accomplish the feat, taking 171 ODIs to do so.[7] South African fast bowler Shaun Pollock is the most economical with 3.67 runs per over where as Lee has the best strike rate of 29.4 balls per wicket.[2] Amongst the players, Chaminda Vaas has the best bowling figures, eight wickets for 19 runs against Zimbabwe in 2001, which is the only occasion in the history of ODI cricket where a bowler took eight wickets in a match.[8] Waqar Younis took 13 five-wicket hauls which are the most by any bowler.[2] Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi are the only players to have scored more than 7,000 runs in the format.[9][10]

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300 or more ODI wickets[edit]

  • The list is initially arranged by the most number of wickets taken by a bowler. To sort this table by any statistic, click on the applicable header box beside (not on) the column title.
Bowlers who have taken 300 or more wickets in ODI
No. Bowler Team Mat. Inn Balls Runs Wkt Ave Econ SR BBM 5wl Period Ref
1 Muralitharan, MuttiahMuttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka 350 341 18,811 12,326 534 23.08 3.93 35.2 7/30 10 1992–2011 [11]
2 Akram, WasimWasim Akram  Pakistan 356 351 18,186 11,812 502 23.52 3.89 36.2 5/15 6 1985–2003 [12]
3 Younis, WaqarWaqar Younis  Pakistan 262 258 12,698 9,919 416 23.84 4.68 30.5 7/36 13 1989–2003 [13]
4 Vaas, ChamindaChaminda Vaas  Sri Lanka 322 320 15,775 11,014 400 27.53 4.18 39.4 8/19 4 1994–2008 [14]
5 Pollock, ShaunShaun Pollock  South Africa 303 297 15,712 9,631 393 24.50 3.67 39.9 6/35 5 1995–2008 [15]
6 McGrath, GlennGlenn McGrath  Australia 250 248 12,970 8,391 381 22.02 3.88 34.0 7/15 7 1993–2007 [16]
7 Lee, BrettBrett Lee  Australia 221 217 11,185 8,877 380 23.36 4.76 29.4 5/22 9 2000–12 [17]
8 Afridi, ShahidShahid Afridi  Pakistan 373 347 16,346 12,589 375 33.57 4.62 43.5 7/12 9 1996–present [10]
9 Kumble, AnilAnil Kumble  India 271 265 14,496 10,412 337 30.89 4.30 43.0 6/12 2 1990–2007 [18]
10 Jayasyriya, SanathSanath Jayasyriya  Sri Lanka 445 368 14,874 11,871 323 36.75 4.78 46.0 6/29 4 1989–2011 [9]
11 Srinath, JavagalJavagal Srinath  India 229 227 11,935 8,847 315 28.08 4.44 37.8 5/23 3 1991–2003 [19]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wisden CricInfo staff (27 January 2003). "All-time W100 ODI Top 10s". Wisden. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Record / One-Day Internationals / Bowling record / Most wickets in career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kureishi, Omar (31 January 2000). "Wasim's record – a remarkable feat". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012.  "It is a monumental achievement......the 300 mark.
  4. ^ "Wisden – Pakistan vs Zimbabwe". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan labour to victory". BBC Sport. 25 February 2003. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Record / One-Day Internationals / Bowling record / Best career bowling average". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Record / One-Day Internationals / Bowling record / Fastest to 300 wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "One Day International Bowlng Records – Best figures in an innings". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Player Profile: Sanath Jayasuriya". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Player Profile: Shahid Afridi". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Player Profile: Muttiah Muralitharan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Player Profile: Wasim Akram". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Player Profile: Waqar Younis". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Player Profile: Chaminda Vaas". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Player Profile: Shaun Pollock". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Player Profile: Glenn McGrath". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Player Profile: Brett Lee". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Player Profile: Anil Kumble". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Player Profile: Javagal Srinath". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 

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