Shami powers his way to 100

The pace bowlers fastest to reach 100 ODI wickets, India's biggest ODI defeats in terms of balls left, and more.

Mohammed Shami is now by far the quickest among Asian pace bowlers to take 100 ODI wickets.   -  AFP


The number of matches Mohammed Shami took to claim his 100th One-Day International wicket, in the opening match of the series against New Zealand at Napier. In doing so, he became the joint sixth quickest bowler in ODI history to reach this landmark. However, among pace bowlers he is now the joint fourth quickest in ODIs and by far the quickest by an Asian pace bowler.

Pace bowlers taking fewest ODI matches to reach 100 wickets

BowlerNo. of ODIsCountryOpponentAchieved onVenueWicketsAverageStrike rateRuns per over
Mitchell Starc52AustraliaSri LankaAugust 21, 2016Colombo (RPS)10119.5224.504.78
Shane Bond54New ZealandEnglandJanuary 23, 2007Adelaide10119.5227.164.31
Brett Lee55AustraliaEnglandJanuary 25, 2003Melbourne10022.4828.644.71
Trent Boult56New ZealandWest IndiesDecember 23, 2017Christchurch (Hagley Oval)10125.2130.185.01
Mohammed Shami56IndiaNew ZealandJanuary 23, 2019Napier10225.6825.685.50
Waqar Younis59PakistanZimbabweFebruary 1, 1993Sharjah10119.4028.304.11
Irfan Pathan59IndiaPakistanApril 19, 2006Abu Dhabi10224.2429.794.88
Morne Morkel59South AfricaNew ZealandJanuary 22, 2013Kimberley10223.3328.474.92


The number of balls that remained during New Zealand’s emphatic eight-wicket victory over India at Hamilton. This is now India’s biggest ever ODI defeat in terms of balls to spare for the opponent.

India’s biggest defeats in ODIs in terms of balls remaining for the opponent

BallsOpponentTotalWin by (wickets)OversVenueDateIndia captain
212New Zealand93/2814.4HamiltonJanuary 31, 2019Rohit Sharma
209Sri Lanka104/2815.1DambullaAugust 22, 2010M. S. Dhoni
181Sri Lanka139/1919.5HambantotaJuly 24, 2012M. S. Dhoni
176Sri Lanka114/3720.4DharamsalaDecember 10, 2017Rohit Sharma
174Australia64/1921SydneyJanuary 8, 1981Sunil Gavaskar
166Australia128/1922.2CenturionFebruary 15, 2003Sourav Ganguly
146New Zealand123/3725.4QueenstownJanuary 4, 2003Sourav Ganguly
145Australia149/1925.5Baroda (IPCL)October 11, 2007M. S. Dhoni


The number of matches taken by Trent Boult to claim his 100th ODI wicket in New Zealand. He did so during the fourth match of the series at Hamilton. This is now the fewest matches taken by any bowler to claim his 100th wicket in a particular country, obliterating the previous record of 53 games held by Pakistani Waqar Younis in the UAE.

Bowlers with fewest ODI matches to claim 100 wickets in a particular country

BowlerODIsForCountryAchieved on
Trent Boult49New ZealandNew ZealandJanuary 31, 2019
Waqar Younis53PakistanUAENovember 4, 2001
Glenn McGrath56AustraliaAustraliaJanuary 30, 2001
Brett Lee56AustraliaAustraliaJanuary 20, 2006
Shaun Pollock60South Africa#South AfricaOctober 22, 2001
Makhaya Ntini61South AfricaSouth AfricaMarch 5, 2006
Wasim Akram62PakistanUAEOctober 18, 1999
Shane Warne62AustraliaAustraliaJanuary 14, 2001
Ajit Agarkar63IndiaIndiaOctober 26, 2006
Abdur Razzak63BangladeshBangladeshDecember 6, 2011
Anil Kumble66IndiaIndiaNovember 11, 1999
Muttiah Muralitharan66Sri LankaSri LankaFebruary 20, 2004
Darren Gough66EnglandEnglandJune 16, 2005
Sanath Jayasuriya66Sri LankaSri LankaJuly 20, 2007

# Also played for other sides (eg. Asia XI)


The number of bowlers who have managed to claim 100 or more ODI wickets in a particular country.

In Australia (5)Brett Lee (169), Glenn McGrath (161), Shane Warne (136), Craig McDermott (125), Steve Waugh (101)
In India (5)Anil Kumble (126), Harbhajan Singh (114), Ajit Agarkar (109), Javagal Srinath (103), Kapil Dev (100)
In South Africa (3)Shaun Pollock (197), Makhaya Ntini (122), Jacques Kallis (119)
In Sri Lanka (3)Muttiah Muralitharan (154), Lasith Malinga (124), Sanath Jayasuriya (119)
In Bangladesh (3)Shakib Al Hasan (149), Mashrafe Mortaza (143), Abdur Razzak (122)
In UAE (3)Wasim Akram (122), Waqar Younis (114), Shahid Afridi (105)
In England (2)James Anderson (131), Darren Gough (108)
In New Zealand (2)Daniel Vettori (129), Trent Boult (102)
In West Indies (1)Dwayne Bravo (126)

Queries Corner

How often have two individual hundreds been registered in the same innings in Twenty20 cricket? – Ajay Kartik, Madurai.

Apart from the recent instance that occurred in Bangladesh on January 25, there have been two other earlier instances in T20 cricket where two centuries have been registered in the same innings.

Gloucestershire (254-3) vs Middlesex at Uxbridge on June 26, 2011: Kevin O’Brien 119, Hamish Marshall 102 (both openers)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (248-3) vs Gujarat Lions at Bangalore on May 14, 2016: Virat Kohli 109, A. B. de Villiers 129* (batting at No. 2 and No. 3)

Rangpur Riders (239-4) vs Chittagong Vikings at Chattogram on January 25, 2019: Alex Hales 100, Rilee Rossouw 100* (batting at No. 2 and No. 3)

What has been the highest total made in the fourth innings of a Ranji Trophy match? Could you also please provide some details of the match? – Rajesh Kamath, Chennai.

The highest total made in the fourth innings of a Ranji Trophy match is Maharashtra’s 604 against Bombay while chasing a mammoth target of 959. The match played to a finish (i.e. a timeless match) was the 1948-49 semifinal played at the Poona Club Ground on March 5-11, 1949. Bombay finally won by 354 runs on the seventh day after the home side batted for 177.3 overs. The brief summary of the match:

Bombay won the toss elected to bat.

Bombay (first innings): 651 in 196.4 overs (Madhav Mantri 200, Uday Merchant 143, Dattu Phadkar 131; Yeshwant Gokhale 4/35)

Maharashtra (first innings): 407 in 162.2 overs (Manohar Datar 143, Madhusudan Rege 133; Keki Tarapore 6/119)

Bombay (second innings): 714/8d in 170.5 overs (Dattu Phadkar 160, Uday Merchant 156; Dattatraya Chaudhari 4/210)

Maharashtra (second innings): 604 in 177.3 overs (Sharad Deodhar 146, Madhusudan Rege 100; Dattu Phadkar 3/178, Keki Tarapore 3/180).

In the ODI match at the Wanderers against Pakistan on January 27, both Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis made fifties, 59 and 57, respectively. However, South Africa could only manage 164. Is this the lowest total in ODIs to contain two fifties? – – Anil Sawant, Vadodara.

It is, in fact, the fifth joint lowest all out total in ODI history that has two individual half-centuries. The lowest total of 142 has been registered twice – first by Kenya against Sri Lanka at Colombo RPS on March 1, 2011, when the Obuya brothers, Collins (52) and David (51), made fifties, and then by Scotland against New Zealand at Dunedin on February 17, 2015, with Matt Machan making 56 and Richie Berrington 50.

Is Jason Holder’s double century in the Bridgetown Test the only one by a captain batting so low down the order? – V. Ramu, Pune.

Among Test captains who have batted in positions below seven, Holder’s effort is the second highest after Pakistani captain Wasim Akram, who, like Holder, also batted at number 8 to register an unbeaten 257 against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in October 1996. For the record, former Indian captain M. S. Dhoni is in the third position, making 144 against the West Indies at Kolkata in November 2011. He, too, batted at number eight!

Note: All figures above are updated as on January 31, 2019.

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