Top 20 Fast Bowlers With Best Averages In ODIs

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.To qualify for the rating, a player must have played at least 25 innings against the Top Teams (TT). TT may be found in the last section of the rating.

*Note: All ODI Ratings are updated till 2022-06-21

Best Averages

The first list simply gives you the bowlers with best averages in ODI Cricket. The second list gives you the bowlers with best Relative Averages (R Ave). How it is calculated is explained in the highlighted sections. Only bowlers with more than 100 wickets are considered for both lists.

TOP 20 ODI Pacers With Best Averages


RANKBOWLERNATFPLPINNSRUNSWKTSAVE
1J GarnerWI1977198798275214618.85
2DK LilleeAUS1972198363214510320.83
3SE BondNZ2002201080306914720.88
4MA HoldingWI19761987102303414221.37
5RJ HadleeNZ19731990112340715821.56
6AA DonaldSA19912003162592627221.79
7GD McGrathAUS19932007248839138122.02
8MA StarcAUS2010202199437919522.46
9B LeeAUS20002012217887738023.36
10Wasim AkramPAK198420033511181250223.53
11Mustafizur RahmanBAN2015202273309713123.64
12Waqar YounisPAK19892003258991941623.84
13C PringleNZ1990199564245810323.86
14CEL AmbroseWI19882000175542922524.13
15NW BrackenAUS20012009116424017424.37
16A FlintoffENG19992009119412116924.38
17SM PollockSA19962008297963139324.51
18M NtiniSA19982009171655926624.66
19CJ McDermottAUS19851996138502020324.73
20Shoaib AkhtarPAK19982011162616824724.97
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.

TOP 20 ODI Pacers With Best R Ave


RANKBOWLERNATFPLPINNSRUNSWKTSAVER AVE
1J GarnerWI1977198798275214618.8519.73
2SE BondNZ2002201080306914720.8820.53
3MA StarcAUS2010202199437919522.4621.22
4AA DonaldSA19912003162592627221.7921.72
5Mustafizur RahmanBAN2015202273309713123.6422.01
6GD McGrathAUS19932007248839138122.0222.22
7MA HoldingWI19761987102303414221.3722.25
8RJ HadleeNZ19731990112340715821.5622.81
9Wasim AkramPAK198420033511181250223.5322.98
10JJ BumrahIND2016202270287311325.4223.03
11DK LilleeAUS1972198363214510320.8323.11
12C PringleNZ1990199564245810323.8623.20
13Waqar YounisPAK19892003258991941623.8423.33
14CEL AmbroseWI19882000175542922524.1323.54
15B LeeAUS20002012217887738023.3623.82
16Mohammed ShamiIND2013202078379314825.6324.05
17A FlintoffENG19992009119412116924.3824.47
18TA BoultNZ2012202193426116925.2124.49
19DW FlemingAUS1994200188340213425.3924.63
20Shoaib AkhtarPAK19982011162616824724.9724.67

TOP TEAMS


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1970sWIENGAUSNZPAK
1980sWIENGAUSPAKNZINDSL
1990sSAAUSPAKWIINDENGSLNZ
2000sAUSSAPAKSLINDNZENGWI
2010sINDSAAUSENGNZSLPAKBAN
2020sNZBANPAKSAENGINDSLAUS

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