The players in this list are said to be the cricketing legends and of the finest bowlers the cricket has ever seen. These players have recorded the highest number of wickets in a single year. Mostly bowlers tend to pick up more wickets in their peak period. These 10 bowlers have performed in their highest form during this time and recorded their benchmarks in the history of cricket. The surprising part of this list is, that most of the bowlers are from the late 90s and early 20s. There are no new-age bowlers in this top 10 list. Let’s now jump into this list and find out the players.
1. Saqlain Mushtaq
The player at the top of this list is the former bowler and cricketing legend from team Pakistan SAQLAIN MUSHTAQ for his performance in the year 1997. This was the best year in his cricket career. He played a total of 36 matches and conceded 1293 runs. He took a total of 69 wickets this year and his best figure was 5/38.
2. Saqlain Mushtaq
At no.2 is once again SAQLAIN MUSHTAQ from team Pakistan for his enduring performance in the year 1996. This was before his best year, and he played 33 matches this year and conceded 1260 runs overall. He took a total of 65 wickets and his best figure was 5/29 this year. Along with all this, he bowled 17 maiden overs.
3. Saeed Ajmal
The player at the 3rd spot is another Pakistani cricketer and bowler SAEED AJMAL for his performance in the year 2013. This was the peak year for him in his ODI career and he took 62 wickets in this particular year and played a total of 33 matches. His best bowling figure of the year was 5/24, and along with this, he bowled 15 maiden overs.
4. Shane Warne
The player at the 4th spot is the former Australian cricketer and master of spin bowling SHANE WARNE for his performance in the year 1999. He took a total of 62 wickets this year and played 37 matches. He conceded 1443 runs this year and his best bowling figure of the year was 4/29. He also bowled 27 maiden overs this year.
5. Anil Kumble
The player at the 5th spot is the former cricketer and bowler ANIL KUMBLE from team India for his performance in the year 1996. This was his best year in his ODI career and he took a total of 61 wickets this year. He conceded a total of 1235 runs and his best bowling figure for the year was 4/12. He also bowled 16 maiden over this year.
6. Shaun Pollock
The player at the 6th spot is the former cricketer and bowler from team South Africa SHAUN POLLOCK. This was his excellent performance in the year 2000. He took a total of 61 wickets and played 38 matches. He conceded 1319 runs and his bowling figure was 5/20. He also bowled 28 maiden overs this year
7. Abdul Razzaq
The player at the 7th spot is the former Pakistani cricketer and bowler ABDUL RAZZAQ for his performance in the year 2000. This was the peak period of his ODI career and he took a total of 61 wickets this year and played 38 matches. He conceded a total of 1370 runs and his best bowling figure was 5/48 in 2000.
8. Waqar Younis
The player at the 8th spot is another great bowler and cricketer from team Pakistan WAQAR YOUNIS for his amazing performance in the year 1996. This year he took a total of 60 wickets and played 35 ODI matches. He conceded 1348 runs this year and his best bowling figure was 6/44. He also bowled 17 maiden overs this year.
9. Ajit Agarkar
The player in this place is the young AJIT AGARKAR from team India in the year 1998. He was quite a performer in the 90s and early 2000s. This was the best year for his ODI career and he took 58 wickets and played 30 matches. He conceded a total of 1378 runs and his best figure was 4/35 this year.
10. Muthiah Muralidaran
The player at the 10th spot is the legendary cricketer and spin bowler MUTHIAH MURALIDARAN from team Sri Lanka for his best performance in the year 2001. This year he took a total of 56 wickets and played 33 matches. He conceded 1019 runs and his best bowling figure was 5/30. He also bowled 29 maiden overs this year.