In ODI cricket, a bowler can bowl a maximum of 10 overs in a match. Since there are more overs as compared to the T20I format, bowlers often manage to pick more wickets in ODI matches than T20Is. In the history of ODI cricket, many bowlers have managed to scalp plenty of wickets in their careers. Muttiah Muralitharan (534), Wasim Akram (502), and Waqar Younis (416) are the top three wicket-takers in ODIs so far.
The above figures indicate the overall list of the top wicket-takers in ODI cricket. There are also few bowlers who executed spectacular bowling shows during some particular calendar years in the past. These bowlers were at the peak of their bowling strength in those years and dismissed a lot of batsmen. In this list, we take a glance at the 5 bowlers with the most wickets in a calendar year in ODI cricket.
5 Bowlers With Most Wickets In A Calendar Year In ODI Cricket
Anil Kumble (1996)- 61 Wickets
Anil Kumble gets 5th place in this list. The former Indian cricketer picked 61 wickets in ODI cricket in 1996. The right-arm spinner scalped 61 wickets in 32 ODIs during the calendar year at an average of 20.24. The leg spinner had an economy of just 4.06 during the entire year after bowling more than 304 overs.
He picked 4-wicket hauls in 3 matches and the best bowling figures of 4/32 in an ODI. Overall. Kumble picked 337 wickets in 271 matches in his ODI career.