Today we’ll talk about bowlers who were the fastest to 450 ODI wickets. These bowlers leads wicket chart in One Day International Cricket. These bowlers can be seen as examples of longevity in cricket as bowlers. Bowling has always been a relatively tough aspects of modern cricket. While there are more batsmen in the top 10 of most ODI match appearances, there are a few who could go long as bowlers. Today, lets see the cricketers who were fastest to 450 ODI wickets. Let’s see who all feature in this amazing list of top class bowlers.
2. Wasim Akram: Fastest to 450 ODI wickets
Former Pakistan Left-arm Pace Bowler and Sultan of Swing Wasim Akram is the second fastest to 450 ODI wickets. When Wasim achieved this milestone he was playing his 327th match. He had started his career in 1984 and played till 2003 in a very successful career.
Akram had not only defined the art of reverse swing, but was impeccable with his deliveries. He would go on to become the second most wicket taker in one day cricket behind Sri Lanka‘s Muttiah Muralitharan. The Pakistan Legend was the first bowler to take 500 ODI wickets and still holds the record for the most ODI wickets as a seamer. Wasim with Waqar was the pace attack any opposition would fear from and these two were key to most of the wins Pakistan had during the era they played.
A career he made was an exhibition of swing bowling. He was playing against Sri Lanka on April 12, 2002 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in a Sharjah Cup. He would go on to take two wickets in the match but Sri Lanka would go on to win the match by 9 runs.
Many cricket pundits believe Akram to be the greatest bowler of all time. The most followed Asian Bowler had taken two hat-tricks in ODI cricket. He was ranked the best bowler in One Day International’s history even ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath and Muralitharan.
Wasim is among the bowlers with the most number of wickets in ODI & Test cricket. While his ODI tally says 502 wickets, his test tally says 414. Not only the second fastest to 450 ODI wickets, but also among the only two to 450 ODI wickets.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan: Fastest to 450 ODI wickets
Sri Lankan Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan reached the fastest to 450 ODI wickets. When Muralitharan achieved this milestone he was playing his 295th match. Murali was key member of every tournament win of the island nation since his debut in 1992. The Champion Spinner would go on to not only become a Sri Lankan legend, but also one of the greatest of all time in cricket.
He was playing against Ireland on April 18, 2007 at National Cricket Stadium, Grenada during the Super Eights stage of ICC World Cup 2007. He would go on to take four wickets in the match that Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.
Perhaps the best off spinner and the only wrist-off spinner that ever bowled in cricket, Muralitharan created an unachievable milestone of wickets in ODI cricket. He had a career of around 19 years and among the most successful careers in Cricket.
Murali has the most number of wickets in ODI & Test cricket to his credit. While his ODI tally says 534 wickets, his test tally says 800. Not only the fastest to 450 ODI wickets, but also among the only two to 450 ODI wickets.
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While these two ruled the one day international cricket for years and there’s very feeble possibility of someone overcoming their records in years to come. These two cricketers lead our list for most wickets in ODIs as well. So here we end our discussion on the cricketers fastest to 450 wickets. Don’t forget to pen down your comments in the comments panel below.