To select the ODI bowler of the decade, we kept a minimum criteria of taking *100 wickets* in the period from *January 1, 2010* to *December 31, 2019*. To further narrow the list, the bowlers which are being compared have an *average of less than 30.00*, an *economy of less than 5.50* and a *strike rate of less than 32.00*. It is important to mention that we excluded* Rashid Khan* of *Afghanistan* from the list *though he passed all the criteria*. This was done because he played *most of his matches against lesser opposition*. Lastly, I would like to remind you that the stats in the article are *not the career stats* of the players but *only their stats in the 2010s*. So, let us begin our comparison of the best 11 bowlers of the decade on 11 criteria for the title of *Stat Sensei ODI Bowler of the Decade*.

## The Contenders

## Primary Criteria

The 3 most important stats in which a player can earn a maximum of 200.0 points. The other bowlers are given points as a ratio of their performance to the top bowler.

**#01 Prolific:** Points given for number of wickets taken in the period

**#2 Consistent:** Points given for average in the period

**#3 Economic: **Points given for economy in the period

## Secondary Criteria

8 other criteria in which a player can earn a maximum of 100.0 points. The other bowlers are given points as a ratio of their performance to the top bowler. In criteria where both wickets and strike rate are considered, points are calculated by the formula: (1/Average X 2500) + (1/Strike Rate X 500).

**#1 Attacking: **Points given for strike rate or number of balls taken to get a wicket

**#2 Big Performance Consistency: **Points given for average number of innings taken to get a 4 wicket haul

**#3 Big Performance Potential: **Points given for the 10 best performances in an inning

**#4 In Mean Mood: **Points given for the 5 best innings in terms of economic rate with a minimum criteria of 5 overs bowled. Most economic performance is in the format Overs/Maidens/Runs/Wkts

**#5 In Top Form:** Points given for most wickets taken in a calendar year

**#6 Against Top Opposition:** Points given for average and economy rate against teams which have a better than 1.0 Win Loss Ratio during the decade. These teams are India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England

**#7 In Victories:** Points given for average and economy rate in innings in which their nation won the match

**#8 At The Big Stage:** Points given for wickets, average and strike rate in ICC tournaments, i.e. the World Cup and the Champions Trophy. Points for wickets are calculated by Wkts/ Max Wkts X 100.

## The Final Rating

Total number of points in the 11 criteria reduced to per 1,000 points.