While cricket may be a team sport, there are a lot of individual battles within every game that goes on to decide the fate of both teams. It’s obvious that the team which makes the least mistakes has a better chance of winning. There’s a firm opinion that goes around in cricket, which says in order to win games, teams should ideally bat well. However, in truth, it’s the bowlers that make or break a team’s fortune.
While batsmen continue to reign supreme in cricket, more so in the limited-overs formats, history speaks for itself, every ‘great’ cricket team of the past, have had bowlers contributing to the cause. Take Australia’s triumph at the World Cup 2015 for example, when Mitchell Stark picked up 22 wickets en route to his country’s title run.
And even though every dismissal is important for a team, ask any bowler, when they bowl out a batsman by taking his stumps, there’s no better confidence boost for them. It’s a totally different kind of accomplishment than an lbw or even a stumping.
With that said, today we will take a look at some lethal bowlers in international cricket, who have the highest percentage of ‘bowled’ wickets to their name in ODIs.
This list includes only those bowlers who have taken a minimum of 100 wickets.
Top four bowlers with the highest percentage of wickets as ‘bowled’ in ODIs
4) Wasim Akram
The Pakistan cricket team has produced many great bowlers over the years, Wasim Akram belongs at the top of that list. In his prime, the ‘Sultan of Swing’ was unplayable at times.
Akram played 356 ODI matches for Pakistan and amassed a haul of 502 wickets during his playing career, with an average of 23.52 and an astonishing economy rate of 3.89.
Of these, a staggering 176 times, he bowled out the opposition batsman, which means the 53-year-old has a percentage of 35.06%. Therefore, Akram stands at number four on despite having the highest number of wickets among all bowlers on this list.