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List of Top 10 Most Wickets in ODI Cricket History

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M Muralitharan (Asia/ICC/SL) 1993-2011 350 341 18811 12326 534 7/30 23.08 3.93 35.2 15 10
Wasim Akram (PAK) 1984-2003 356 351 18186 11812 502 5/15 23.52 3.89 36.2 17 6
Waqar Younis (PAK) 1989-2003 262 258 12698 9919 416 7/36 23.84 4.68 30.5 14 13
WPUJC Vaas (Asia/SL) 1994-2008 322 320 15775 11014 400 8/19 27.53 4.18 39.4 9 4
Shahid Afridi (Asia/ICC/PAK) 1996-2015 398 372 17670 13632 395 7/12 34.51 4.62 44.7 4 9
SM Pollock (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2008 303 297 15712 9631 393 6/35 24.50 3.67 39.9 12 5
GD McGrath (AUS/ICC) 1993-2007 250 248 12970 8391 381 7/15 22.02 3.88 34.0 9 7
B Lee (AUS) 2000-2012 221 217 11185 8877 380 5/22 23.36 4.76 29.4 14 9
SL Malinga (SL) 2004-2019 226 220 10936 9760 338 6/38 28.87 5.35 32.3 11 8
A Kumble (Asia/INDIA) 1990-2007 271 265 14496 10412 337 6/12 30.89 4.30 43.0 8 2

Since its inception, Cricket has grown into various formats that have reduced the time and overs. Earlier, Test Cricket was played that continued for a span of five days. The development in Cricket led to the foundation of One Day International Cricket. ODI Cricket is a contest of a 50-over game between two sides.

The ODI format has brought the bowlers into the actors who play a crucial role in defending runs for the team. Each bowler is allowed to bowl a maximum of 10 overs in an ODI. The pacers bowl in the power play as well as in the depth whereas the spinners play an important role in the middle overs.

Many bowlers have bowled significantly for their countries and grabbed important wickets. Here is the list of the Top 10 most wickets in ODI cricket:

Top 10 Most Wickets in ODI | Cricket Records

#10 Anil Kumble, India

(337 wickets)

Anil Kumble in odi
Anil Kumble in odi

Anil Kumble was an Indian Leg Spinner and the Captain of India’s Test Cricket Team. Kumble is regarded as one of the most successful bowlers for India in international cricket. He was appointed the Head Coach of India and managed the team at the ICC World Cup, 2019.

Kumble has taken 337 wickets in his 271 matches career and holds the record of 10th most wickets in ODI. Kumble’s best bowling figure in ODI is 6/12 and has successfully picked up two five-wicket hauls and ten four-wicket hauls. His average was 30.89 and an economy of 4.30.

#9 Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka

(338 wickets)

Lasith Malinga in ODI
Lasith Malinga in ODI

Lasith Malinga is one of the most successful pacers for Sri Lanka in international cricket. Malinga has been destructive to the opposition in every format. He is widely recognized for his unique bowling action and brilliant pace along with line and length.

Malinga has claimed 338 wickets in his career which is the 9th most wickets in ODI. He has picked up 8 five-wicket hauls and 11 four-wicket hauls in ODI cricket. Malinga averages around 28.87 and has a healthy economy of 5.35.

#8 Brett Lee, Australia

(380 wickets)

Brett Lee in odi
Brett Lee in odi

Brett Lee is known as one of the most fierce and aggressive pacers in world cricket. The Australian quickie has been ruthless to the opposition and has been the second most successful bowler for Australia in ODI cricket. His outstanding bowling action is praised by all the cricketing experts and analysts.

Brett Lee has picked up 380 wickets in his 221 matches career and holds the record of 8th most wickets in ODI. Brett Lee’s best figures in ODI are 5/22 and he maintained a remarkable average of 23.36 and economy of 4.76. Lee has claimed 9 five-wicket hauls and 14 four-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.

#7 Glenn McGrath, Australia

(381 wickets)

Glenn McGrath in odi
Glenn McGrath in odi

Glenn McGrath was a stupendous Australian Right-Handed fast bowler who bowled magnificently. McGrath was part of the Australian team when they won three successive world cups. McGrath’s excellent line and length troubled every great batsman in cricket.

McGrath picked up 381 wickets in 250 matches played in his career. He holds the record of 7th most wickets in ODI. The best bowling figure for McGrath in ODI was 7/15. He picked up 7 five-wicket hauls and 9 four-wicket hauls in his career. McGrath was highly praised for his accuracy as he averaged 22.02 and maintained an economy of 3.88.

#6 Shaun Pollack, South Africa

(393 wickets)

Shaun Pollack in ODI
Shaun Pollack in ODI

Shaun Pollack was the most successful bowler for South Africa in ODI as well as Test Cricket. Pollack was a Right-Arm fast bowler who was widely recognized for his aggressive nature, accurate bowling, and unique bowling action.

Pollack succeeded in picking 393 wickets in his long span of 303 matches. Pollack claimed the 6th most wickets in ODI and his best figures were 6/35. He claimed 5 wicket-haul and a massive 14 four-wicket haul in ODI. Pollack retired with a remarkable average of 24.50 and an economy of 3.67.

#5 Shahid Afridi, Pakistan

(395 wickets)

Shahid Afridi in odi
Shahid Afridi in odi

Shahid Afridi is the only All-Rounder who features in the top ten list of the most wickets in one-day internationals. The former Pakistani Skipper Afridi is the most successful leg-spinner in the world and is widely regarded for his sharp turn and excellent line and length.

Afridi has picked up 395 wickets in 398 matches played in his career. He holds the record of the 5th most wickets in ODI. Afridi claimed 9 five-wicket hauls and 14 four-wicket hauls. In his tidy career, Afridi averaged around 34.51 and held an economy of 4.62.

#4 Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka

(400 wickets)

Chaminda Vaas in odi
Chaminda Vaas in odi

Chaminda Vaas is the second most successful bowler for Sri Lanka in ODI as well as Test Cricket. Vaas is a Right-Arm Fast bowler who has a healthy bowling action and has claimed precious wickets for the Sri Lankan side in the one-day format.

Vaas is only the fourth bowler to pick up 400 or more wickets in ODI. He holds the record of 4th most wickets in ODI. Vaas has successfully picked up 4 five-wicket hauls and 9 four-wicket hauls. The fascinating bowler maintained a strong average of 27.53 and an economy of 4.18.

#3 Waqar Younis, Pakistan

(416 wickets)

Waqar Younis in odi
Waqar Younis in odi

Waqar Younis was one of the fastest bowlers for Pakistan in international cricket. Younis played fewer matches and claimed more wickets with his excellent pace, line, and length. The best one-day players were even frightened to face the fierce bowler.

Waqar Younis picked up 416 wickets in his 262 match career and holds the record of 3rd most wickets in ODI. Younis claimed a record 13 five-wicket haul and 10 four-wicket hauls. Younis has bowled magnificently to maintain an average of 23.84 and an economy of 4.68.

#2 Wasim Akram, Pakistan

(502 wickets)

Wasim Akram in odi
Wasim Akram in odi

The Pakistanis just can’t be left out in the top ten list of most wickets in one-day internationals. Wasim Akram is the third Pakistani bowler to feature in this list and certainly is the most successful bowler for Pakistan in international cricket. Akram is a Right Arm fast bowler and bowled a clear line and length.

Akram picked up 502 wickets in his 356 matches career. He is only the second baller to cross the 500 wickets mark in ODI cricket. Akram holds the record of 2nd most wickets in ODI. In his 20 years long career, Akram claimed 6 five-wicket hauls and a record 17 four-wicket hauls. Akram was a decorated baller and maintained an average of 23.52 and the lowest economy of 3.89.

#1 Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka

(534 wickets)

Muttiah Muralitharan in ODI
Muttiah Muralitharan in ODI

The only player to pick up 800 wickets in international cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan is a Sri-Lankan Right-arm spinner who is the most successful bowler in world cricket. Muralitharan is a highly recognized and praised player and the most valuable asset for Sri Lanka. The most successful batsmen like Tendulkar and Ponting have also struggled against Muralitharan.

Muralitharan has claimed 534 wickets in his 350 matches career. His best bowling figures in ODI are 7/30. Muralitharan holds the record of most wickets in ODI. He has claimed 10 five-wicket hauls and 15 four-wicket hauls in ODI. In his 18 years long career, Muralitharan managed to maintain an average of 23.08 and an economy of 3.93.

Also Read: List of Top 10 Most Wickets in Test Cricket History

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