5 Bowlers who ruled No. 1 ODI ranking for years

5 Bowlers who ruled No. 1 ODI ranking for years

The limited-overs cricket has not been very kind to bowlers, but despite the adversities, some of them managed to excel in it.

2. Sir Curtly Ambrose – 1990-1993

Curtly Ambrose
Curtly Ambrose. (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

A few months after his international debut, in the early dry Antiguan season of January 1989, Sir Curtly Ambrose was 26th in the ODI rankings. Little did the world know how fast he would rise up to the helm, as he broke into the top 10 before June 1989.

For the first time in his career, in April 1990, the legendary fast bowler was ranked number one in ODIs, surpassing his teammate Courtney Walsh and fierce rival Wasim Akram. From then till October of 1993, Ambrose was the undisputed king of the rankings and he always maintained a good margin from his nearest competitors.

After losing out the spot to Wasim Akram in November 1993, he had some on and off stints before he could finish 1996 as the world number 1, a feat which he achieved four times totally(1990, 1991, 1992, 1996). He finished with 225 wickets at an average of 24.12, making him one of the finest the game has ever seen.

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