Most Wickets Taken in ODI 2018
In this article, we look at 10 bowlers who took the most ODI wickets in 2018. Afghan bowler Rashid Khan leads the pack with 48 wickets from 20 matches.
- Top 10 Highest Wicket Takers in ODI 2018
Top 10 Highest Wicket Takers in ODI 2018
1. Rashid Khan – 48 Wickets
Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan holds the record for the most ODI wickets in 2018. In 20 matches played during the year, Khan took 48 wickets at an average of 14.45 and an economy rate of 3.89. The leg spinner, who enjoyed a strike rate of 22.2, took one four-wicket haul and two five-wicket hauls. He had the best bowling figures of 5/24 taken against Zimbabwe in the 3rd match of a series on Zimbabwe’s tour of the UAE played in Sharjah on 13 February 2018. After Zimbabwe were bowled out for 154 in 34.3 overs, Afghanistan chased down the target with 6 wickets and over 22 overs to spare.
2. Kuldeep Yadav – 45 Wickets
Indian left-arm unorthodox spin bowler Kuldeep Yadav played 19 matches in 2018 in which he took 45 wickets at 17.77. With an economy rate of 4.64 and a strike rate of 22.9. Yadav had two four-wicket hauls and one five-wicket haul during the year, including his top returns of 6/25. In the 1st ODI of a series in Nottingham on 12 July 2018, Yadav’s 6/25 helped bowl out England for 268 to set up an 8-wicket win for India.
3. Adil Rashid – 42 Wickets
England’s right-arm leg-break bowler Adil Rashid took 42 wickets in 2018 in 24 matches at an average of 27.47. He enjoyed an economy rate of 5.41 and a strike rate of 30.4. Rashid took 2 four-wicket hauls, including his best bowling figures of 4/36. Rashid had his best haul in the 3rd match of a series held in Pallekele on 17 October 2018 when his 4/36 helped restrict the hosts to 150/9 in 21 overs in a rain-curtailed game. England went on to register a 7-wicket victory.
4. Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 37 Wickets
A right-arm off break bowler from Afghanistan, Mujeeb played 20 ODIs in 2018 and took 37 wickets at 19.54 with an economy rate of 3.84 and a strike rate of 30.4. He registered one four-wicket haul as well as one five-wicket haul, including the best figures of 5/50, during the year. On the back of Mujeeb’s 5/50, Afghanistan bowled out Zimbabwe for 134 in the 4th match of a series in Sharjah on 16 February 2018 before Afghanistan chased down the target with 10 wickets to spare.
5. TL Chatara – 30 Wickets
Zimbabwe’s right-arm paceman TL Chatara took 30 wickets in 21 matches played in 2018 at an average of 27.03. He enjoyed an economy rate of 5.23 and a strike rate of 30.9. His best bowling figures were 4/33, his only four-wicket haul in the year. In the 2nd match of a tri-nation series, Zimbabwe batted first and scored 290/6. Chatara took 4/33 to help bowl out Sri Lanka for 278 in 48.1 overs, enabling his side to win by 12 runs.
6. Mustafizur Rahman – 29 Wickets
Mustafizur, a left-arm fast-medium bowler from Bangladesh, played 18 ODI matches in 2018 to take 29 wickets at 21.72 with an economy rate of 4.20 and a strike rate of 31.0. His best bowling figures were 4/43, his only four-wicket haul. In the 6th match of the Asia Cup played in Abu Dhabi on 26 September 2018, Bangladesh batted first and were bowled out for 239. When Pakistan replied, Rahman’s 4/33 helped restrict them to 202/9 in their allotted overs.
7. Y S Chahal – 29 Wickets
Yuzvendra Chahal, India’s right-arm leg spinner, grabbed 29 wickets in 2018 from 17 matches played. He registered a bowling average of 26.00 during the year, with an economy rate of 4.82 and a strike rate of 32.3. He had one four-wicket haul and one five-wicket haul, with his best bowling figures of 5/22. In the first innings of the 2nd match of a series in Centurion on 4 February 2018, Chahal took 5/22 to help bowl out South Africa for 118, setting up the platform for India to register a 9-wicket win.
8. MM Ali – 29 Wickets
Moeen Ali, England’s right-arm off spinner, took 29 wickets in 29 ODIs played in 2018 at an average of 34.48. He had an economy rate of 5.10 and a strike rate of 40.5. His best bowling figures were 4/46, his solitary four-wicket haul during the year. Batting first in the 5th match of a series in Manchester on 24 June 2018, Australia were bowled out for 205 thanks to Ali’s haul of 4/46. England crossed the line with one wicket and 9 balls to spare.
9. A Dananjaya – 28 Wickets
Akila Dananjaya, Sri Lankan right-arm spinner who bowls both off breaks and leg breaks, played 16 ODI games in 2018 to take 28 wickets at 23.00. He registered an economy rate of 5.22 and a strike rate of 26.3 with one four-wicket haul and one five-wicket haul, including his best bowling figures of 6/29. In the 5th ODI of a series in Colombo on 12 August 2018, Sri Lanka batted first and posted a score of 299/8. When the visitors batted, they were bowled out for 121, falling prey to the guile of Akila Dananjaya who took 6/29.
10.L Ngidi – 26 wickets
Lungi Ngidi, the right-arm fast bowler from South Africa, took 26 wickets in 13 matches played in 2018. He maintained a bowling average of 23.03 while registering an economy rate of 5.56 and a strike rate of 24.8 with two four-wicket hauls, including his best bowling figures of 4/51. In the 5th ODI of a series in Port Elizabeth on 13 February 2018, India batted first and scored 274/7 in their allotted overs. Ngidi’s haul of 4/51 helped restrict India’s score — which was a healthy 153/1 in the 26th over — to 274/7. Unfortunately for Ngidi and South Africa, his effort went in vain as the hosts collapsed to be all out for 201.
A common feature of these 10 achievers is in the impressive economy rates they maintained alongside their great averages and strike rates.
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