10 players with the most wickets in ODI Cricket

Sanath Jayasuriya has picked up 323 wickets in ODIs
Sanath Jayasuriya has picked up 323 wickets in ODIs
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#8. Brett Lee- 380

Brett Lee of Australia celebrates his hat trick after bowling David Obuya of Kenya
Brett Lee has been one of Australia's most lethal pacers

Our first pacer on this list comes at No.8, former Aussie speedster Brett Lee. Across a 12-year old career, Brett Lee took 380 wickets at an impressive average of 23.36 and at an economy of 4.76 with 9 five-wicket hauls and best bowling figures of 5/22 against South Africa at Melbourne in 2006.

Having made his debut in 2000, it took only 6 matches for Lee to take a five-for as he took 5/27 against India at Adelaide on Republic Day.

Well known for his quick bowling, Brett Lee performed consistently well against all big teams but he produced some of his best performances against England, India, New Zealand, and West Indies, picking up 65, 55, 52, and 49 wickets against them respectively.

Brett Lee had a big hand in Australia’s 2003 World Cup win, as he was their highest wicket-taker during the competition and the second highest wicket-taker overall with 22 wickets at an average of just 17.90.

#7. Glenn McGrath- 381

Group A Australia v Scotland - Cricket World Cup 2007
Pidge has been Australia's greatest pacer

One of the greatest fast bowlers of all-time, Glenn McGrath is the highest Australian wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 381 wickets at an average of 22.02 (which is the least on this list) and at an economy rate of 3.88.

McGrath was never a very fast bowler like his former teammate Brett Lee. Instead, his bowling was based on accurate line and length which made him an economical bowler as well as a wicket-taking one.

The tall bowler was one of the biggest reasons why Australia were such a dominant team during the late 90s and early 2000s and his partnership with Brett Lee fortified Australia’s bowling unit. McGrath had 7 five-wicket hauls to his name

'Pidge', as he was known, had a huge role in all three of Australia’s World Cup wins from 1999-2007.

He was the second highest wicket-taker at the 1999 tournament with 18 wickets, the third highest wicket-taker at the 2003 World Cup with 21 wickets, and the highest wicket-taker at the 2007 World Cup (where he was the Player of the Tournament) with 26 wickets which is the most number of wickets at a single World Cup, bettering Chaminda Vaas’ 23 in 2003.

Glenn McGrath is the highest wicket-taker in World Cup history with 71 wickets and his best bowling figures of 7/15 has also come at the World Cup against Namibia in 2003.

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Edited by Anuradha Santhanam


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