Top 10 Cricketers with highest strike-rate in ODI cricket

(Criteria - 100 ODI games).

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. (Photo Source: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In the history of One Day International Cricket, as many as 257 cricketers have featured in 100 matches or more. Well, of course, Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with a record 463 games in his 24-year-long career and maintained a strike-rate of 86.23 throughout. Considering the era he’s from, the striking was adequate and undeniably so since the Master Blaster has won more games for India than any other player. But over the years ODI Cricket has changed into a more fast-moving format of the game. In fact, the change was established the day Australia scored a total of 434/4 and still lost as South Africa chased it down with 438/9 in the end.

Following that, that rise of the T20 format has demanded the players to be more and more quick in terms of scoring runs and that has led to Cricket being faster than ever in this era. Well obviously some players from previous generations have scored myriads of runs and yet feature amongst players with top strike-rates and they’re simply class apart.

From GlennMaxwell to Tim Southee and Shahid Afridi to Adam Gilchrist, here’s the list of the Top 10 cricketers- who have played 100 ODI matches or more- with the highest strike-rates in Cricket.

10. Adam Gilchrist – 96.94

Adam Gilchrist
Australia’s Adam Gilchrist. (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Australia’s legendary wicketkeeper-batsman from the Golden era was a solemn combination of grace and “Just hit the ball” attitude. That’s how he merged his body language with his philosophy of how batting should be. Known for his unique grip of the bat, he crafted wonderful shots through the gap with his soft wrists with standout balance. But during the slog overs, he donned the qualities of a power hitter, notwithstanding who is facing and just batting for his team.

That explains his remarkable strike of 96.94 in ODIs after a career that spanned for 287 matches. Even in Test Cricket, he maintained a strike rate of 81 and that’s a testimony to the fact that Gilly was natural at hitting. In the World Cup 2007 final against Sri Lanka, he smashed 149 runs off 104 balls, including 13 fours and eight sixes. A tournament in which his squash ball in his glove grabbed a lot of attention.

From his 57-delivery Ashes century at Perth in 2006 or his 172 off 126 in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2004, to a record 472 dismissals for Australia, he remains their best find in the class of wicketkeeping.


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