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The art of taking wickets in the middle-overs in ODIs has almost become redundant. With the ICC focusing on Test and T20I cricket, bilateral ODI series in between are far and few. The recent series between India and South Africa is an evident example of Indian bowlers not being able to pick wickets in the middle overs. Ths hosts scored 296/4 in the first ODI. They chased down 288 with ease in the second and piled up another 287 runs in the final game.

India could not take wickets in the middle-overs with their spinners negated by the hosts tremendously well. This made the BCCI consider recalling Kuldeep Yadav alongside Yuzvendra Chahal for the ODI series against West Indies at home.

Bott the Indian bowlers have taken bagful of wickets between themselves between 2017-2019 at a time when they hunted as a pair. In this article, we will take a look at the bowler who took most wickets in overs 10-40 since 2016.

Most Wickets Between Overs 10-40 In ODIs Since 2016

Adil Rashid- 103

Adil Rashid
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England spinner Adil Rashid leads the list of bowlers with most wickets in this span of overs. Rashid is England’s most potent spinner in white-ball formats and he is used as a wicket-taking option in the middle-overs. Thus credit also needs to be given to Eoin Morgan for using him wisely.

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*Stats updated till 29/01/2022.

Rashid Khan- 90

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan Bowler
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Any list of bowlers is incomplete without Rashid Khan in it. Having made his international debut in 2015, Rashid has risen up the ranks rapidly in international cricket. Since 2016, he has taken 90 wickets in between overs 10-40. He is the most experienced player in the Afghanistan side along with Mohammad Nabi.

*Stats updated till 29/01/2022.

Kuldeep Yadav- 85

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kuldeep Yadav has not played consistent cricket for India across formats since 2019. Still, he finds himself third in this elite list. He was at the top of his skillset with MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Since Dhoni’s retirement, he has lost a bit of skill and his wicket-taking ability. The Windies series at home is his last chance to stake a claim for the 50-over World Cup at home in 2023.

*Stats updated till 29/01/2022.

Adam Zampa-75

Adam Zampa
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Zampa is Australia’s premier spinner in white-ball cricket. He too has been a brilliant white-ball bowler for the Aussies. He has taken wickets consistently in the middle-overs making the job for their premier pacer at the death. He played a key role in Australia’s T20 World Cup win last year in the UAE as well.

*Stats updated till 29/01/2022.

Yuzvendra Chahal-72

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chahal has been struggling recently in white-ball cricket. However, bowling alongside Kuldeep he tormented opposition batsmen between 2017 and 2019. He took wickets for fun during that period. In this elite list, he ranks number five in the list of bowlers with most wickets between overs 10-40 since 2016. Chahal has been included in both the ODI and T20I squads for the home series against West Indies.

*Stats updated till 29/01/2022.

Imran Tahir- 71

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir (Image Credit: Twitter)

Tahir is the last and final name on this elite list. He retired from ODI cricket after the 2019 World Cup but took 71 wickets in the most crucial phase of play in ODIs since 2016. Having retired from ODIs, he is still playing his trade in franchise T20 cricket.

*Stats updated till 29/01/2022.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.