Top 10 Asian Fast Bowlers In ODIs In Asia

Our One Day International (ODI) ratings take into account all matches from the first ODI match on January 5, 1971 till the below mentioned last update date. The Ratings are divided into 5 sections which take into account the number of wickets taken; the average of bowlers; their economy rate; their best performances by wickets and their top most economic spells. How the rating works is explained in highlighted sections. So, here are the Top 10 Asian Fast bowlers in matches In Asia

*Note: All ODI Ratings are updated till 2022-11-13

A IN A Rating

This rating only includes stats of Asian Fast bowlers in matches In Asia. The rating is divided into sections to make it easy to understand how it is calculated. Before each section, its criteria is highlighted in bold. Our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier bowlers may change if current bowlers set new benchmarks.

Top Teams (TT)

Top Teams play an integral part in our ODI Rating. The Average (Con) and Economy (Eco) sections are divided into overall stats as well as stats against the top teams. Moreover, the best (BBW) and most economic (BBE) performances only include performances against the top teams. Here is how the Top Teams are calculated:-

  • Win/Loss Ratio is used to determine top teams.
  • The top teams are calculated by decades.
  • To be a top team, the team should be among the top teams of the decade overall.
  • A team is also included in top teams if it is a World Cup winner in that decade.
  • A bowler’s performace is counted in TT if he played against that team in that decade.
  • Knock Out and Super Six matches of ICC World Cup and Champions Trophy are also included in TT.
  • The Top Teams may be found in the last section of the rating.
The Trend Setter

The Trend Setter (TS) is the player which does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated as percentage points of TS. Let’s taken an example to understand it:-

  • Let’s assume that Glenn McGrath has taken 500 wkts, which is the highest. This makes him the TS.
  • Another player, say Jason Gillespie, has taken 250 wkts.
  • If the rating is out of 250, McGrath will get the full points (pts), that is 250.
  • The points of Gillespie are calculated as His Wkts/McGrath’s Wkts*250. This comes out to be 125.
  • Thus the formula is (Wkts Taken/Wkts Taken By TS)*Max Points.
  • All ratings are calculated similarly with Wkts being replaced by the Criteria Stat.
  • Obviously, for average the formula is reverased as lower average is better for a bowler.
  • For Average, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has taken a minimum number of wickets.
  • For Economy, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has bowled a minimum number of balls.
  • If a bowler doesn’t fulfill the criteria of TS but has done better, he gets the max points but his stat is not taken as benchmark.
  • Lastly, it is to be noted that it is not necessary for a TS to be part of the rating as he might have topped in a criteria but not done well in others.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 20
Min Innings (TT) 20
Min Wickets (TS AVE) 50
Min Balls (TS ECO) 1000
The Eras

The first criteria Prolific gives points for wkts taken. We have divided ODI cricket into 3 broad eras. This has been done to make it fair for players from earlier era, when less cricket was played, and also for current players, who are in the middle of their careers. Let’s take an example:-

  • Let’s assume Murlidharan has taken 500 wickets, which is the maximum and gives him 250 points.
  • Now, say Ravi Shastri in earlier times took 250 wkts, which was the max for his era.
  • If there are no eras, he would get 50% of the pts, that is 125.
  • Instead of that, we reduced 50 pts (according to %age) from the max to arrive at the figure of 200 pts for Shastri.
  • Now, everyone in his era is compared to Shastri and not Murlidharan.
  • So a player who has taken 50 Wkts in Shastri’s era will get (50/250)*200 pts or 40pts.
  • Eras are calculated by MP, which is the mean of the years a player: First Played (FP) and Last Played (LP).

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Wickets Taken

Era 1 MP before 1991
Era 2 MP between 1990 and 2013
Era 3 MP greater than 2012
RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS N Kapil Dev IND 1978 1994 1986 134 151 160.00
1 N Kapil Dev IND 1978 1994 1986 134 151 160.00
2 Imran Khan PAK 1974 1992 1983 85 99 104.90
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Wasim Akram PAK 1984 2003 1993.5 181 250 200.00
1 Wasim Akram PAK 1984 2003 1993.5 181 250 200.00
2 Waqar Younis PAK 1989 2003 1996 129 210 168.00
3 WPUJC Vaas SL 1994 2008 2001 173 199 159.20
4 SL Malinga SL 2004 2019 2011.5 122 175 140.00
5 Shoaib Akhtar PAK 1998 2011 2004.5 90 137 109.60
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS NLTC Perera SL 2009 2021 2015 98 126 150.00
1 NLTC Perera SL 2009 2021 2015 98 126 150.00
2 Mustafizur Rahman BAN 2015 2022 2018.5 40 78 92.86
3 JJ Bumrah IND 2016 2022 2019 37 63 75.00
C Ave

The Comparative Average (C Ave) for bowlers is calculated by taken into account two factors:-

  • First is the average of batsmen in the decades the bowler played.
  • Second is the average of the opposition batsmen at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The average of the opposing team’s batsmen is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C Ave suggest that more runs were scored by the batsmen in the above mentioned factors.
  • Thus it was difficult to get Wkts and the bowler will benefit from this.
  • Lower C Ave means the opposite.
R Ave

The Relative Average (R Ave) is calculated using the C Ave. Its formula is (Bowler Ave/C Ave)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C Ave is comparatively high, your R Ave will be low; which is better for bowlers. Broadly speaking, the following bowlers will benefit from this system:-

  • Bowlers who have played more in unfavourable conditions.
  • Asian fast bowlers and Non-Asian spin bowlers whereever applicable.
  • Bowlers who have played in an era where the batsmen dominated, like the present era
  • Bowlers who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For R Ave

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Mustafizur Rahman 40 1427 78 18.29 32.30 18.12 150.00
1 Mustafizur Rahman 40 1427 78 18.29 32.30 18.12 150.00
2 JJ Bumrah 37 1509 63 23.95 33.08 23.17 117.34
3 Waqar Younis 129 4806 210 22.89 31.44 23.29 116.70
4 Wasim Akram 181 5853 250 23.41 31.70 23.64 115.01
5 Imran Khan 85 2463 99 24.88 31.77 25.06 108.48
6 Shoaib Akhtar 90 3390 137 24.74 31.39 25.22 107.78
7 NLTC Perera 98 3556 126 28.22 33.02 27.35 99.39
8 WPUJC Vaas 173 5500 199 27.64 32.27 27.40 99.19
9 N Kapil Dev 134 4217 151 27.93 32.01 27.92 97.38
10 SL Malinga 122 5143 175 29.39 32.26 29.15 93.25

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Waqar Younis 115 4386 188 23.33 31.44 23.75 150.00
1 Mustafizur Rahman 21 824 45 18.31 32.30 18.14 150.00
2 Waqar Younis 115 4386 188 23.33 31.44 23.75 150.00
3 Wasim Akram 159 5357 222 24.13 31.70 24.36 146.21
4 JJ Bumrah 34 1438 57 25.23 33.08 24.40 145.98
5 Imran Khan 82 2392 97 24.66 31.77 24.84 143.41
6 Shoaib Akhtar 80 3141 124 25.33 31.39 25.82 137.96
7 N Kapil Dev 127 4019 142 28.30 32.01 28.29 125.90
8 WPUJC Vaas 149 4879 165 29.57 32.27 29.32 121.49
9 NLTC Perera 88 3191 104 30.68 33.02 29.73 119.79
10 SL Malinga 102 4415 145 30.45 32.26 30.20 117.93
C ER And R ER

The Comparative Economy Rate (C ER) and Relative Economy Rate (R ER) for bowlers is calculated using the same method as in C Ave and R Ave with average replaced with ER. Points to note are:-

  • Modern day bowlers benefit from R ER.
  • This is because scoring rates have increased with time and it has become more difficult to be economic.
  • Rest of the factors are the same as in R Ave

ECONOMIC


Criteria: Points For R ER

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS Mustafizur Rahman 40 1937 1427 4.42 5.38 3.70 150.00
1 Mustafizur Rahman 40 1937 1427 4.42 5.38 3.70 150.00
2 WPUJC Vaas 173 8145 5500 4.05 4.76 3.83 144.85
3 JJ Bumrah 37 1943 1509 4.66 5.46 3.84 144.40
4 Wasim Akram 181 9052 5853 3.88 4.52 3.86 143.56
5 Imran Khan 85 3777 2463 3.91 4.40 4.00 138.58
6 N Kapil Dev 134 6406 4217 3.95 4.41 4.03 137.53
7 Shoaib Akhtar 90 4405 3390 4.62 4.87 4.26 130.03
8 SL Malinga 122 5888 5143 5.24 5.24 4.50 123.10
9 Waqar Younis 129 6251 4806 4.61 4.61 4.51 123.02
10 NLTC Perera 98 3804 3556 5.61 5.41 4.67 118.82

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS AD Mathews 89 3060 2316 4.54 5.36 3.81 150.00
1 JJ Bumrah 34 1799 1438 4.80 5.46 3.95 144.69
2 Wasim Akram 159 8085 5357 3.98 4.52 3.96 144.48
3 WPUJC Vaas 149 6987 4879 4.19 4.76 3.96 144.45
4 Mustafizur Rahman 21 1034 824 4.78 5.38 4.00 143.01
5 Imran Khan 82 3645 2392 3.94 4.40 4.03 142.02
6 N Kapil Dev 127 6082 4019 3.96 4.41 4.05 141.30
7 Shoaib Akhtar 80 3990 3141 4.72 4.87 4.36 131.09
8 Waqar Younis 115 5606 4386 4.69 4.61 4.59 124.67
9 SL Malinga 102 4923 4415 5.38 5.24 4.62 123.65
10 NLTC Perera 88 3333 3191 5.74 5.41 4.78 119.65
BBW

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 bowling performances by Wkts of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Wickets (BBW) is simply the total wickets taken in the 7 innings divided by 7.

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 7 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 BBW RAT
TS Waqar Younis 6/26 6/44 5/11 5/16 5/20 5/31 5/52 5.29 100.00
1 Waqar Younis 6/26 6/44 5/11 5/16 5/20 5/31 5/52 5.29 100.00
2 SL Malinga 5/28 5/34 5/44 5/52 5/56 4/23 4/24 4.71 89.19
3 NLTC Perera 6/44 5/28 4/34 4/42 4/75 3/19 3/19 4.14 78.38
3 Shoaib Akhtar 6/16 5/54 4/37 4/43 4/49 3/9 3/11 4.14 78.38
3 Wasim Akram 5/38 4/24 4/24 4/28 4/33 4/40 4/42 4.14 78.38
6 Mustafizur Rahman 6/43 5/50 4/43 3/16 3/34 3/38 3/56 3.86 72.97
6 Imran Khan 6/14 4/27 4/37 4/37 3/13 3/15 3/18 3.86 72.97
8 WPUJC Vaas 5/14 4/22 4/33 3/13 3/15 3/20 3/34 3.57 67.57
9 JJ Bumrah 5/27 4/43 3/35 3/37 3/47 3/63 2/22 3.29 62.16
10 N Kapil Dev 4/31 3/17 3/26 3/36 3/36 3/38 3/44 3.14 59.46
BBE

In this criteria, we have taken the top 5 bowling performances by Economy of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Economy (BBE) is the Relative Economy of the bowler in the 5 Inns. Only 30+ Balls performaces are counted in this criteria.

BEST BOWLING (ECO)


Criteria: Points For Economy In Top 5 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 BBE RAT
TS WPUJC Vaas 6.0/6 7.0/8 10.0/13 8.0/11 9.3/14 1.21 100.00
1 WPUJC Vaas 6.0/6 7.0/8 10.0/13 8.0/11 9.3/14 1.21 100.00
2 Wasim Akram 7.2/4 6.0/7 8.0/11 7.0/10 7.4/15 1.30 93.33
3 N Kapil Dev 8.0/9 6.0/7 7.0/10 6.0/9 9.0/16 1.45 83.89
4 Imran Khan 6.0/7 10.0/14 7.0/10 7.0/11 8.0/13 1.48 81.96
5 Shoaib Akhtar 9.0/16 10.0/18 5.0/10 6.0/12 10.0/23 1.82 66.51
6 Waqar Younis 8.0/13 6.4/11 7.0/15 5.0/11 9.0/20 1.92 63.26
7 SL Malinga 10.0/23 9.0/21 9.2/22 7.0/17 9.0/22 2.04 59.60
8 Mustafizur Rahman 6.0/15 6.0/16 10.0/29 8.0/24 6.0/20 2.42 50.21
9 JJ Bumrah 10.0/27 10.0/29 10.0/29 5.0/16 7.1/23 2.42 50.06
10 NLTC Perera 8.0/19 5.0/16 10.0/32 9.0/30 5.0/17 2.56 47.32
UC Rating

The A IN A (UC) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000. Unfavourable Conditions (UC) is Outside Asia for Spinners and In Asia for Pacers. Favourable Conditions (FC) is the opposite.

RATING


RANK BOWLER PRO CON C TT ECO E TT BBW BBE UC RAT
1 Wasim Akram 200.00 115.01 146.21 143.56 144.48 78.38 93.33 920.98
2 Waqar Younis 168.00 116.70 150.00 123.02 124.67 100.00 63.26 845.65
3 WPUJC Vaas 159.20 99.19 121.49 144.85 144.45 67.57 100.00 836.75
4 Mustafizur Rahman 92.86 150.00 150.00 150.00 143.01 72.97 50.21 809.05
5 N Kapil Dev 160.00 97.38 125.90 137.53 141.30 59.46 83.89 805.46
6 Imran Khan 104.90 108.48 143.41 138.58 142.02 72.97 81.96 792.33
7 Shoaib Akhtar 109.60 107.78 137.96 130.03 131.09 78.38 66.51 761.34
8 SL Malinga 140.00 93.25 117.93 123.10 123.65 89.19 59.60 746.72
9 JJ Bumrah 75.00 117.34 145.98 144.40 144.69 62.16 50.06 739.63
10 NLTC Perera 150.00 99.39 119.79 118.82 119.65 78.38 47.32 733.36

TOP TEAMS


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1970s WI ENG AUS NZ PAK
1980s WI ENG AUS PAK NZ IND SL
1990s SA AUS PAK WI IND ENG SL NZ
2000s AUS SA PAK SL IND NZ ENG WI
2010s IND SA AUS ENG NZ SL PAK BAN
2020s BAN NZ PAK IND AUS SA ENG SL


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