Top 10 ODI Wicket Takers of All Time


                   The game of Cricket doesn’t require any introduction as it the second most followed sport in  world. Like I have written about the leading batsmen in the cricket history run wise in my earlier posts in the  top 10 run scorers in ODI cricket , top 10 run scorers in test cricket and top 10 run scorers in t20 cricket forms of cricket. I followed them with list of top 10 test wicket takers in cricket in the test cricket and now I have brought in leading wicket takers in the ODI format. ODI is short form for the One Day International cricket. ODI cricket got popular very quickly as it brought in new rules for the dress, overs, match time etc. in the cricket. If we talk in common language, Cricket is basically played between the bowlers and batsmen of two teams. In cricket both batsmen and bowlers have equal opportunities to outplay each other and win the game for their  respective teams.

Muralitharan tops the list of top 10 odi wicket takers
Leading ODI Wicket taker-M Muralitharan

Here is the list of top 10 Wicket takers in the ODI format :-

Player(Team)
Mat
Wkts.
BB
Avg.
Eco.
S.R.
5W
M Muralitharan (SL)
350
534
7/30
23.08
3.93
35.2
10
Wasim Akram (Pak)
356
502
5/15
23.52
3.89
36.2
6
Waqar Younis (Pak)
262
416
7/36
23.84
4.68
30.5
13
Chaminda Vaas (SL)
322
400
8/19
27.53
4.18
39.4
4
Shaun Pollock (SA)
303
393
6/35
24.50
3.67
39.9
5
Glen McGrath (Aus)
250
381
7/15
22.02
3.88
34.0
7
Brett Lee (Aus)
221
380
5/22
23.36
4.76
29.4
9
Shahid Afridi (Pak)
355
355
6/38
34.30
4.62
44.5
9
Anil Kumble (India)
271
337
6/12
30.89
4.30
43.0
2
S Jayasuriya (SL)
445
323
6/29
36.75
4.78
46.0
4


                     Sri Lankan off spinner M Muralitharan popularly called as the Spin Wizard. He  is highest wicket taker in ODI format like in test cricket too. The variety he had in his bowling made it possible for him to be at the top spot in the league of legendary bowlers. He played very crucial role in the success of the Sri Lankan cricket team at international level. If you closely view the list you get to know that the list is well dominated by the fast bowlers as four bowlers of the top 5 are quick/fast bowlers. He was also dragged in the controversies all due to his unorthodox action. Later, his action was found clean by the International Cricket Council. Overall he was great players off the field as well as on the field. M Muralitharan was a true gentleman and a great ambassador for the game of cricket. 

Abbreviations used in the post for those who are not aware with them are as follows:-

Mat.   :-  Total One day cricket matches played by the player.
Wkts. :-  Total number of Wickets taken by him  
B.B.   :-   Best Bowling figure in a cricket match. 
Avg.   :-   Runs spent by bowlers to take a wicket. It is the abbreviation for Average.
Eco.    :-  Runs given by the bowler in an over. It is the abbreviation for Economy. 
S.R.    :-  Bowls bowled by the bowler per wicket.It is called as the Strike Rate.
5W      :- Number of 5 wickets in total matches  
ODI    :- One Day International cricket match.


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