The Top 5 Wicket-Takers In One Day Internationals

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The evolution of cricket took place due to the exciting and balanced structure of the game. Two teams engaged in the game get an equal opportunity to show their merits. In the course of the game, one team surpasses the other, mainly in terms of the total runs achieved, and wins the match. Cricket is a game that offers an opportunity for every player to showcase his talents. The availability of the cricket live video free is a great opportunity for the players to draw the attention of the audience. The balanced structure of the game has provided the development of the batsmen as well as the bowlers. The players also get chances to double as batsman and bowler, or batsman and wicket-keeper, while all share the responsibility of fielders. The uniformity of approach has helped cricket achieve the status of a star game in the mind of game enthusiasts around the world.

Apart from the batsmen in the matches, the wicket-takers or the bowlers also play a decisive role in the ultimate win or loss of a team. Many bowlers have stunned the world of cricket with their unmatched performances. Before the advent of the T20 format in cricket matches, by limited-over match, we meant the One Day International matches, where each team got the opportunity to bat or bowl for fifty overs. There are many remarkable wicket-takers in the history of the One Day Internationals. The following players have been listed here according to the number of wickets taken by them in ODIs as per next champions trophy news:

  1. Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan is considered to be the finest spinner the cricket world has ever seen. He is a renowned Sri Lankan Cricketer who has been honoured as a member of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He is regarded as the first player in cricket who took 1,000 wickets in the two main categories of international cricket matches. He is considered to be the only bowler taking 800 test wickets and over 530 ODI wickets. Muralitharan is the first wrist-spinning off-spinner in the history of this game. His distinct and unconventional bowling technique begins with a short run-up and finally ends with an open-chested, extremely wristy release from a somewhat rotated forearm. His extremely flexible wrist makes him incredibly talented and ensures his success on any kind of pitch. In 2000 and 2006, he was selected as the Wisden Leading Cricketer worldwide.

  1. Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram is one of the finest left-arm fast bowlers who could bowl with a remarkable pace. He started the unique style of reverse swing bowling. In 1984, Akram began his ODI career by playing in a match against New Zealand. In the third ODI match, he very efficiently took five wickets against Australia in the Benson & Hedges World Championship of 1985. In the World Cup of 2003, Akram successfully created the record of reaching the 500-wicket mark in an ODI match. Wasim is considered to be one of the ablest bowlers in ODI of all time. He successfully picked 23 four-wicket hauls in about 356 ODI Cricket matches. In the year 2009, Akram has inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. At present, he is considered to be the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in the history of One Day International cricket matches.

  1. Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis, the great Pakistani bowler, is regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers in the history of cricket. He played for Pakistan in about 87 Tests and 262 ODIs. His potential of reverse swinging the balls at very high speeds allowed him to take 373 Test wickets and 416 ODI wickets in his playing career. He is considered to be the second highest wicket-taker of Pakistan, who took 373 wickets in test matches. Moreover, at the young age of 18,  he became successful in taking five-wicket hauls in ODI innings. He created the record of taking the maximum number of 4 wicket hauls in ODI matches along with the most five-wicket hauls in 13 different matches.

  1. Chaminda Vaas

Chaminda Vaas is one of the greatest left-handed medium-pace bowlers Sri Lanka has ever produced. Vaas made the record of being the only bowler who took eight wickets in an ODI match. He is considered to be the youngest player to take 300 ODI wickets. In the 1996 World Cup, where Sri Lanka defeated Australia and became the champion for the first time,  Vaas played in all six matches. In the history of ODI, Vaas is the first player to take a hat-trick with the first three balls of a match. He ended his cricket career in 2009 with 355 Test wickets and 400 ODI wickets all total. Vaas is the only player who took 8-wicket hauls in ODI matches. Presently, he is regarded as one of the best bowlers in the history of ODI. He has been named in the World ODI XI by the ICC in the years 2004 and 2007 for his outstanding performances in his playing career.

  1. Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi is considered to be an all-rounder who was both an exceptionally talented right-handed leg spinner and a right-handed batsman. He played in 398 ODI matches and took a total of 395 wickets. He was successful in picking four 5-wicket hauls, along with nine 4-wicket hauls in his ODI playing career. In the ODI matches he played, Afridi took 541 wickets in total. He became the match winner for many years by taking 393 wickets in about 393 matches. In the match against West Indies, his record bowling figure of 7 for 12 is considered to be the second-best best in the history of ODI.


The bowlers choose their style of bowling according to the techniques most suited to their comfort zone. Some of them storm the field with their super-fast bowling speed, while others, like pacers and spinners, make intricate movements with their fingers to create magic with every delivery. Cricket is a game that requires hard work and dedication, irrespective of the position in the team. All the bowlers listed above have snatched their position as top wicket-takers in the One Day Internationals through steady performances during their eventful careers.

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