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Best Bowling Figures in ODI – One Day International Record


Best Bowling Figures in ODI – ODI cricket has evolved over the years. From being a 60-over format to a 50-over format, the format has seen many records being created. Over the years there have been many breathtaking ODI matches that have grabbed the eyeball of many. Not only batters but bowlers too have a massive impact in the format and have won many matches on their own for their team.

Best bowling figures in ODI

While everyone fancies batters more, bowlers are no mug in the game of cricket. Over the years many fierce and aggressive bowlers have played ODI cricket and created records.

Let’s have a look at 10 bowlers with the best bowling figures in ODI

Player Team Overs Maiden Runs Wickets Against
1 Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka 8 3 19 8 Zimbabwe
2 Shahid Afridi Pakistan 9 3 12 7 West Indies
3 Glenn McGrath Australia 7 4 15 7 Namibia
4 Rashid Khan Afghanistan 8.4 1 18 7 West Indies
5 Andy Bichel Australia 10 0 20 7 England
6 Muralitharan Sri Lanka 10 1 30 7 India
7 Tim Southee New Zealand 9 0 33 7 England
8 Trent Boult New Zealand 10 3 34 7 West Indies
9 Waqar Younis Pakistan 10 0 36 7 England
10 Aaqib Javed Pakistan 10 1 37 7 India

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Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas holds the record for best bowling figures in ODIs. The pacer scripted history in 2001 when he took 8 wickets against Zimbabwe and conceded only 19 runs in his quota of 8 overs. He bowled 3 maiden overs during his spell. Notably, so far no other bowler has taken 8 wickets in ODIs.

Arguably one of the best all-rounders in the game of cricket, Shahid Afridi hold the second-best record for best bowling figures in ODIs. The Pakistani legend in a match against West Indies in 2013 took seven wickets and gave only 12 runs in his spell. He also bowled three maidens during his 9-over spell.

Glenn McGrath is third on the list of best bowling figures in ODIs. The Australian pacer recorded the figures of 7/15 against the 2003 ODI World Cup game against Namibia. He bowled 7 overs out of those 4 were maidens.

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Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan has made a mark in international cricket at such young age. He sits fourth in the list of best bowling figures in ODIs. The leg-spinner returned with the figures of 7/18 in 8.4 overs. He bowled one maiden over in his spell as well.

The likes of Andy Bichel and Muttiah Muralitharan are 5th and 6th on the list with figures of 7/20 and 7/30 against England and India respectively. The pace bowling duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult are next on the list with figures of 7/33 and 7/44 against England and West Indies respectively.

No doubt that Pakistan produce the best pacers and there’s no surprise that pacers from the country will feature in almost every record for the bowlers. Waqar Younis and Aquib Javed are ninth and tenth on the list of best bowling figures in odis. While the former returned with the figures of 7/36 against England, the latter recorded 7/37 against India.

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