Top 10 Pakistani ODI Bowlers – Leading One Day International Cricket Bowlers

Pakistan has produced many great bowlers, many of them are considered among the greatest ODI bowlers ever. Here is the list of top 10 ODI bowlers:

Top 10 ODI Bowlers:

1.       Imran Khan

One of the finest fast bowlers Pakistan has ever produced, Imran Khan turned many matches in Pakistan’s favor with his top class fast bowling. He had a attacking bowling action with great speed. He made one of the top opening bowling attack with Wasim Akram. His peak of the career was when he led Pakistan to 1992 world cup victory. ODI Wickets to his credit are 182.

2.       Mudassar Nazar

First Pakistani bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets, Muddasar Nazar was a useful ODI bowler with his accurate line and length.  ODI Wickets: 111

3.       Abdul Qadir

Abdul Qadir really revived the art of leg spin bowling especially at ODI level. He has huge success with the ball to become a permanent member of Pakistani ODI squad and played a major role in many Pakistani ODI victories. ODI Wickets: 132

4.       Wasim Akram

Great left arm fast bowler, Wasim Akram is considered one of the best bowlers ODI world has ever seen. He was such a difficult bowler to score runs against due to his variety and control on the ball. He had played an instrumental role for Pakistan in 1992 world cup  with 3 crucial wickets in the final. He got 2 hat-tricks in ODI cricket and judged man of the match on 22 occasions.  ODI Wickets: 502

5.       Aaqib Javed

Aqib Javed was one the finest fast bowler of 1990s for Pakistan. He held the record of best ODI bowling for many years.  He was an important member of Pakistan’s 1992 world cup winning squad where he opened the bowling for Pakistan with Wasim Akram. ODI Wickets: 182

6.       Waqar Younis

A speedster with reverse-swinging yorkers, Waqar Younus with Wasim Akram formed one of the most feared bowling attack in the world. His banana swing was almost unplayable which trapped even the finest batsmen of that time.  ODI Wickets: 416

7.       Mushtaq Ahmed

An important member of 1992 world cup winning Pakistani team, Mushtaq Ahmad was a perfect leg spinner with great variety of delivers. He succeeded Abdul Qadir in the ODI team and performed that role up to the mark. His top ball was googly and he used it to trap Graeme Hick LBW in world cup 1992 final at a crucial time. ODI Wickets: 161

8.       Saqlain Mushtaq

Inventor of ‘Doosra’, Saqlain Mushtaq is perhaps the most successful off-spinner Pakistan has ever had.  He holds the world record of most number of wickets in a calendar year with 69 wickets in 1997. ODI Wickets: 288

9.       Shoaib Akhtar

One of the fastest bowler world have ever seen, Sohaib Akhtar was the first bolwer to bow over 100 miles/hour in the history of cricket. On his day, this legendary fast bowler could destroy any batting lineup single-handedily ODI Wickets: 213

10.   Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afiridi is a an effective leg spinner with variety of balls in his armoury. His excellent bowling has helped Pakistan to won many matches for his excellent performance with the ball. ODI Wickets: 242.

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