Top 10 fastest bowlers to reach 100 ODI wickets
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International cricket is anything but a bed of roses, and it is those who thrive in adversity and are able to adjust to the rigours of the game who achieve continued success at the highest level. SPORTZWIKI takes a look at the Top 10 fastest bowlers to reach 100 ODI wickets.
10. Nathan Bracken
Nathan Bracken had a injury-plagued career with Australia, but his performances are there for all to see as the Aussie pacer can boast of a decent record in the ODI format, having reached the landmark of 100 wickets in just 60 ODIs. Bracken comes in at 10th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 fastest bowlers to reach 100 ODI wickets.
9. Shoaib Akhtar
Earth shattering pace from Shoaib Akhtar‘s long run-up has led to the demise of many a batsman and the Rawalpindi express is the 9th fastest to reach a century of wickets in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 fastest bowlers to reach 100 ODI wickets.
8. Shane Warne
The Australian leg spinner was quick to make his mark in international cricket taking a mere 60 matches to reach the milestone of 100 ODI wickets. Warne, who announced himself on the world stage with a beauty of a delivery to Mike Gatting, is 8th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 fastest bowlers to reach 100 ODI wickets.
7. Dennis Lillee
Dennis Lille took close to 11 years to reach the landmark of 100 ODI wickets, and it is not the legendary fast bowler who is to blame as international teams played fewer ODI matches in his time.
6. Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel is presently one of the most feared fast bowlers in the world. The South African is 6th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 fastest bowlers to reach 100 ODI wickets having reached 100 ODI wickets in an impressive 59 matches..
5. Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan‘s was a rags to riches story if ever there was one! Irfan came into the limelight after his stunning performances against Pakistan in India’s 2004 tour to Pakistan, and built on his impressive start with consistent performances over the next few years, reaching 100 ODI wickets in just two years.
4. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis gave you hope. No match was over when Waqar still had a few overs to bowl because he had the ability to turn the tide in a couple of overs. . Unlike Wasim, who could do a million devious things with the cricket ball, Waqar’s reverse-swinging yorker, delivered with a more round-arm action was arguably the greatest delivery in the history of the game. And Younis is 4th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 fastest bowlers to reach 100 ODI wickets.
3. Brett Lee
Brett Lee burst onto the international scene as a bowler who could reach speeds in excess of 150 kmph. But Lee backed up his pace with control and enjoyed a successful start to his ODI career, reaching the milestone of 100 ODI wickets in just 55 matches. Lee earns a podium spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 fastest bowlers to reach 100 ODI wickets.
2. Shane Bond
Shane Bond‘s career was disrupted by injuries, but any cricket fan who saw him at his best in the 2003 World Cup would agree that Bond was a fast bowler of the highest order, a truly world class speedster. He had the potential to destroy some of the most solid batting line-ups in the world, and was a major ingredient of NZ’s success over the previous decade.
1. Saqlain Mushtaq
Regarded by many as the finest spinner of his generation, Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq is still the fastest player to complete a century of wickets in ODIs. Saqlain Mushtaq was a wicket-taking offspinner and his variations made him a tough bowler to pick. Saqlain is also the first off-spinner to master the doosra. Intrestingly, the off spinner took under two years to achieve this feat, making him the fastest by time as well.
Here’s the list of top 10 fastest baowelrs to reach 100 ODI wickets:
10. Nathan Bracken (AUS) 60
9. Shoaib Akhtar (PAK) 60
8. Shane Warne (AUS) 60
7. Dennis Lille (AUS) 60
6. Morne Morkel (SA) 59
5. Irfan Pathan (IND) 59
4. Waqar Younis (PAK) 59
3. Brett Lee (AUS) 55
2. Shane Bond (NZ) 54
1. Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK) 53
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