Top 10 Asian Fast Bowlers In ODIs Outside 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 Outside Asia

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

A O A Rating

This rating only includes stats of Asian Fast bowlers in matches Outside 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 10
Min Innings (TT) 10
Min Wickets (TS AVE) 25
Min Balls (TS ECO) 500
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 87 102 140.00
1 N Kapil Dev IND 1978 1994 1986 87 102 140.00
2 Imran Khan PAK 1974 1992 1983 68 83 113.92
3 Sarfraz Nawaz PAK 1973 1984 1978.5 32 47 64.51
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Wasim Akram PAK 1984 2003 1993.5 170 252 200.00
1 Wasim Akram PAK 1984 2003 1993.5 170 252 200.00
2 Waqar Younis PAK 1989 2003 1996 129 206 163.49
3 WPUJC Vaas SL 1994 2008 2001 147 201 159.52
4 SL Malinga SL 2004 2019 2011.5 98 163 129.37
5 J Srinath IND 1991 2003 1997 98 149 118.25
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Mohammed Shami IND 2013 2022 2017.5 50 98 140.00
1 Mohammed Shami IND 2013 2022 2017.5 50 98 140.00
2 JJ Bumrah IND 2016 2022 2019 35 58 82.86
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 Mohammed Shami 50 2265 98 23.11 33.97 21.77 150.00
1 Mohammed Shami 50 2265 98 23.11 33.97 21.77 150.00
2 JJ Bumrah 35 1432 58 24.69 36.24 21.80 149.83
3 Wasim Akram 170 5959 252 23.65 33.53 22.57 144.72
4 J Srinath 98 3649 149 24.49 33.18 23.62 138.30
5 Waqar Younis 129 5113 206 24.82 33.47 23.73 137.65
6 Sarfraz Nawaz 32 1132 47 24.09 31.67 24.33 134.22
7 N Kapil Dev 87 2728 102 26.75 33.29 25.71 127.03
8 SL Malinga 98 4617 163 28.33 34.63 26.18 124.78
9 WPUJC Vaas 147 5514 201 27.43 33.13 26.50 123.25
10 Imran Khan 68 2382 83 28.70 33.48 27.43 119.07

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Waqar Younis 116 4665 189 24.68 33.47 23.60 150.00
1 Waqar Younis 116 4665 189 24.68 33.47 23.60 150.00
2 Wasim Akram 152 5377 217 24.78 33.53 23.65 149.67
3 J Srinath 86 3287 132 24.90 33.18 24.01 147.40
4 Mohammed Shami 35 1727 67 25.78 33.97 24.28 145.75
5 Sarfraz Nawaz 31 1106 44 25.14 31.67 25.40 139.37
6 N Kapil Dev 82 2592 98 26.45 33.29 25.43 139.20
7 JJ Bumrah 30 1307 45 29.04 36.24 25.64 138.03
8 Imran Khan 66 2340 79 29.62 33.48 28.31 125.02
9 SL Malinga 88 4262 139 30.66 34.63 28.34 124.91
10 WPUJC Vaas 127 4926 165 29.85 33.13 28.84 122.73
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 N Kapil Dev 87 4796 2728 3.41 4.30 3.57 150.00
1 N Kapil Dev 87 4796 2728 3.41 4.30 3.57 150.00
2 JJ Bumrah 35 1864 1432 4.61 5.60 3.71 144.64
3 Wasim Akram 170 9134 5959 3.91 4.56 3.86 138.96
4 Sarfraz Nawaz 32 1829 1132 3.71 4.14 4.03 132.99
5 WPUJC Vaas 147 7630 5514 4.34 4.78 4.08 131.47
6 Imran Khan 68 3685 2382 3.88 4.26 4.10 130.95
7 J Srinath 98 5228 3649 4.19 4.59 4.10 130.64
8 Mohammed Shami 50 2548 2265 5.33 5.52 4.35 123.26
9 SL Malinga 98 5048 4617 5.49 5.45 4.53 118.34
10 Waqar Younis 129 6447 5113 4.76 4.65 4.61 116.34

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS N Kapil Dev 82 4531 2592 3.43 4.30 3.60 150.00
1 N Kapil Dev 82 4531 2592 3.43 4.30 3.60 150.00
2 Wasim Akram 152 8185 5377 3.94 4.56 3.89 138.79
3 JJ Bumrah 30 1613 1307 4.86 5.60 3.91 137.92
4 Sarfraz Nawaz 31 1769 1106 3.75 4.14 4.07 132.40
5 Imran Khan 66 3576 2340 3.93 4.26 4.15 130.09
6 J Srinath 86 4632 3287 4.26 4.59 4.17 129.23
7 WPUJC Vaas 127 6634 4926 4.46 4.78 4.19 128.68
8 SL Malinga 88 4574 4262 5.59 5.45 4.62 116.82
9 Waqar Younis 116 5834 4665 4.80 4.65 4.65 116.05
10 Mohammed Shami 35 1803 1727 5.75 5.52 4.69 115.05
BBW

In this criteria, we have taken the top 5 bowling performances by Wkts of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Wickets (BBW) is simply the total wickets taken in the 5 innings divided by 5.

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 5 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 BBW RAT
TS Waqar Younis 7/36 6/30 6/59 5/25 5/38 5.80 100.00
1 Waqar Younis 7/36 6/30 6/59 5/25 5/38 5.80 100.00
2 Wasim Akram 5/16 5/19 5/21 4/18 4/23 4.60 79.31
3 WPUJC Vaas 5/39 4/22 4/26 4/48 4/56 4.20 72.41
3 SL Malinga 5/54 4/34 4/43 4/44 4/47 4.20 72.41
5 J Srinath 4/23 4/30 4/35 4/49 4/52 4.00 68.97
6 Mohammed Shami 5/69 4/35 4/55 3/19 3/28 3.80 65.52
6 N Kapil Dev 5/43 4/30 4/54 3/23 3/23 3.80 65.52
6 Sarfraz Nawaz 4/27 4/37 4/44 4/46 3/31 3.80 65.52
9 JJ Bumrah 6/19 4/55 3/37 3/61 2/24 3.60 62.07
10 Imran Khan 3/19 3/23 3/27 3/36 2/13 2.80 48.28
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 N Kapil Dev 7.0/4 6.0/5 9.0/15 10.0/18 6.0/11 1.46 100.00
1 N Kapil Dev 7.0/4 6.0/5 9.0/15 10.0/18 6.0/11 1.46 100.00
2 J Srinath 10.0/13 7.0/11 7.0/12 8.0/14 9.0/18 1.63 89.87
3 Wasim Akram 7.0/10 8.0/13 7.2/13 6.0/11 9.4/18 1.69 86.64
4 Waqar Younis 5.0/7 8.0/14 7.0/13 10.0/20 7.0/15 1.81 80.88
5 WPUJC Vaas 8.0/10 10.0/22 9.0/21 8.0/19 10.0/24 2.01 72.80
6 Imran Khan 9.5/13 9.4/19 12.0/24 7.0/16 10.0/23 2.07 70.64
7 Sarfraz Nawaz 11.0/13 11.0/22 10.2/22 7.0/15 11.3/25 2.07 70.51
8 SL Malinga 8.0/14 7.0/14 9.0/26 7.0/21 10.0/33 2.18 67.17
9 JJ Bumrah 5.0/12 7.2/19 8.0/24 7.0/22 8.0/28 2.39 61.13
10 Mohammed Shami 6.0/19 9.0/31 7.3/28 8.0/30 9.0/35 2.95 49.48
FC Rating

The A O A (FC) 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 FC RAT
1 Wasim Akram 200.00 144.72 149.67 138.96 138.79 79.31 86.64 938.08
2 N Kapil Dev 140.00 127.03 139.20 150.00 150.00 65.52 100.00 871.75
3 Waqar Younis 163.49 137.65 150.00 116.34 116.05 100.00 80.88 864.40
4 J Srinath 118.25 138.30 147.40 130.64 129.23 68.97 89.87 822.67
5 WPUJC Vaas 159.52 123.25 122.73 131.47 128.68 72.41 72.80 810.86
6 Mohammed Shami 140.00 150.00 145.75 123.26 115.05 65.52 49.48 789.05
7 JJ Bumrah 82.86 149.83 138.03 144.64 137.92 62.07 61.13 776.47
8 SL Malinga 129.37 124.78 124.91 118.34 116.82 72.41 67.17 753.80
9 Sarfraz Nawaz 64.51 134.22 139.37 132.99 132.40 65.52 70.51 739.53
10 Imran Khan 113.92 119.07 125.02 130.95 130.09 48.28 70.64 737.96

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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