Racking up 300 or more wickets throughout the course of a playing career is regarded as a notable accomplishment, be it in any format of the game. Bowling in limited overs, especially in One-Day Internationals, is always quite challenging. However, few bowlers have completely mastered this challenging art and inscribed their names in cricketing history books. In this piece, we take a look at the list of top five wicket takers who have excelled in the 50-over format-
5. Shahid Afridi – 395 wickets
Shahid Afridi built a name for himself and rose to fame for Pakistan in 1996. He was instrumental for the national side during his stint and scalped 395 wickets, making him the fifth-highest wicket-taker in ODIs for the Men in Green.
4. Chaminda Vaas – 400 wickets
The former Sri Lanka pacer established himself as a deadly bowler with the ability to swing the ball and get major breakthroughs with ease. Vaas just touched the 400-wicket mark in the 50-over format before calling time on his career in 2008.
3. Waqar Younis – 416 wickets
Waqar Younis was a fearsome bowler due to his lethal bowling skills. Pakistan relished the services of Waqar, Wasim Akram and Imran Khan in what was a golden age for them with the ball. Waqar’s brute pace handed him 416 wickets under his belt and he stands third on the all-time list.
2. Wasim Akram – 502 wickets
Wasim Akram was a vital asset in the Pakistan bowling unit and often tore the rival batting line-up with panache. His ability to swing the ball both ways garnered him plenty of wickets as he scalped as many as 502 victims during his time with the ball for his side.
1. Muthiah Muralidaran – 534 wickets
The former Sri Lanka spin wizard, regarded as arguably one of the greatest of all-time, tops the chart with a record 534 wickets to his name. He attained this feat in mere 341 innings in the ODI format for the Lankan Lions. For the young bowlers hoping to create history, this particular record would surely be a difficult one to surpass.