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Updated: 01 November 2023

ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Top 5 Fast Bowlers to Achieve 100 Wickets (Shaheen Afridi On Top) In ODIs. Several noteworthy occurrences have marked the current ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and among these, a standout moment occurred when Shaheen Afridi secured his 100th ODI wicket while Pakistan faced Bangladesh at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Tuesday.

As Pakistan faced Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in match No. 31 of the ICC World Cup 2023, the responsibility fell on the experienced campaigner, Shaheen Afridi, to provide a strong start for Babar Azam and his team. Leading the bowling charge for the Green Army, pacer Shaheen made an impactful start by dismissing opener Tanzid Hasan for a five-ball duck, following Shakib Al Hasan’s decision to bat after winning the toss in Kolkata.

Bangladesh’s innings began on a dire note as they lost their first wicket without adding any runs to the scoreboard, thanks to Afridi’s remarkable delivery. This dismissal not only put Pakistan’s Asian rivals at 0-1 but also marked a significant milestone for Afridi. With this wicket, he joined an exclusive club of players who have taken 100 wickets in ODI Format. Also, Afridi has achieved this feat as the fastest paceman to reach 100 wickets in the 50-over format.

Afridi has outpaced the experienced Australian speedster Mitchell Starc to claim the title of the fastest fast bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets. The Pakistani pace sensation achieved this remarkable feat in just 51 games, while Australia’s Starc entered the prestigious club after 52 matches. Following them closely are Shane Bond, who accomplished the feat in 54 matches, Mustafizur Rahman with 54, and Brett Lee in 55 games.

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The Top 5 Fast Bowlers To Reach 100 Wickets In ODI

1. Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi currently spearheads Pakistan’s pace attack, assuming the role of bowling leader. As a left-arm pacer, he is renowned for his ability to snatch wickets right from his first over. In a groundbreaking achievement, he surpassed Starc’s record by reaching 100 ODI wickets in just 51 games, securing his position as the swiftest pacer on this prestigious list.

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2. Mitchell Strac

Mitchell Starc is a standout paceman in contemporary cricket, excelling across various formats. As a left-arm pacer, he holds the distinction of being the quickest bowler to achieve approximately 200 ODI wickets. Thus, in fast bowling, he stands as the second fastest to reach the 100-wicket mark in ODIs, achieving this milestone in 52 matches. Till Now, Starc has amassed an impressive total of 227 wickets in just 117 ODIs, accompanied by a remarkable nine five-wicket hauls.

3. Shane Bond

Shane Bond, a formidable pacer for New Zealand, was known for his lethal combination of speed and swing. He achieved the 100-wicket mark in just 54 ODI matches, showcasing his prowess. Throughout his career spanning 82 ODIs, Bond claimed 147 wickets at an impressive average of 20.88, with a best performance of 6/19. However, persistent injuries limited his time in the game.

4. Mustafizur Rahman

Mustafizur Rahman, a prominent Bangladeshi pacer, made a remarkable debut on the international stage. His unconventional wrist position rendered him occasionally unplayable. Rahman’s rapid ascent saw him reach 50 ODI wickets in just 27 matches and the reach 100-wicket milestone in 57 innings, securing his place as the fourth fastest pacer to achieve this feat.

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5. Brett Lee

Brett Lee, known for his status as one of cricket’s fastest bowlers, was a distinguished member of the elite group who consistently hit 100 mph speeds. Also, his extraordinary pace was complemented by an outstanding collection of records and statistics. Lee accomplished the remarkable feat of capturing 100 ODI wickets in just 55 matches. When he concluded his career, he had amassed a total of 380 ODI wickets in 221 matches, with an outstanding strike rate of 29.4.