You may have already viewed our list of top 5 batsmen in ODIs of 2017. Now, have a look at the top wicket taking bowlers in 2017 ODIs here:
#1 Hasan Ali: 45 wickets
It was a very great year with the ball for Pakistan’s Hasan Ali as he led Pakistan to their maiden Champions Trophy Victory in England with his brilliant performances.
Hasan Ali made his ODI debut for Pakistan in 2016 and he went on to become the no. 1 bowler in the ICC ODI bowler rankings in 2017. This short travel to the top of the ratings tells everyone how he troubled batsmen across the globe!
Three five-wicket hauls (5/52 vs Australia in Sydney, 5/38 vs West Indies in Providence, 5/34 vs Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi) for Hasan Ali in 2017 are the most for any bowler.
#2 Rashid Khan: 43 wickets
Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has had an impressive year as his 7 wickets for just 18 runs against West Indies are best bowling figures for any bowler in 2017.
The 19-year old leg-spinner picked up two five-wicket hauls (second most for any player along with Trent Boult) and two four-wicket hauls in that year. His consistent performances also helped him get contracts to all the big global T20 leagues.
#3 Jasprit Bumrah: 39 wickets
I am not being tough on Bumrah but he got into this list because of playing more ODIs (23 matches) in 2017 than the others in this list. Only Hardik Pandya (27 matches) in this list has played more than 20 ODI games!
Jasprit bowled 13 maiden overs in his 23 ODIs in 2017. These are the most for any bowler in the year gone by. South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada bowled 12 maidens in his 18 ODI games last year.
#4 Liam Plunkett: 36 wickets
Liam Plunkett of England had a fruitful year with the ball as he picked up his best bowling figures in his ODI career, which was also his maiden five-wicket haul in this format (even though he’s been around since a while) – 5/52 vs West Indies in Bristol.
Plunkett’s bowling average in 2017 is just over 22 and is much less than his career bowling average of 30; and his 36 wickets in the last year are the most he has ever picked up in a single calendar year!
#5 Trent Boult: 31 wickets
Trent Boult picked up 7/34 against West Indies in the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies. These are the second best bowling figures for any bowler last year and are also the all-time second best figures for a New Zealand bowler.
Boult picked up two five-wicket hauls in 2017, which was the second most for any bowler last year alongside Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan (see above).
#5 Hardik Pandya: 31 wickets
Hardik Pandya is considered as a batting all rounder and has found a place in this list only because of his 27 ODIs in 2017. Only MSD has played more ODIs than Hardik Pandya in 2017.
Pandya’s record with the bat was very impressive last year and his explosive innings against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy Final had introduced him to the cricketing world with a bang! Also, his 30 ODI sixes in the year were the second most for any player.