World cricket all through these years, with changing rules and regulations especially in the shorter formats, has come to help the batsmen more and more. But certain bowlers have worked on their abilities and skills, making sure that the batsmen, especially in the ODI form of the sport, find it difficult to score runs, despite all the rules working in their favour.
They have bowled tight lines and have maintained great lengths, bowling yorkers and such unplayable deliveries at will, keeping a lid on the scoring rate. There have been various situations where the bowlers have been the ones, winning their teams closely contested matches, by bailing them out of really tricky situations.
So, here’s a look at 5 such bowlers, who have been taking the most number of wickets per match in One Day International cricket.
(In order to formulate this list, only players who have played a minimum of 50 ODIs have been considered)
5. Trent Boult (1.82 wickets per match)
The left-arm pace bowler from New Zealand, makes his way into this list at the 5th spot, with an average of taking 1.82 wickets per match. Having played 90 matches for New Zealand in One Day Internationals, he has managed to pick up 164 wickets, while giving away runs at the economy of 5.03.
Boult has risen through the ranks over all these years, to becoming the best pace bowler for the Kiwis. He is currently ranked to be the best bowler in ODI cricket, with a rating of 722 points, closely followed by his counterpart from India, Jasprit Bumrah, who has also been making big strides in the international scene.
Trent Boult has worked really hard all these years, to build a reputation for himself in the New Zealand cricket team, and it has helped the team to rise to a really high position. The team has made it to two finals in two consecutive cricket World Cups, and in those campaigns, Boult had a major role to play.
4. Mohammed Shami (1.87 wickets per match)
Mohammed Shami, when he first made his international debut, was moderately successful in white-ball cricket. But in the last few years, his performances have been exceptional. And, his numbers in the format, place him at the fourth spot in this list, showing his impact that he has had in Indian Cricket Team’s success in One-Day cricket in the last few years.
At an economy rate of 5.58, he has taken 144 wickets, while maintaining an average of 25.42 in the 77 ODI matches that he has played in. Alongside Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he has managed to make the Indian team a pace bowling powerhouse, which seemed to be a distant prospect few years from now.
With his retirement age closing in for him, and just a number of years left with him before he hangs his boots, he would be looking to make as much impact as he can in the remaining years. He will try to make the best use of his abilities and rising up the charts of the top wicket-takers’ list for team India.
3. Mustafizur Rahman (1.88 wickets per match)
The pace bowling sensation from Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman has been creating ripples in the international and domestic franchise cricketing circles, from the day he stepped on to the field for the first time. When he is bowling, it is a delight to watch for the spectators and the lovers of the sport.
His tight lines and the ability to stop the flow of runs for the batting team, has impressed everyone and the same reflects in his numbers. He has played in 58 ODIs for Bangladesh and has 109 wickets to his name, which includes five 5-wicket hauls and three 4-wicket hauls too. He has been picked 1.88 wickets per match.
The 25-year-old has been doing well consistently and has troubled the batsmen time and again. Be it the best of players in the domestic circuits or their counterparts in international cricket, he looks to be on the way to entering the record books, with his name lingering in people’s minds, years after he leaves the sport.
2. Rashid Khan (1.90 wickets per match)
Rashid Khan has been one of the best talents that Afghanistan Cricket has produced till date. Since his first appearance in the international arena, back in October 2015, he has been delivering constantly without fail and has played a big part in the new heights his team has risen to in recent years. He makes an entry at the number two spot in the list, taking an average of 1.90 wickets in ODI matches.
The right arm leg break bowler has played in 70 ODI matches for his team and has bagged 133 wickets. He has maintained an excellent economy rate too, with it currently standing at an impressive 4.16. His best figures so far are 7 wickets for just 18 runs, adding to his four 5-wicket hauls.
Having achieved so much at just 21 years of age, there is no looking back for him and will be keen on gaining more and more experience and improve on the excellent skills that he already have at his disposal.
1. Mitchell Starc (1.93 wickets per match)
The 30-year-old pacer from Australia makes it to the top of this list with the average of taking 1.93 wickets per match. And, it should be no surprise to anyone that he bagged this position because the player he has come to be, having played for Australia for almost a decade now in One Day International Cricket.
Mitchell Starc has featured for the Australian team in as many as 92 ODIs, bagging a total of 178 wickets. The left-arm pacer has made sure that all these years while taking wickets, he also keeps the run flow of the batting team in check. And, this reflects in his economy rate, which currently stands at 5.10.
After the retirement of the old and renowned pace battery, Starc has taken the lead and has fulfilled all the duties that he had to perform. Currently playing alongside, equally potent pacers like Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, he has made sure that the team batting against them finds it a really hard task to score runs.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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