One-day cricket history: Bowlers are important in any format of cricket. Batsmen can win you matches but it is considered very important for bowlers to perform well to win a tournament or series. If the bowling of a team is good, then the chances of winning it increase.
The Pakistan team was quite famous for its bowling and even now Pakistan has many tremendous bowlers. Take names like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Qadir, Aaqib Javed, but this list will not end.
If we talk about other teams, bowlers like Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Antoni, Heath Streak were very popular.
If there is the best bowler in a team, he does his complete overs and gets a chance to play in consecutive matches. The regular bowlers of the team have to bowl a lot because they are all dormant.
This is why such bowlers bowl a lot in their careers. We will tell you about the top 3 bowlers who have bowled the most balls in ODI history.
The record of most bowling deliveries in ODI cricket is to former Sri Lankan veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. In his career from 1993 to 2011, Muralitharan bowled 18811 balls in 350 ODIs.
During this time he took the highest number of 534 wickets. Muttiah Muralitharan also holds the record for the highest number of 800 wickets in Tests and he did this against India in his last Test match.
Wasim Akram is one of the greatest bowlers in the world. Whenever it comes to swing, Wasim Akram’s name is taken with great respect.
He was part of the 1992 World Cup-winning Pakistani team. He won many matches in his career to the Pakistan team on his bowling.
Wasim Akram played a total of 356 ODIs for Pakistan from 1984 to 2003 and bowled 18186 balls during this period. Wasim Akram took 502 wickets and spent 11812 runs in his career.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is at number three on this list. Afridi was a tremendous aggressive batsman but he also used to do a lot of spin bowling.
He often won the Pakistani team by taking wickets on important occasions. This is the reason why he became a regular bowler of the team and he bowled continuously.
Shahid Afridi played a total of 398 ODIs in his ODI career from 1996 to 2015 and during this time 17670 balls were bowled. Shahid Afridi spent 13632 runs in his ODI career and also took 395 wickets.