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Most wickets by a Pakistan bowler in ODI cricket history

Pakistan has produced some exceptional cricketers who have left an indelible mark on the world of ODI cricket. Pakistan’s One Day International (ODI) history has been marked by numerous achievements, talented players, and memorable moments. The team has consistently been a force to be reckoned with in limited-overs cricket and has produced some exceptional bowlers over the years.

In this list, we highlight the players who have taken the most Test wickets for Pakistan, showcasing the incredible talent and contributions of these bowling legends. These bowlers have left an indelible mark on Pakistan’s cricketing legacy with their exceptional skills and match-winning performances in the 50 over format of the game. Let’s take a closer look at the top wicket-takers who have made Pakistan proud on the ODI arena.

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List of players with the most ODI wickets for Pakistan

1. Wasim Akram – He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in cricket history. Wasim Akram took an impressive total of 502 wickets in 356 ODI matches during his illustrious career from 1984 to 2003. He was known for his deadly swing and seam bowling, making him a fearsome bowler in both the early and late stages of an innings.

2. Waqar Younis – Another legendary fast bowler, Waqar Younis, claimed 416 wickets in 262 ODI matches between 1989 and 2003. He was famous for his lethal inswinging yorkers and reverse swing, which troubled even the best batsmen. Waqar played a key role in Pakistan’s success in the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

3. Shahid Afridi – Although primarily known for his explosive batting, Shahid Afridi was also a handy leg-spinner who scalped 395 wickets in 398 ODI matches from 1996 to 2018. Afridi was famous for his aggressive and attacking style of play, but he converted into a bowler towards the end of his career.

4. Abdul Razzaq – A versatile all-rounder, Abdul Razzaq claimed 269 wickets in 265 ODI matches from 1996 to 2011. Apart from his ability to swing the ball, Razzaq was also a destructive lower-order batsman, capable of turning matches around with his power-hitting.

5. Imran Khan – The legendary all-rounder and former Pakistan captain, Imran Khan, took 182 wickets in 175 ODI matches during his career from 1971 to 1992. While Imran Khan was more renowned for his exceptional leadership and batting, his accurate and skilful fast bowling also contributed significantly to Pakistan’s success.

Most wickets by a Pakistan player in ODI matches

PlayerMatchesBowling typeWickets
Wasim Akram356Left arm pacer502
Waqar Younis262Right arm pacer416
Shahid Afridi398Right arm leg spinner395
Abdul Razzaq265Right arm medium fast bowler269
Imran Khan175Right arm pacer162

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