In past, India and Sri Lanka have made many exciting matches. There was a time when both the team had many legendary players and the matches used to be very exciting and entertaining for the fans. One example of such an exciting match is the 2011 World Cup final. Also from 18 July 2021, the second-string team of India will be playing against Sri Lanka in 3 ODI matches and 3 T20 matches. Right before the series starts, let’s take a look at the cricketers with the most wickets in ODIs in India vs Sri Lanka series.
1. Muttiah Muralidharan
Muttiah Muralitharan tops the list with the most wickets in ODI in India vs Sri Lanka series. The legend is considered one of the greatest spinners in cricket history because of his phenomenal performances in both limited and unlimited formats. He has dismissed Indian batsmen 74 Times with an average of 31.78 and a strike rate of 44.5.
2. Chaminda Vaas
Chaminda Vaas holds the second position on this list. He is one of the most terrific bowlers of Sri Lanka and had an exclusive performance in both the limited and test formats of the game. Also, he is one of the bowlers to take 400 wickets in ODI. His ability to take wickets with inswingers was something that helped the team a lot of times. The Sri Lankan legend has picked up 70 wickets against India in the ODI series return average of 31.61 and a strike rate of 40.6.
3. Zaheer Khan
The Indian cricketer with the most wickets in ODIs in India vs Sri Lanka series is Zaheer Khan. He was an important member of the Indian squad in the 2011 World Cup final. Also, he has bowled the most number of balls (426.2 overs) against Sri Lanka in ODIs. He has picked up 66 wickets against Sri Lanka in ODI matches with an average of 32.19 and a strike rate of 38.7.
4. Harbhajan Singh
The fourth bowler with the most wickets on this list is Harbhajan Singh. He is the only spinner in the top five bowlers. His last match against Sri Lanka was the 2011 world cup final where he picked up 1 wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan. Against Sri Lanka, he has bowled 392.1 overs and picked up 61 wickets with an average of 26.95 and a strike rate of 38.5.
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5. Ajit Agarkar
The fifth player on this list with the most ODI wickets in India vs Sri Lanka series is Ajit Agarkar. In the late 90s and early 2000s, he was a very important bowler of the team and was appreciated and favoured by a lot of team members as well. His wicket-taking ability helped him to excel in the ODI format. He dismissed Sri Lankan batsmen 49 times with an of 20.61 and a strike rate of 24.7.