Highest wicket taker in ODI – Who has picked most wickets in ODI?

Published on: Dec 29, 2021 12:34 pm IST|Updated on: Apr 19, 2023 4:29 pm IST

Highest wicket taker in ODI

Cricket is called the batsman’s game, but in reality it is the bowlers who make this game a worthwhile to watch. It is quite hard to deliver your skills in the longer format like ODIs, where it demands 10 overs and over 3 and half hours of efforts in fielding.

Most Wickets in ODI

The top 5 of the highest wicket taker in ODIs are the Asian bowlers, which should be lauded, as they played there most of the matches in the flat pitches. Here is the list of Highest wicket Taker in ODI

1. Muttiah Muralitharan

The best spinner in the history of the game was perfect to spun the web around the batters with his flighted and arm ball, which was quite difficult to tackle for the batters. In 350 matches, Muttiah scalped 534 wickets at an economy of 3.93, which included 10 five-for.

Matches Wickets Economy 5-Wicket haul
350 534 3.93 10

2. Wasim Akram

The lethal weapon for the Pakistan team with his pace and accuracy, was Wasim Akram. His natural ability to swing and reverse swing the ball helped him to grab over 500 wickets in ODIs. He is possibly the best left arm fast bowler, cricketing world has ever seen.

Matches Wickets Economy 5-Wicket haul
356 502 3.89 6

3. Waqar Younis

Another lead bowler for the Pakistan team was one of the helping hand to lift the title for Pakistan team. In his ODI career spanning of 262 matches, he scalped 416 wickets and has the record of most five wicket haul in this format.

Matches Wickets Economy 5-Wicket haul
262 416 4.68 13

4. Chaminda Vaas

The player with steady pace was the heart of Sri Lanka team in the power play overs. His one of the main speciality was dismissing the batters by leg before wicket and also was quite active in caught and bowled as well. In 322 matches, Vaas bagged 400 wickets with an economy of 4.18.

Matches Wickets Economy 5-Wicket haul
322 400 4.18 4

5. Shahid Afridi

Often called as ‘Lala’ by the Pakistani fans, Shahid Afridi has been one of the best all rounders, Pakistan produced. In 398 matches, Afridi took 395 wickets at an economy of 4.62, which consisted of 9 Five wicket haul.

Matches Wickets Economy 5-Wicket haul
398 395 4.62 9


Who has the most ODI wickets for India?

Anil Kumble is the highest wicket taker in ODI for India with 337 wickets in 271 ODIs.

Who holds the most wickets in women’s ODI?

Jhulan Goswami has most wickets in Women’s ODI with 250 wickets in 204 matches.

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