10 Cricketers with highest individual win percentage in ODIs
The players have been shortlisted with the criteria of minimum 50 ODIs played.
Published - Jun 7, 2019 7:45 am | Updated - Jun 7, 2019 7:45 am
Though cricket is a team game, a team only becomes successful thanks to the collective efforts of those individuals and consistent performances over a period of time. During the 1970s and 80s, the Windies were a team to beat while Australia dominated during the 1990s and the 2000s.
These teams were successful due to the number of match-winners they possessed. Consistent performances from such players make it tough for the oppositions to go past a particular team. These cricketers are a vital cog in the side’s wheel and very rarely miss out on contribution to the team’s cause. Winning is a habit and this is what some of the players love to do. Eventually, they end up being part of the team’s victories more than the losses.
Here we bring you top 10 players with the highest win percentage in ODIs (minimum 50 ODIs)
Damien Martyn (Australia) – 73.56%
Damien Martyn was part of the Australian invincible team that reigned in the early 2000s and batted with the likes of Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds in the middle order. He possessed a stylish batting technique, which may be termed as lazy elegance and that helped him win 153 matches out of 208 played, earning him a win percentage of 73.56%. This proves how dominant Australia were when Martyn’s career blossomed.
He played in 208 ODI matches, scoring 5346 runs with five centuries at an average of 40.80 and the best score of 144*. Martyn played one of his best knock in 2003 World Cup final when he scored an unbeaten 88 against Sri Lanka with a broken finger.
Matthew Hayden (Australia)- 73.91%
One of the most destructive openers in all forms of cricket, Australian Matthew Hayden has won 73.91% of 161 ODI matches he played. In the said matches, Hayden slammed 6133 runs with 10 centuries and a best of 181*, which was then the highest score by an Australian in the format. The burly left-handed batsman loved dominating the fast bowlers, often walking down the wicket to them and hitting them over the top.
He was part of Australia’s 119 wins in his 50-over career and lost only 32 matches. Hayden, along with Gilchrist formed a devastating opening pair at the top for the Australian team, which haunted opposition bowlers for many years. Hayden’s success with the bat and his amazing fielding in slips contributed big time to the Kangaroos’ dominance.
Ian Harvey (Australia)- 73.97%
Ian Harvey was one of the journeyman cricketers who did well for the Australian team from the late 90s to mid-2000s. He played 73 ODI matches and was part of winning side in 54 encounters and lost only 17 in his career. He scored 715 runs and picked 85 wickets with his medium pace bowling.
Probably his best performance was against a full-strength Indian team in the final of the 2003 TVS Cup, when he picked 4/21 to run through the lower middle order of the opposition and ensured that Australia defended a modest total of 235 runs. Unfortunately, the all-rounder could never cement his spot in the Australian team filled with match-winners. But he managed to be relevant throughout a good phase of the 2000s.
Michael Holding (Windies) – 75.49%
One of the true legends of the game, West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding was a force to reckon with in his prime. Holding played 102 ODI matches and was part of 77 wins picking 142 wickets during his tenure. He was part of West Indies’ 1979 World Cup winning team and had a fruitful career right until his retirement in 1987 and has now become a respected commentator.
Known as the whispering death for his soundless run-up to the bowling crease and for the speed, he generated both in the air and off the pitch. Holding was part of the famous West Indian pace quartet featuring Andy Roberts, Colin Croft, Joel Garner and later Malcolm Marshall; and these bowlers terrorized the batsmen all over the world even on dead pitches in the Asian subcontinent.
Clive Lloyd (Windies)- 75.86%
Clive Lloyd‘s name will go down in the history books of cricket as one of the greatest captains ever to lead a team. He led a bunch of young Caribbeans and formed a dynasty of cricket which remained unbeaten in Test cricket for over 15 years and was the winner of the first two World Cups in England. He united the nation by bringing in players from the different Caribbean islands together for the single cause of making the West Indies an unbeatable team.
Lloyd played 87 ODI matches and scored 1977 runs with one century, which came in the finals of the 1975 World Cup final against Australia and won 66 of those matches, showing that even at the infancy stages of the ODI format, Lloyd knew what was needed to adapt to the then 60-over format and made his team that set benchmarks for others to follow.
Larry Gomes (Windies) – 75.90%
One of the first multi-utility players in ODI cricket, Larry Gomes brought some sense of calm with his elegant left-handed batting to the West Indies team that was filled with amazing stroke players who dominated the opposition bowlers. Gomes instead played supporting roles to those stroke-makers and was one of the first to emphasize on running between the wickets and rotating the strike.
Gomes played 83 ODI matches and scored 1415 runs with one century to his name and picked 41 wickets as well. The dynamic cricketer was part of 63 wins out of those 83 matches from 1976-1987 and he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985.
Kedar Jadhav (India)- 76.67%
Kedar Jadhav has become an integral part of the Indian team with his ability to finish the matches and his ultra-low arm off-spin. He has played 60 ODI matches for India since 2014 and has been part of 46 wins, amassing 1174 runs with two centuries at a strike rate of 102.53. He has also picked 27 wickets at the economy of 5.12.
Jadhav is the go-to bowler for the Indian captain Virat Kohli whenever they need to give a break to main bowlers and fill in the quota for the fifth bowler. The wickets he picks are just a bonus for the team. Jadhav’s hitting abilities at the end gives the likes of MS Dhoni some cushion and time to launch into the bowling attacks, as the right-hander takes the onus of scoring frequently, reducing pressure on the other batsmen.
Andrew Symonds (Aus) – 76.77%
The England-born Andrew Symonds had the chance to wear the Three Lions’ shirt but instead chose to play for the Australian team. He was a regular member in the team ever since his amazing century against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup and never looked back since. Symonds was famous for his ferocious hitting in the lower middle-order and for being one of the most colourful characters the cricket has seen.
He played 198 matches during his career and Australia 152 of those which gives him 76.77% win percentage. He scored 5088 runs with six centuries and also picked 133 wickets with either his medium pacers and off-spin bowling. His fielding was a big positive for the team, as he seldom missed a run-out chance or a catch at backward point or covers.
Sir Andy Roberts (WI)- 76.79%
Sir Andy Roberts was the foundation on which Clive Lloyd built his bowling quartet as the former helped him find some really quick bowlers in the Caribbean islands. He mentored the likes of Michael Holding, Joel Garner, and Colin Croft, who had such a devastating effect on the opposition batsmen in both the formats.
Roberts played for the West Indies in ODIs from 1975 to 1983 and picked 87 wickets in 56 matches with a best of 5/22. He was part of both the World Cup winning teams in 1975 and 1979 and also played in the finals of the 1983 tournament. Such was the dominance of the team, Roberts won 43 out of the 56 matches he played for Caribbean team during his career and ended up with a winning percentage of 76.79%.
Jasprit Bumrah (Ind)- 78%
From a legend like Andy Roberts to a modern-day sensation, Jasprit Bumrah has made everyone stand up and take notice of the amazing ability he has with the ball in all the three formats. In his short career, Bumrah has been part of 39 ODI wins out of the 50 matches he has appeared in the blue jersey and has a winning percentage of 78%, the highest ever at the moment.
Bumrah has picked 87 wickets in 50 ODI matches and has been a sensation since his debut in 2016 and is currently playing his very first ODI World Cup in England and Wales and played a big part in India’s opening win against South Africa. Bumrah’s ability to move the ball at the speeds of 145-150 kmph and the searing yorkers in his possession has made him a special talent that needs to be used carefully.