Top 10 Non-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 Non Asian Fast bowlers in matches Outside Asia

*Note: All ODI Ratings are updated till 2022-07-28

NA O A Rating

This rating only includes stats of Non 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 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 RJ Hadlee NZ 1973 1990 1981.5 106 146 150.00
1 RJ Hadlee NZ 1973 1990 1981.5 106 146 150.00
2 J Garner WI 1977 1987 1982 90 139 142.81
3 MA Holding WI 1976 1987 1981.5 90 127 130.48
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS B Lee AUS 2000 2012 2006 180 322 200.00
1 B Lee AUS 2000 2012 2006 180 322 200.00
2 GD McGrath AUS 1993 2007 2000 201 312 193.79
3 SM Pollock SA 1996 2008 2002 236 309 191.93
4 AA Donald SA 1991 2003 1997 136 222 137.89
5 CEL Ambrose WI 1988 2000 1994 128 165 102.48
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS MA Starc AUS 2010 2021 2015.5 85 166 150.00
1 MA Starc AUS 2010 2021 2015.5 85 166 150.00
2 TA Boult NZ 2012 2021 2016.5 79 152 137.35
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 J Garner 90 2523 139 18.15 27.87 20.84 150.00
1 J Garner 90 2523 139 18.15 27.87 20.84 150.00
2 MA Starc 85 3694 166 22.25 32.49 21.92 142.59
3 GD McGrath 201 6644 312 21.29 29.68 22.96 136.15
4 TA Boult 79 3589 152 23.61 31.95 23.65 132.18
5 AA Donald 136 4946 222 22.28 30.00 23.76 131.53
6 MA Holding 90 2737 127 21.55 27.87 24.74 126.32
7 B Lee 180 7559 322 23.48 30.02 25.03 124.89
8 RJ Hadlee 106 3211 146 21.99 28.04 25.10 124.54
9 CEL Ambrose 128 3934 165 23.84 30.03 25.41 123.02
10 SM Pollock 236 7482 309 24.21 30.21 25.65 121.86

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS J Garner 88 2468 136 18.15 27.87 20.83 150.00
1 J Garner 88 2468 136 18.15 27.87 20.83 150.00
2 GD McGrath 176 6022 271 22.22 29.68 23.95 130.45
3 AA Donald 124 4557 200 22.79 30.00 24.30 128.58
4 RJ Hadlee 100 3046 140 21.76 28.04 24.83 125.86
5 B Lee 158 6742 288 23.41 30.02 24.96 125.21
6 TA Boult 69 3249 130 24.99 31.95 25.03 124.85
7 MA Holding 88 2671 121 22.07 27.87 25.34 123.30
8 MA Starc 69 3148 121 26.02 32.49 25.63 121.94
9 CEL Ambrose 125 3889 161 24.16 30.03 25.74 121.40
10 SM Pollock 199 6562 263 24.95 30.21 26.43 118.23
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 SM Pollock 236 12458 7482 3.60 4.61 3.52 150.00
1 SM Pollock 236 12458 7482 3.60 4.61 3.52 150.00
2 J Garner 90 4946 2523 3.06 3.88 3.55 148.88
3 CEL Ambrose 128 6909 3934 3.42 4.22 3.64 144.91
4 GD McGrath 201 10529 6644 3.79 4.55 3.75 140.88
5 RJ Hadlee 106 5867 3211 3.28 3.89 3.80 138.85
6 MA Holding 90 4980 2737 3.30 3.88 3.83 137.98
7 TA Boult 79 4381 3589 4.92 5.37 4.12 128.28
8 AA Donald 136 7203 4946 4.12 4.39 4.22 125.08
9 MA Starc 85 4298 3694 5.16 5.42 4.28 123.35
10 B Lee 180 9441 7559 4.80 4.81 4.49 117.56

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS J Garner 88 4832 2468 3.06 3.88 3.55 150.00
1 J Garner 88 4832 2468 3.06 3.88 3.55 150.00
2 SM Pollock 199 10556 6562 3.73 4.61 3.64 146.20
3 CEL Ambrose 125 6747 3889 3.46 4.22 3.69 144.42
4 GD McGrath 176 9374 6022 3.85 4.55 3.82 139.61
5 MA Holding 88 4836 2671 3.31 3.88 3.85 138.52
6 RJ Hadlee 100 5487 3046 3.33 3.89 3.86 138.10
7 TA Boult 69 3856 3249 5.06 5.37 4.23 125.83
8 AA Donald 124 6547 4557 4.18 4.39 4.28 124.49
9 MA Starc 69 3550 3148 5.32 5.42 4.42 120.61
10 B Lee 158 8414 6742 4.81 4.81 4.49 118.51
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 B Lee 5/22 5/27 5/27 5/30 5/41 5/42 5/49 5.00 100.00
1 B Lee 5/22 5/27 5/27 5/30 5/41 5/42 5/49 5.00 100.00
2 SM Pollock 6/35 5/20 5/23 5/36 5/37 4/18 4/26 4.86 97.14
3 TA Boult 6/33 5/17 5/21 5/27 4/27 4/40 4/44 4.71 94.29
3 MA Starc 6/28 6/43 5/26 4/27 4/29 4/32 4/42 4.71 94.29
5 RJ Hadlee 5/25 5/26 5/32 5/32 5/38 4/15 3/9 4.57 91.43
5 GD McGrath 5/14 5/27 5/40 5/49 4/8 4/16 4/24 4.57 91.43
7 CEL Ambrose 5/17 5/26 5/32 4/18 4/35 4/36 4/36 4.43 88.57
8 J Garner 5/31 5/38 5/47 4/10 4/45 3/17 3/17 4.14 82.86
9 AA Donald 4/17 4/29 4/32 4/38 4/40 4/41 4/43 4.00 80.00
10 MA Holding 5/26 4/17 4/26 4/32 3/28 3/32 3/33 3.71 74.29
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 6.0/6 7.5/9 6.0/7 1.24 100.00
1 J Garner 6.0/6 6.0/6 6.0/6 7.5/9 6.0/7 1.24 100.00
2 SM Pollock 9.5/12 8.0/10 7.0/9 10.0/13 10.0/13 1.24 99.65
3 GD McGrath 10.0/8 6.0/7 10.0/13 9.0/13 8.4/14 1.25 99.27
4 RJ Hadlee 6.0/6 8.0/9 9.0/12 12.0/16 5.0/7 1.45 85.50
5 CEL Ambrose 8.4/9 6.0/8 8.0/12 10.0/15 9.4/16 1.51 81.88
6 B Lee 6.0/5 8.0/8 8.0/14 8.2/18 10.0/22 1.55 79.69
7 AA Donald 10.0/17 8.2/15 10.0/18 6.0/11 6.4/13 1.85 66.93
8 MA Holding 10.0/15 5.0/8 6.0/10 8.4/15 9.0/16 1.92 64.44
9 TA Boult 10.0/21 7.2/17 10.0/27 9.0/25 8.4/26 2.16 57.34
10 MA Starc 8.0/20 9.4/26 9.0/27 9.0/28 8.5/28 2.41 51.43
FC Rating

The NA 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 GD McGrath 193.79 136.15 130.45 140.88 139.61 91.43 99.27 931.58
2 SM Pollock 191.93 121.86 118.23 150.00 146.20 97.14 99.65 925.01
3 J Garner 142.81 150.00 150.00 148.88 150.00 82.86 100.00 924.54
4 B Lee 200.00 124.89 125.21 117.56 118.51 100.00 79.69 865.86
5 RJ Hadlee 150.00 124.54 125.86 138.85 138.10 91.43 85.50 854.27
6 CEL Ambrose 102.48 123.02 121.40 144.91 144.42 88.57 81.88 806.68
7 MA Starc 150.00 142.59 121.94 123.35 120.61 94.29 51.43 804.20
8 TA Boult 137.35 132.18 124.85 128.28 125.83 94.29 57.34 800.12
9 MA Holding 130.48 126.32 123.30 137.98 138.52 74.29 64.44 795.31
10 AA Donald 137.89 131.53 128.58 125.08 124.49 80.00 66.93 794.50

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 NZ BAN PAK IND SA ENG AUS SL


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