The third ODI at Centurion may have been rained out, but there was something to cheer for India’s lanky fast bowler Ishant Sharma, as he became the 16th Indian and the fifth fastest among countrymen to grab 100 wickets in one-day internationals. Ishant completed 100 wickets in 70 matches, averaging 31 with an economy rate of 5.6. He doesn’t have a five-wicket haul to his credit. His best figures are 4/38. Here’s a look at the other 15 Indians who got there before him.
Anil Kumble: The former India leg-spinner played 269 matches and grabbed 334 wickets at an average of 31. His economy rate was 4.3 and he had two five-wicket hauls to his credit with best figures of 6/12.
Javagal Srinath: The retired Indian paceman played 229 matches and grabbed 315 wickets averaging 28. Srinath’s economy rate was 4.4 and he picked up three five-wicket hauls with a best of 5/23.
Ajit Agarkar: The Mumbaikar played 191 games and grabbed 288 wickets while averaging 28 with an economy rate of 5. Agarkar had two five-wicket hauls to his credit and a best of 6/42.
Zaheer Khan: He has picked up 269 wickets in 194 matches averaging 30. His economy rate has been 4.9. Khan has one five-wicket haul to his credit, the best of 5/42.
Harbhajan Singh: Having played 227 games, the offie has taken 255 wickets averaging 33.5 with an economy rate of 4.3. Singh has three five-wicket hauls to his credit with a best of 5/31.
Kapil Dev: The legendary Indian featured in 225 matches and picked up 253 wickets averaging 27.5 with an economy rate of 3.7. Dev had one five-wicket haul to his credit, the best of 5/43.
Venkatesh Prasad: He played 161 matches and ended up with 196 wickets averaging 32.3. Venky had an economy rate of 4.7. He picked up one five-wicket haul, his best figures being 5/27.
Irfan Pathan: The all-rounder has featured in 120 matches and has picked up 173 wickets averaging 29.7. Pathan’s economy rate is 5.3. He has two five-wicket hauls, with a best of 5/27.
Manoj Prabhakar: The tainted ex-all-rounder played 130 matches and picked up 157 wickets averaging 29. He maintained an economy rate of 4.3 and had two five-wicket hauls to show, with a best of 5/33.
Ashish Nehra: The left-arm seamer has picked up 155 wickets in 117 matches 31.6 with an economy rate of 5.2. He has two five-wicket hauls and a best of 6/23.
Sachin Tendulkar: The genius grabbed 154 wickets in 463 matches averaging 44.5. Tendulkar had an economy rate of 5.1 and picked two five-wicket hauls with a best of 5/32.
Ravi Shastri: In 150 matches, he grabbed 129 wickets averaging 36 with an economy rate of 4.2. He had one five-wicket haul, a best of 5/15.
Yuvraj Singh: He has featured in 290 games and has grabbed 110 wickets averaging 38 at an economy rate of 5.1. Yuvraj has one five- wicket haul, his best of 5/31.
Ravindra Jadeja: The left-arm spinner has picked up 109 wickets in 92 matches averaging 32.2 at an economy rate of 4.7. He has one five- wicket haul, the best of 5/36.
Sourav Ganguly: The former India skipper ended with exactly 100 wickets from 308 ODIs. His average was 38.3 and economy rate was 5.1. Ganguly grabbed two five-wicket hauls, with a best of 5/16.
--By A Cricket Analyst