Nowadays, fast bowlers have become second-class citizens in ODI cricket due to flat wickets and fielding restrictions further jeopardize this exciting domain of cricket. Talking about India, wickets here do not offer any kind of assistance whatsoever to fast bowlers. In spite of these limitations, there are certain Indian fast bowlers who have held their own in limited overs cricket.
Though keeping scoring rate under check is very important in limited overs cricket it is equally important to pick up wickets at regular intervals. Very few Indian fast bowlers have mastered this art of picking up wickets.
Let us take a look at 3 Indian fast bowlers who were fastest to hundred wickets in One Day International cricket, to understand who has truly mastered the art of picking up wickets:
#3 Zaheer Khan (65 games)
One of the best fast bowlers India has produced till date, Zaheer Khan was a supremely talented and skilled pacer. The moment he arrived at the international scene everyone in the cricketing world knew that he was a special talent. He had a lot of variation in his repertoire which he used with good effect in both ODI's and Test cricket.
During early days in his career, he used to primarily bring the ball into the right-handers, through which he got many wickets and he had a lethal yorker as well. Later on, he developed a fearsome leg-cutter which fetched him many wickets and he troubled many left-handers with this delivery during the later stages of his career. Zaheer is the 3rd fastest fast bowler from India to reach 100 wickets in ODI's, he reached this milestone in just 65 games.