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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

#4. Chaminda Vaas- 400

Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka appeals
Chaminda Vaas has bowled the best spell in ODI cricket

One of the greatest fast bowlers of all-time and Sri Lanka’s greatest fast bowler ever, Chaminda Vaas has taken 400 ODI wickets at an average of 27.53 and at an economy rate of 4.18 with four five-wicket hauls to his name.

Vaas holds the record for the best ODI bowling figures of 8/19 against Zimbabwe in 2001.

Known for his accurate line and length, Vaas is the youngest bowler to take 300 wickets in ODIs as well as the only bowler to have taken a hat-trick in the first three balls of a match, having done so against Bangladesh at the 2003 World Cup where he ended up with figures of 6/25.

Vaas would end the tournament with 23 wickets which at the time, was a record for the most number of wickets at a single World Cup. He is the fourth highest wicket-taker in World Cups with 49 wickets, having been a part of the team that won the World Cup in 1996.

Despite his best bowling figures coming against Zimbabwe, Vaasy has taken a bunch of wickets against India and Pakistan, having picked up 70 and 61 wickets against both teams respectively.

#3. Waqar Younis- 416

Australia v Pakistan
The "Toe-Crusher" has 416 wickets to his name

One of the greatest fast bowlers ever, Waqar Younis has taken the most number of wickets for any right-hand pacer with 416 wickets at an average of 23.84 and at an economy of 4.68. Waqar has the most number of five-wicket hauls in ODIs with 13 fifers to his name. His 7/36 against England at Leeds in 2001 is his best bowling figures in ODIs which was a Pakistan record for more than a decade.

As a pacer, Waqar’s biggest credibility was his ability to reverse-swing the ball at a very high speed. He was also renowned for his accurate in-swinging yorkers which earned him the nickname “The Toe-Crusher”.

With Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis formed one of the deadliest fast bowling duos in cricket. Had his career not been cut short in his early 30s, then Waqar Younis could have taken much more wickets and who knows, maybe he would have been a little higher than No.3 on this list.

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Edited by Anuradha Santhanam
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