There is always a unique way to look at some of the rare and interesting records and stats in Cricket. To quote it, I noticed that some of the bowlers are steadily rising in their wickets column in ODIs. With Saqlain Mushtaq holding the record of fastest to 100 ODI wickets (in just 53 ODIs), some names flashed across my mind as to who can actually break his record. So, let us take a look at them and what they need to do in detail:
1. Mitchell McClenaghan:
The left-arm Kiwi paceman looks to be one of the top-most contenders to break this record. Since his ODI debut against South Africa at Paarl in 2013, McClenaghan has picked up six 4-wicket hauls and a 5-wicket haul against West Indies at Auckland. He has taken his scalps at an impressive average of 28.20 at a strike rate of 28.40.
2. Mitchell Starc:
The future spearhead of Australian Cricket has impressed one and all since his debut against India at Vizag in 2010. Starc has always looked to attack the batsman and that is why he has picked up six 4-wicket hauls and five 5-wicket hauls. Out of these, he took consecutive 5-wicket hauls in ODIs against West Indies at Perth in 2013.
Starc has picked up his wickets at an average of 19.65 and at an outstanding economy rate of 4.85.
3. Mohammad Shami:
The Indian paceman returned with the magnificent figures of 9-4-23-1 in his first ODI against Pakistan at Delhi in 2013. After missing out the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, Shami came back strongly in the home ODI series against Australia (picking 7 wickets in 3 matches) and from here on only, his wicket-taking ability came into picture. Till now, Shami has picked up his wickets at a good average of 24.89 with five 4-wicket hauls.
4. Imran Tahir:
The 35-year old South African leggie might not have age on his side but his knack of grabbing wickets in almost every match gets him in this list. Till now, Tahir has deceived batsmen at an awe-inspiring average and economy rate of 22.94 and 4.49 respectively. He has picked up five 4-wicket hauls and a 5-wicket haul against West Indies in ICC World Cup 2015 at Sydney.
5. Hamid Hassan:
The spearhead of Afghanistan Cricket has impressed one and all since his debut against Scotland at Benoni in 2009. Hassan swings the bowl nicely and that is why till now he has picked up two 4-wicket hauls and a 5-wicket haul.
Hassan has grabbed his wickets at an average of 20.96 and at an outstanding economy rate of 4.58.
|S.no||Player||Matches (Wickets)- Till Now||Matches (Wickets)- To Break the Record|
|1||Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand)||47(82)||5(18)|
|2||Mitchell Starc (Australia)||46(90)||6(10)|
|3||Mohammad Shami (India)||47(87)||5(13)|
|4||Imran Tahir (South Africa)||49(84)||3(16)|
|5||Hamid Hassan (Afghanistan)||30(54)||22(46)|
*Stats updated till January 15, 2016