A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket in which each team faces a fixed number of overs that are fifty. This is the most widely played format of cricket. As cricket is also very famous in Pakistan so many legendary bowlers in the history of cricket have come up from this country. Here we are going to discuss about the top 10 highest Pakistan wicket takers of all time in ODI matches. This list consists all of the greatest bowlers that cricket history has ever witnessed.
1. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was a left arm fast bowler and a left-handed batsman who represented the Pakistan national cricket team in Test and One Day International matches. He played cricket during 1984 to 2003 in which he played 356 One Day International’s while taking 502 wickets with a strike rate of 36. His career best bowling is 5 wickets for 15 runs. He is the highest ODI wicket taker in the history of Pakistan cricket and at 2nd position in the world.
2. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis is also a former Pakistani right arm fast bowler in cricket and is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He is a former bowling coach for Pakistani cricket team and also a regular commentator for cricket matches. His ODI career record includes 416 wickets with a strike rate of 30.5 in 262 matches.
3. Shahid Afridi
One of the most well known cricketer around the globe in the history of cricket. Shahid Afridi also known as Boom Boom Afridi is known for his aggressive batting style and holds the record for the fastest ODI century. He is also a very skilled bowler. Afridi is a right arm leg spinner who has taken 355 wickets after playing 355 ODI’s. His career best bowling figures are 7 wickets for 12 runs.
4. Saqlain Mushtaq
Know for his “doosra” Saqlain Mushtaq is a right-arm off break bowler. He played 49 Test and 169 ODI matches for Pakistan national team. Saqlain Mushtaq was perhaps the world’s first off-spinner who could bowl a very accurate doosra. In his ODI career he took 288 wickets in 169 matches with a career best figure of 5 wickets for 20 runs.
5. Abdul Razzaq
Abdul Razzaq is a right arm fast fast medium bowler and a aggressive right-handed batsman from Pakistani team. He made his debut in 1996 against Zimbabwe at the age of 17. After representing Pakistan in 265 matches Abdul Razzaq has taken 269 wickets.
6. Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar occupies sixth position on our list with 247 wickets after representing Pakistan in just 163 matches. Shoaib Akhtar is known as one of the fastest bowlers in the world. He announced his retirement after the 2011 World Cup.
7. Imran Khan
Imran Kan is a former Pakistani cricketer and the most successful captain under whom supervision Pakistan had won the 1992 World Cup. He was a right handed batsman and a fast bowler and is known as one of the very best all-rounders in cricket history. In his ODI career he took 182 wickets after playing 175 matches and is at 7th position on the list.
8. Aaqib Javed
Aaqib Javed is also a former Pakistani cricketer and bowling coach of Pakistan cricket team. He was a right-handed medium-fast bowler known for his ability to swing the ball in both ways. In his career of 163 ODI matches Aaqib Javed took 182 wickets with a career best of 7 wickets for 37 runs.
9. Umar Gul
Umar Gul is the key strike bowler for Pakistan along with Saeed Ajmal. He is a right arm fast medium bowler who plays in all three formats of the game for Pakistan cricket team. In his ODI career till now he has been successful in taking 161 wickets with a best of 6 wickets for 42 runs in just 116 matches.
10. Mushtaq Ahmed
Mushtaq Ahmed is a former leg break googly bowler from Pakistan and the current spin bowling coach for England. Mushtaq was the part of Pakistan cricket team that won the 1992 Cricket World Cup and in 1997, he was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. In his career of around 13 years Mushtaq Ahmed has taken 161 wickets in 144 One Day Internationals.
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