Top 20 ODI Fast Bowlers In Top Form At Home

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 20 Fast bowlers in their Top Form At Home

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

TOP FORM – HOME Rating

This rating only includes stats of Fast bowlers in their Top Form At Home. 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 Form is calculated by taking the best 30 consecutive innings of a bowler such that his overall points are maximum.

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 INNS WKTS RAT
TS DK Lillee AUS 1979-11-27 1982-01-19 30 52 170.00
1 DK Lillee AUS 1979-11-27 1982-01-19 30 52 170.00
2 Imran Khan PAK 1983-01-21 1987-11-04 30 51 166.73
3 RJ Hadlee NZ 1975-03-08 1990-03-04 30 46 150.38
4 J Garner WI 1977-03-16 1987-03-29 19 32 104.62
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP INNS WKTS RAT
TS Waqar Younis PAK 1989-10-17 1993-02-01 30 66 190.00
1 Waqar Younis PAK 1989-10-17 1993-02-01 30 66 190.00
2 B Lee AUS 2003-01-25 2006-02-03 30 62 178.48
3 GD McGrath AUS 1999-01-24 2002-01-22 30 61 175.61
3 SL Malinga SL 2007-10-07 2012-06-16 30 61 175.61
5 CJ McKay AUS 2009-11-05 2014-01-26 30 60 172.73
6 SM Pollock SA 1997-04-05 2000-12-15 30 57 164.09
6 Wasim Akram PAK 1989-10-14 1993-12-24 30 57 164.09
8 A Flintoff ENG 2003-06-22 2008-08-29 30 56 161.21
9 Shoaib Akhtar PAK 1999-04-08 2003-12-05 30 54 155.45
10 CJ McDermott AUS 1991-12-10 1993-12-16 30 45 129.55
11 WPUJC Vaas SL 2001-07-31 2004-08-25 30 41 118.03
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP INNS WKTS RAT
TS TA Boult NZ 2015-01-31 2018-01-13 30 71 200.00
1 TA Boult NZ 2015-01-31 2018-01-13 30 71 200.00
2 MA Starc AUS 2013-01-18 2018-01-19 30 67 188.73
3 MJ Henry NZ 2014-01-31 2022-09-08 28 60 169.01
4 NLTC Perera SL 2010-08-22 2014-11-29 30 59 166.20
5 Mustafizur Rahman BAN 2015-06-18 2022-08-10 30 58 163.38
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 Waqar Younis 30 972 66 14.73 32.71 14.41 150.00
1 Waqar Younis 30 972 66 14.73 32.71 14.41 150.00
2 Mustafizur Rahman 30 946 58 16.31 33.89 15.40 140.36
3 J Garner 19 492 32 15.38 30.57 16.10 134.28
4 MA Starc 30 1116 67 16.66 33.11 16.10 134.25
5 Wasim Akram 30 952 57 16.70 32.76 16.31 132.49
6 SM Pollock 30 925 57 16.23 31.61 16.43 131.57
7 GD McGrath 30 1010 61 16.56 31.72 16.70 129.39
8 Imran Khan 30 899 51 17.63 32.60 17.30 124.93
9 TA Boult 30 1273 71 17.93 32.88 17.45 123.86
10 Shoaib Akhtar 30 974 54 18.04 32.39 17.82 121.29
11 NLTC Perera 30 1119 59 18.97 33.80 17.96 120.36
12 CJ McKay 30 1118 60 18.63 32.72 18.22 118.60
13 WPUJC Vaas 30 773 41 18.85 33.07 18.24 118.49
14 SL Malinga 30 1175 61 19.26 33.44 18.43 117.26
15 A Flintoff 30 1042 56 18.61 31.89 18.67 115.76
16 DK Lillee 30 890 52 17.12 28.83 19.00 113.78
17 B Lee 30 1161 62 18.73 31.38 19.10 113.18
18 RJ Hadlee 30 840 46 18.26 30.25 19.31 111.90
19 MJ Henry 28 1191 60 19.85 32.70 19.43 111.26
20 CJ McDermott 30 860 45 19.11 30.81 19.85 108.88

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Mustafizur Rahman 12 387 27 14.33 33.89 13.53 150.00
1 Mustafizur Rahman 12 387 27 14.33 33.89 13.53 150.00
2 Waqar Younis 29 946 64 14.78 32.71 14.46 140.36
3 J Garner 19 492 32 15.38 30.57 16.10 126.11
4 GD McGrath 27 895 56 15.98 31.72 16.12 125.89
5 SM Pollock 27 832 51 16.31 31.61 16.51 122.92
6 Wasim Akram 28 903 52 17.37 32.76 16.96 119.68
7 Imran Khan 30 899 51 17.63 32.60 17.30 117.33
8 CJ McKay 23 853 48 17.77 32.72 17.38 116.80
9 Shoaib Akhtar 29 934 53 17.62 32.39 17.41 116.59
10 RJ Hadlee 28 777 45 17.27 30.25 18.26 111.15
11 NLTC Perera 27 1026 52 19.73 33.80 18.68 108.66
12 MA Starc 25 982 50 19.64 33.11 18.98 106.93
13 DK Lillee 30 890 52 17.12 28.83 19.00 106.86
14 A Flintoff 24 889 46 19.33 31.89 19.39 104.67
15 TA Boult 25 1118 56 19.96 32.88 19.43 104.47
16 B Lee 23 943 49 19.24 31.38 19.63 103.43
17 SL Malinga 26 1005 49 20.51 33.44 19.63 103.42
18 CJ McDermott 29 834 44 18.95 30.81 19.69 103.10
19 MJ Henry 24 1070 53 20.19 32.70 19.76 102.74
20 WPUJC Vaas 24 648 28 23.14 33.07 22.39 90.66
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 WPUJC Vaas 30 1363 773 3.40 4.77 3.21 150.00
1 WPUJC Vaas 30 1363 773 3.40 4.77 3.21 150.00
2 Mustafizur Rahman 30 1420 946 4.00 5.51 3.27 147.43
3 J Garner 19 964 492 3.06 4.08 3.37 142.77
4 SM Pollock 30 1561 925 3.56 4.70 3.40 141.62
5 CJ McDermott 30 1592 860 3.24 4.21 3.47 138.93
6 RJ Hadlee 30 1558 840 3.23 4.09 3.56 135.16
7 GD McGrath 30 1626 1010 3.73 4.66 3.60 133.89
8 CJ McKay 30 1483 1118 4.52 5.45 3.73 128.96
9 Wasim Akram 30 1516 952 3.77 4.53 3.74 128.80
10 Shoaib Akhtar 30 1423 974 4.11 4.92 3.76 128.27
11 MA Starc 30 1458 1116 4.59 5.47 3.78 127.59
12 DK Lillee 30 1592 890 3.35 3.97 3.81 126.53
13 B Lee 30 1652 1161 4.22 4.94 3.84 125.28
14 A Flintoff 30 1501 1042 4.17 4.84 3.87 124.39
15 Imran Khan 30 1425 899 3.79 4.33 3.94 122.40
16 TA Boult 30 1597 1273 4.78 5.45 3.95 121.89
17 Waqar Younis 30 1434 972 4.07 4.63 3.95 121.81
18 SL Malinga 30 1501 1175 4.70 5.34 3.95 121.79
19 MJ Henry 28 1489 1191 4.80 5.42 3.99 120.80
20 NLTC Perera 30 1266 1119 5.30 5.50 4.34 111.08

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS Mustafizur Rahman 12 571 387 4.07 5.51 3.32 150.00
1 Mustafizur Rahman 12 571 387 4.07 5.51 3.32 150.00
2 WPUJC Vaas 24 1093 648 3.56 4.77 3.36 148.53
3 J Garner 19 964 492 3.06 4.08 3.37 147.79
4 SM Pollock 27 1394 832 3.58 4.70 3.43 145.55
5 CJ McDermott 29 1544 834 3.24 4.21 3.47 143.82
6 RJ Hadlee 28 1454 777 3.21 4.09 3.53 141.16
7 GD McGrath 27 1465 895 3.67 4.66 3.54 140.91
8 Shoaib Akhtar 29 1386 934 4.04 4.92 3.70 134.86
9 CJ McKay 23 1138 853 4.50 5.45 3.71 134.26
10 Wasim Akram 28 1414 903 3.83 4.53 3.80 131.10
11 DK Lillee 30 1592 890 3.35 3.97 3.81 130.97
12 MA Starc 25 1263 982 4.67 5.47 3.83 130.02
13 Imran Khan 30 1425 899 3.79 4.33 3.94 126.69
14 SL Malinga 26 1287 1005 4.69 5.34 3.95 126.37
15 A Flintoff 24 1256 889 4.25 4.84 3.95 126.28
16 B Lee 23 1295 943 4.37 4.94 3.98 125.15
17 Waqar Younis 29 1374 946 4.13 4.63 4.02 124.13
18 MJ Henry 24 1324 1070 4.85 5.42 4.03 123.76
19 TA Boult 25 1351 1118 4.97 5.45 4.10 121.53
20 NLTC Perera 27 1134 1026 5.43 5.50 4.44 112.33
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 6/26 5/11 5/16 5/20 5/52 5.20 100.00
1 Waqar Younis 6/26 5/11 5/16 5/20 5/52 5.20 100.00
2 TA Boult 6/33 5/17 5/27 4/40 4/44 4.80 92.31
3 SM Pollock 6/35 5/20 4/33 4/36 4/37 4.60 88.46
4 GD McGrath 5/40 5/49 4/8 4/30 4/45 4.40 84.62
4 NLTC Perera 6/44 5/28 4/34 4/42 3/19 4.40 84.62
4 CJ McKay 5/28 5/33 4/20 4/33 4/35 4.40 84.62
4 MA Starc 6/43 4/32 4/42 4/42 4/59 4.40 84.62
8 B Lee 5/22 5/30 4/30 4/38 3/22 4.20 80.77
8 Imran Khan 6/14 4/27 4/37 4/37 3/27 4.20 80.77
8 MJ Henry 5/40 4/27 4/33 4/35 4/38 4.20 80.77
11 RJ Hadlee 5/32 5/38 4/15 3/9 3/32 4.00 76.92
11 SL Malinga 5/28 5/34 4/28 3/35 3/35 4.00 76.92
11 Shoaib Akhtar 6/16 4/37 4/49 3/9 3/11 4.00 76.92
11 Mustafizur Rahman 6/43 5/50 3/16 3/34 3/38 4.00 76.92
11 Wasim Akram 5/38 4/24 4/24 4/40 3/27 4.00 76.92
16 DK Lillee 4/12 4/28 4/32 4/56 3/17 3.80 73.08
17 A Flintoff 5/56 4/32 3/23 3/29 3/38 3.60 69.23
18 WPUJC Vaas 4/33 3/15 3/20 3/34 3/48 3.20 61.54
18 J Garner 4/10 3/22 3/27 3/29 3/33 3.20 61.54
20 CJ McDermott 4/42 3/19 3/23 3/36 2/17 3.00 57.69
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 J Garner 6.0/6 6.0/6 6.0/10 6.0/10 10.0/17 1.59 100.00
1 J Garner 6.0/6 6.0/6 6.0/10 6.0/10 10.0/17 1.59 100.00
2 GD McGrath 10.0/8 6.0/7 9.0/17 10.0/22 8.3/19 1.62 98.02
3 DK Lillee 5.0/3 10.0/12 6.0/10 10.0/17 10.0/19 1.69 94.03
4 CJ McDermott 6.0/8 10.0/15 10.0/17 6.0/11 10.0/19 1.78 89.06
5 RJ Hadlee 6.0/6 8.0/9 9.0/15 8.0/15 10.0/22 1.80 88.20
6 WPUJC Vaas 8.0/11 9.1/15 7.0/14 8.0/19 9.0/23 1.88 84.47
7 SM Pollock 8.0/13 6.0/11 6.0/13 9.0/20 8.0/21 2.02 78.73
8 Imran Khan 10.0/14 7.0/11 8.0/15 8.0/19 9.0/24 2.05 77.28
9 Waqar Younis 8.0/13 6.4/11 9.0/20 10.0/26 6.0/16 2.11 75.32
10 Shoaib Akhtar 9.0/16 6.0/12 10.0/23 8.0/19 10.0/30 2.13 74.66
11 Wasim Akram 10.0/21 9.0/19 10.0/24 10.0/24 8.0/20 2.28 69.62
12 TA Boult 7.2/17 10.0/27 9.0/25 8.4/26 10.0/32 2.33 68.09
13 B Lee 10.0/22 10.0/22 10.0/23 10.0/30 9.3/30 2.34 67.87
14 CJ McKay 7.3/15 7.0/16 9.5/28 10.0/36 9.0/33 2.44 65.09
15 Mustafizur Rahman 6.0/15 6.0/16 10.0/29 8.0/24 9.0/34 2.47 64.20
16 SL Malinga 9.0/21 7.0/18 8.2/28 10.0/34 7.0/24 2.55 62.35
17 MJ Henry 10.0/27 9.0/26 10.0/30 9.4/33 10.0/35 2.58 61.59
18 A Flintoff 7.0/12 8.0/23 6.1/18 10.0/31 10.0/32 2.62 60.61
19 MA Starc 8.0/20 8.5/28 10.0/34 8.2/29 7.0/25 2.65 59.89
20 NLTC Perera 8.0/19 5.0/16 5.0/17 7.4/28 9.0/36 2.74 58.03
TF HM Rating

The TOP FORM – HOME (TF HM) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RATING


RANK BOWLER PRO CON C TT ECO E TT BBW BBE TF HM RAT
1 Waqar Younis 190.00 150.00 140.36 121.81 124.13 100.00 75.32 901.62
2 Mustafizur Rahman 163.38 140.36 150.00 147.43 150.00 76.92 64.20 892.29
3 GD McGrath 175.61 129.39 125.89 133.89 140.91 84.62 98.02 888.32
4 SM Pollock 164.09 131.57 122.92 141.62 145.55 88.46 78.73 872.94
5 TA Boult 200.00 123.86 104.47 121.89 121.53 92.31 68.09 832.15
6 MA Starc 188.73 134.25 106.93 127.59 130.02 84.62 59.89 832.03
7 Wasim Akram 164.09 132.49 119.68 128.80 131.10 76.92 69.62 822.70
8 CJ McKay 172.73 118.60 116.80 128.96 134.26 84.62 65.09 821.05
9 J Garner 104.62 134.28 126.11 142.77 147.79 61.54 100.00 817.11
10 Imran Khan 166.73 124.93 117.33 122.40 126.69 80.77 77.28 816.13
11 DK Lillee 170.00 113.78 106.86 126.53 130.97 73.08 94.03 815.24
12 RJ Hadlee 150.38 111.90 111.15 135.16 141.16 76.92 88.20 814.88
13 Shoaib Akhtar 155.45 121.29 116.59 128.27 134.86 76.92 74.66 808.05
14 B Lee 178.48 113.18 103.43 125.28 125.15 80.77 67.87 794.17
15 SL Malinga 175.61 117.26 103.42 121.79 126.37 76.92 62.35 783.72
16 WPUJC Vaas 118.03 118.49 90.66 150.00 148.53 61.54 84.47 771.72
17 CJ McDermott 129.55 108.88 103.10 138.93 143.82 57.69 89.06 771.03
18 MJ Henry 169.01 111.26 102.74 120.80 123.76 80.77 61.59 769.94
19 A Flintoff 161.21 115.76 104.67 124.39 126.28 69.23 60.61 762.16
20 NLTC Perera 166.20 120.36 108.66 111.08 112.33 84.62 58.03 761.27

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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