Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath (Source: Google Images)

Glenn McGrath – One of the most successful bowlers in Australian Cricket history has picked the 5 best bowlers in ODI cricket. In the bowling-friendly era, the size of bats and boundaries were way different from the modern era of cricket.


Glenn McGrath was the vital cog of Australia who had a career spanning for 14 years between 1993-2007. Nickname “Pigeon” had taken 381 wickets in white-ball cricket. In the recent conversation, he has listed the five best fast bowlers of white-ball cricket and also said that “Surprising there is no bowler from the current era of cricket”. Here are the top 5 best bowlers in ODI selected by Glenn McGrath-

1) Wasim Akram (Pakistan – 502 Wickets)

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Former Pakistan’s fast bowler Wasim Akram: Google Images

Glenn McGrath started with the one of best left-arm fast bowlers in the history of cricket Wasim Akram who is also the “Sultan of Swing”.

The first-ever bowler in history who had started the trend of reverse swing with the old ball which was later followed by most of the fast bowlers. Wasim Akram had taken 502 wickets in ODI cricket for Pakistan and also is the highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket history.

2) Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka – 534 wickets)

Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan (Source: Google Images)

Glenn McGrath picked up the Magician of Spin bowling Muttiah Muralitharan as the second player in this list. With 534 wickets in 350 ODIs, Muralitharan still holds the record of the leading wicket in white-ball cricket.

Muttiah Muralitharan was a member of the golden era of the Sri Lanka team and one of the most successful bowlers to ever played cricket across the formats. Muralitharan alongside Chaminda Vass was the vital cogs for Sri Lanka. Muthiah Muralitharan along the Glenn McGrath were the two bowlers to enters the club 500 wickets of his times.

3) Brett Lee (Australia – 380 Wickets)

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Former Australia bowler Brett Lee (Source: Google Images)

After Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath picked his teammate Brett Lee in this list of best bowlers in ODI. Although Brett Lee’s career was around injuries. However, he entered into the famous Australian team at the time who had the big match-winners but still he had cemented his place in the team.

Brett Lee on his day was the most fearsome bowler in White-ball cricket. Lee has 380 wickets in his ODI career before he has dropped the curtains in 2012 from cricket.

4) Chaminda Vass (Sri Lanka – 400 Wickets)

Chaminda Vass, best bowlers of ODI cricket
Chaminda Vass (Source: Google Images)

After Brett Lee Glenn Mcgrath picked Sri Lankan bowler Chaminda Vass. He was also part of the golden era of the Sri Lanka team which included Kumar Sangarkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

In the 322 ODI games Vass had taken 400 wickets and turned into the second-best bowler in Sri Lanka cricket history before retired from cricket in 2008.


5) Shaun Pollock (South Africa – 393 Wickets)

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Former South African cricketer Shaun Pollock: Google Images

Glenn McGrath picked Shaun Pollock as his fifth and last choice as best bowlers in ODI cricket. Shaun Pollock and South Africa it was the best thing to have ever happened when they were going through the transition period after they have returned to cricket in 1992.

Into the 90s the era famous for fast bowling Shaun Pollock was responsible for many batting collapses of famous teams. In 303 ODIs for South Africa, Shaun Pollock took 393 wickets. This is still a record under his name to be most successful bowler in white-ball cricket for South Africa cricket.


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