Genuine wicket-takers are a great asset for any bowling team, particularly in ODIs and Tests. This is because, in these formats, batsmen look to build partnerships at various stages of the innings, and it is necessary for a bowling captain to have someone in his arsenal to pick up wickets at regular intervals. When the wickets do fall, the fielding team will take a breather in this majorly batsman-dominated game.
That is why this article will shed more light on the bowlers who have wicket-taking ability and have maintained a great bowling strike rate for a considerable period of time in their ODI career. We will take a look at the bowlers with the most wickets after 100 ODIs.
Most Wickets after 100 ODI Matches
|Player||Team||Wickets after 100 ODIs|
|Trent Boult||New Zealand||190|
|Alan Donald||South Africa||170|
|Morne Morkel||South Africa||169|
|Imran Tahir||South Africa||166|
24: Number of bowlers to have taken 150 or more wickets after their 100th ODI game. This is truly a special achievement because it shows they are consistently among the wickets in every single game.
196: This is the highest wicket haul by a bowler after the completion of his 100th ODI landmark, and the stunning record belongs to Australia’s Mitchell Starc, who now has over 200 wickets.
300: The other Australian to feature is Brett Lee, with 179 wickets after 100 ODIs. Lee is also the fastest bowler to take 300 ODI wickets (171 matches).
2: Number of Indian bowlers in the list, namely Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav. Incidentally, both of these bowlers played their 100th ODI in the same game (World Cup 2023 Semi-Final vs. New Zealand). They have taken 194 (2nd most) and 167 wickets after 100 ODIs, respectively. (Check out the leading wicket-takers for India in ODIs here.)
250: Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who took 189 scalps after playing 100 ODIs, was also the fastest to pick 250 ODI wickets. The champion off-spinner did it in just 138 ODI matches.
4: The number of spinners on the list and the 4th one is Afghanistan’s star spinner, Rashid Khan, with 179 wickets is another recent entrant.