Bowlers are one of the main reasons for winning a cricket match. They claim the wickets for the team, which helps the team, win it. West Indies has produced many great bowlers who helped them become one of the best teams in the world. Bowlers like Curtly Ambrose, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, and Andy Roberts played a vital role in establishing West Indies' bowling unit in the 1980s. Below is the list of the top ten bowlers from the West Indies with the most five-wicket hauls in ODI matches.
1. Curtly Ambrose
Curtly Ambrose is a West Indies legend who played as a fast bowler. He took 225 wickets in 176 ODI matches with an economy of nearly three. Ambrose took four five-wicket hauls in his ODI career, with his career-best performance against Australia with his bowling figures reading 5/17.
2. Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach sits second on this list. He took three five-wicket hauls in his ODI career of 92 matches in which he took 124 wickets. His career-best performance of 6/27 came against the Netherlands in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
3. Joel Garner
Joel Garner was one of the greatest fast bowlers in the 1980s. He took 98 wickets in 98 matches in his ODI career, including three five-wicket hauls. Garner's career-best performance came against Australia in the 1983-84 World Series match at Melbourne Cricket Ground. His bowling figures read 5/31.
4. Mervyn Dillon
Mervyn Dillon was a regular member of the West Indies ODI team in the early 2000s. He played 108 ODI matches and took 130 wickets. Dillon took three five-wicket hauls in his ODI career, with his career-best performance coming against Bangladesh in 2004. His bowling figures were 5/29.
5. Ottis Gibson
Ottis Gibson didn't play much ODI cricket for the West Indies, but he made an impression in such a short period. He was a part of only 15 ODI matches and took 34 wickets. Gibson picked up two five-wicket hauls, with his career-best performance coming against Sri Lanka, in which his bowling figures read 5/40.
6. Vasbert Drakes
Vasbert Drakes is a former Caribbean fast bowler. He hailed from Barbados and was a part of the West Indies ODI team from 1995. Drakes took 51 wickets in 34 ODI matches and picked up two five-wicket hauls. His best bowling figures are 5/33, which he took against Kenya in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
7. Fidel Edwards
Fidel Edwards began playing for the West Indies ODI team from the mid-2000s. He had a little bit different action compared to other bowlers. He was a part of 50 ODI matches in which he took 60 wickets. Edwards picked up two five-wicket hauls in his ODI career, with his best performance against Zimbabwe in 2003 at Harare. His bowling figures read 6/22.
8. Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine is currently one of the best spinners in the world. His mystery bowling fools most of the batters every time. His best bowling figures read 6/22, which he claimed against South Africa at Guyana in 2016. He picked up 92 wickets in 65 ODIs and took two five-wicket hauls.
9. Ravi Rampaul
Ravi Rampaul last played an ODI match in 2015 for the men in maroon. He played in 92 ODI matches and took 117 wickets. Rampaul has two five-wicket hauls to his name with his best bowling figures against Bangladesh in 2012 at Khulna. His bowling figures read 5/49 in that match.
10. Ian Bishop
Ian Bishop is seen in the commentary box nowadays. But he was a good bowler in his playing days. Bishop took 118 wickets in 84 ODI matches and took two five-wicket hauls. His best bowling figures are 5/25, which he claimed against Pakistan at Brisbane in 1993.