Bowling has always been the most crucial and important department in the game of cricket. Experts believe that if you have good bowlers, you have the ability to dominate any team in the world. This article is an attempt to pay tribute to the leading wicket takers in the ODIs. Here is the list of top 10 leading wicket takers in one-day international cricket matches. Each and every name on the list is a different story of hard work, expertise and great commitment towards the game of cricket. Following bowlers are believed to be the real magicians who could dodge the batsmen very easily and get them out whenever their teams required them to do so. Most of these players are retired now from the international cricket, but few of them are still playing for their countries. These cricket players are proving to be the great asset for their teams.
10. Sanath Jayasuriya
Former SriLankan captain and thrilling opener batsman, ST Jayasuriya is regarded to be the 10th highest wicket taker in ODIs. He was a left arm spin bowler and always proved to be very handy for his team. It was observed that Jayasuriya was brought into attack to break the partnerships. He took 323 wickets in his long career of 22 years.
9. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble was the right arm leg spinner of Indian team. He also holds the distinction of getting 10 wickets in one innings of the test match. Anil Kumble always proved to be a great trouble for the opponent batsmen. He took 337 wickets in 271 matches he played. The bowling style of this Indian leg spinner is similar to Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.
8. Shahid Afridi
Boom Boom Shahid Afridi is the right arm leg spinner of Pakistan Cricket team. His career is not finished yet and he is still contributing towards the success of his team. Shahid Afridi has taken 358 wickets so far. It is expected that he would easily mark the figure of 400 in next few years. The key thing to note here is his batting because he came to Pakistan cricket team as a batting all-rounder but now he is one of the best all-rounders of Pakistan.
7. B Lee
B Lee was the fastest bowler of Australian cricket team, and probably was the second fastest in the world after Shoib Akhtar of Pakistan. B Lee had the quality to disturb the batsmen not only with his speed but also with his great control over the seam. B Lee took 380 wickets in just 221 matches.
6. Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath is the 6th highest wicket taker in the ODIs. He was one of the most accomplished bowlers Australia has ever produced. He was famous for creating problems for the opponent batsmen in the early over of the innings. Glenn McGrath has got the figure of 381 wickets against his name.
5. SM Pollock
Right arm fast bowler and attacker of South African team, SM Pollock took 393 wickets in his long career of 12 years that lasted from 1996 to 2008. SM Pollock also had the honor to lead his team in different formats of the game.
4. WPUJC Vaas
Chaminda Vaas was the leading bowler of SriLankan cricket team. He was left handed and also proved to be little handy with the bat as well. Vaas had got technique, stamina and great control over the ball. He took 400 wickets in total 322 matches that he played. He holds world record to have best bowling figure in an ODI.
3. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis was Pakistan’s fastest bowler in his times. He was a very accomplished bowler who enjoyed a very successful career. Waqar Younis was largely famous for his bouncers and deadly yorkers that often broke the toes of various batsmen. He took 416 wickets in his long career of 14 years that lasted from 1989 to 2003. He represented Pakistan in 262 one-day internationals.
2. Wasim Akram
Pakistan’s most legendary bowler, Wasim Akram was the first bowler in international cricket to mark 500 wickets in ODIs. Wasim Akram was not only a source of great for opponent team in the initial overs with the new ball, but he also got great control over the old ball and was highly expert of the reverse swing. Wasim Akram took 502 wickets in his ODI career.
1. M Muralitharan
M Muralitharan holds the honor to lead the list of top 10 highest wicket takers in one-day internationals. He was right arm off-spinner and a real magician who could swing the ball however he wished to. M Muralitharan took 534 wickets in total 350 international one day matches he played for his country. He does not play international cricket but participates in cricket leagues all over the world. Nowadays, he is in West Indies for Caribbean Cricket League.