One Day International (ODI) cricket was first introduced in 1971 as Australia faced England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). At first, it was a 60 over per side match. Meanwhile, the cricket world cup was introduced first in 1974 after the limited-overs format introduced in 1971. West Indies were the first team to lift the limited-overs ICC trophy in the inaugural edition. However, soon it changes and it became a 50 over per side game. Time fills and many teams had lifted the ODI trophy in different ICC tournaments rather than ICC World Cup like Champions Trophy started in 1998.
2021 is a rollercoaster ride for ODI cricket as not that many ODIs have happened this year. Although, the minor teams have played with each other for the ICC World Cup 2023 qualifications called ICC super league. In this article, we are going to disclose the top 10 bowlers who have taken the most wickets in ODIs in 2021.
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#10. Bilal Khan | Oman | 15 wickets
Left-arm pacer of Oman Bilal Khan has scalped 15 wickets in ODIs in 2021 as he stands at number 10 in our list of most ODI wickets in 2021. In 2021, Bilal has played 10 ODI matches, in which he has scalped those 15 wickets with an average of 23.80. Moreover, he has bowled with an economy rate of 5.02 and his best bowling figure of 2021 is 4/47.
#9. Mehidy Hasan Miraz | Bangladesh | 15 wickets
Bangladesh bowling all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz comes at number 9 on our list. Mehidy has also taken 15 wickets in ODIs he played in 2021. Meanwhile, he has played 11 ODIs in which he has grabbed those 15 wickets with an average of 19.80. Mehidy has bowled with an impressive economy rate of 3.83 and his best bowling figure of 2021 is 4/25. Moreover, Mehidy has scalped 4 wickets twice in ODIs of 2021.
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#8. Andy Mcbrine | Ireland | 16 wickets
Ireland’s right-arm off-break bowler Andy Mcbrine has scalped 16 wickets in 14 ODI matches of 2021. Mcbrine has scalped those 16 wickets with an average of 25.18. Meanwhile, he bowls with an economy rate of 3.87 and his best bowling figure in 2021 is 5/29 in ODIs. Mcbrine has played 61 ODIs in his career and scalped 64 wickets with an average of 33.
#7. Zeeshan Maqsood | Oman | 16 wickets
Left-arm orthodox spinner of Oman Zeeshan Maqsood has also taken 16 wickets in ODIs of 2021. Maqsood has played 10 ODI matches and bowled with an average of 21.18. Zeeshan has bowled with an economic rate of 4.25. His best bowling figures are 4/28 in ODIs of 2021. For his brilliant performance, he registered his name on this list of bowlers with the most wickets in ODIs in 2021.
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#6. Joshua Little | Ireland | 17 wickets
The left-arm fast bowler from Ireland Joshua Little has also registered his name on this list of bowlers with the most wickets in ODIs of 2021. Little has played 10 ODI matches and scalped 17 wickets with an average of 20.11. Meanwhile, little bowls with a good economic rate of 4.25 in those games. His best figure of ODIs in 2021 is 4/39. Joshua has played 16 ODIs and taken 27 wickets in his ODI career so far.
#5. Shakib Al Hasan | Bangladesh | 17 wickets
Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has always been phenomenal in the limited-overs format. Shakib has played 9 matches and scalped 17 wickets with an impressive average of 17.52. Moreover, Shakib has taken a fifer in ODIs in 2021. His best bowling figure of 2021 is 5/30 and he bowls with an economy rate of 3.67. He has also taken a four-wicket hall in ODIs of 2021. Therefore, he comes at number 5 on our list of bowlers with the most wickets in ODIs in 2021.
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#4. Mustafizur Rahman | Bangladesh | 18 wickets
Another Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman has made himself on the list. Mustafizur has scalped 18 ODI wickets in 2021 and bowls with an average of 21.55. Mustafizur has played 10 matches and scalped 18 wickets and bowls with an economy rate of 5.03 in ODIs of 2021. His best bowling figure of ODIs in 2021 is 3/16. Mustafizur has played 68 ODIs and taken 127 wickets so far in his international cricket career.
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#3. Sandeep Lamichhane | Nepal | 18 wickets
Nepal’s leggie Sandeep Lamichhane has had a brilliant run in international cricket since 2018. Lamichhane has just played 6 matches and scalped 18 wickets with a brilliant average of 7.38. He has also bowled with an impressive strike rate of 13.9. His best figure in ODIs of 2021 is 6/1. Moreover, Lamichhane has scalped four wickets two times in this year rather than the fifer. Sandeep Lamichhane has played 16 matches in ODIs and taken 41 wickets with an average of 12.41 so far.
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#2. Simi Singh | Ireland | 19 wickets
Ireland batting all-rounder Simi Singh had a great run in the recently conducted T20 World Cup 2021. Simi Singh has played 13 ODI matches in 2021 and scalped 19 wickets. Simi has bowled with an average of 20.15 and has also a good economic rate of 3.67 in ODIs. He has also taken a fifer in ODIs of 2021. The bowling figures are 5/10. In his ODI career, Simi Singh has played 33 ODIs and taken 37 wickets so far.
#1. Dushmantha Chameera | Sri Lanka | 20 wickets
Sri Lanka pacer Dushmantha Chameera has topped our list of most wickets in ODIs in 2021 as he took 20 wickets in ODIs of 2021. Chameera has played 14 matches and scalped 20 wickets with an average of 29.30. Moreover, he has also bowled with a decent economic rate of 5.51. He has also taken a fifer in ODIs of 2022. His best bowling figure is 5/16. Moreover, he has also had a great run in the recently finished Lankan Premier League of 2021.
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N.B: The stats are accurate as of 24/12/2021.