Top 10: Best Bowling Average in ODI Cricket (Min. 100 Wickets)

ODI cricket has its own charm, with a blend of Test and T20I formats. Unlike the 20-over format, the bowlers get a slight relief from the batter’s ruthless onslaught.

Despite that, the bowlers look to get away by leaking fewer runs during their spell. If they are successful in picking up wickets by conceding fewer runs, they have a chance of improving their bowling averages.

Having said that, let’s look at the top 10 bowlers with the best bowling average in ODIs (minimum 100 wickets).

Best Bowling Average in ODI Cricket

PlayerInningsRuns ConcededWicketsBowling Average
Sandeep Lamichhane (NEP)50202311218.06
Joel Garner (WI)98275214618.84
Rashid Khan (AFG)98374818320.48
Dennis Lillee (AUS)63214510320.82
Michael Holding (WI)102303414221.36
Sir Richard Hadlee (NZ)112340715821.56
Allan Donald (SA)162592627221.78
Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK)165627528821.78
Ajantha Mendis (SL)84332415221.86
Glenn McGrath (AUS)248839138122.02

(If you don’t know how to calculate the bowling average, then check out our guide here.)

Key Insights

2: Joel Garner and Sandeep Lamichhane are the only 2 bowlers with an average of less than 20. Among them, Lamichhane shines with an average of close to 18, which displays his remarkable ability to scalp wickets by giving away fewer runs.

25: There are over 30 bowlers who have a bowling average of less than 25 in ODIs.

23.08: Charismatic spinner Muthiah Muralidaran — the leading wicket-taker in ODIs — has a bowling average of 23.08. This is the second-best among the bowlers with 300+ wickets.

24.44: Muthiah Muralidaran and Chaminda Vaas — the best bowling pair in ODIs — picked up 708 wickets at an average of 24.44 while bowling in tandem.

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