One Day Cricket has been turning his head towards batsmen. The outcome of scores in this format defines the same thing. But some of the bowlers’ success has stopped the domination of the batsmen in the format to an extent. The runs scored per over in 2014 has been 5.29 which was increased by 0.18 compared to last year, highest increase rate ever.

Here, we bring you the five best ODI bowlers in 2014 who have tried to overcome from the batsmen dominance as ended up picking wickets in a good number.

5. Sachitra Senanayake:

The Sri Lanka off spinner positioned at No. 5 in most wickets taker in ODIs despite of missing most part of matches as he was banned from bowling by ICC due to possessing illegal bowling action but returned on a decent note. He ended 2014 with 27 wickets in his bag at an average of 24.92 with an impressive economy rate of 4.38.

4. Chris Jordan:

The England’s Fast Medium Pacer, Chris Jordan was most successful bowler for his team in this year. He picked up 29 wickets at a strike rate of 32.6 in 18 matches he played in 2014. His best performance came at Manchester where he picked up a five-fer putting a crucial hand in reducing Sri Lanka for just 65.

3. Lasith Malinga:

Sri Lanka’s Paceman, Lasith Malinga missed out on playing for national side towards the latter part of the year but he managed to take a place in the top wicket takers chart for the year in his limited appearances. He picked up 29 wickets in just 17 matches at an average of 26.49 and a strike rate of 27.

2. Mohammed Shami:

By a far margin, Shami was India’s strike bowler in the ODIs in 2014. He picked up 38 wickets in just 16 matches at an impressive strike rate of 22.3 but went too expensive. His economy rate recorded 6.16 as he kept leaking runs to pick up wickets towards death overs.

1. Ajantha Mendis:

Known for his mystery spin, Mendis had his tricks against batsmen in 2014 again. Mendis, who hasn’t been a regular member in team for couple of years, got a spot in the team due to injures of other spinners which he utilized to a great extent. He ended up jointly highest wicket-taker with Shami with 38 wickets with a better average of 21.63 in 17 matches he played.

Here is the list of Top 5 ODI Bowlers in 2014:

Player

Matches

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

Best

Avg

Economy

Ajantha Mendis (SL)

17

142.3

6

822

38

4/60

21.63

5.76

Mohammad Shami (India)

16

141.3

6

872

38

4/36

22.94

6.16

Lasith Malinga (SL)

17

130.5

9

768

29

5/52

26.48

5.87

Chris Jordan (Eng)

18

158.0

2

909

29

5/29

31.34

5.75

Sachitra Senanayake (SL)

18

153.3

4

673

27

4/13

24.92

4.38