Taking a six-wicket haul is considered a significant achievement in One-Day Internationals. A bowler needs to be absolutely spot-on with his line and length in order to get the best out of himself in crunch situations of the game against the opposition.
Besides that, he needs to read how the batsman approaches the game during the passage of the play. Taking six wickets in ODIs isn’t everyone’s cup of tea as it takes quite a lot of effort to unlock the feat. So far in the history of Indian cricket, eleven cricketers have taken a six-wicket haul in ODIs.
They are none other than Stuart Binny, Ajit Agarkar, Amit Mishra, Sreesanth, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Anil Kumble, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav have taken a six-wicket haul in ODIs. Let’s now dive deep into the names of three bowlers who took the least innings to take a six-wicket haul in ODIs.
1. Stuart Binny – 3 innings
Stuart Binny represented the Indian cricket team across all three formats of the game but unfortunately, he struggled for consistency during his playing days. As a result, he was in and out of the national set-up. However, he can take pride in the fact that he took the least innings to take a six-wicket haul in ODIs. He registered 6/4 against Bangladesh which is the best bowling figures by an Indian till date.
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2. Sreesanth – 13 innings
Sreesanth was one of the top-quality fast bowlers in the history of Indian cricket. He is always remembered for his impressive bowling action and antics on the field. The Kerala-born comes second on the list as he took 13 innings to take a six-wicket haul in ODIs.
3. Amit Mishra – 20 innings
Amit Mishra who bowled with a superb loop and nagging accuracy, represented the Indian cricket team across all three formats of the game. He played 36 ODIs for India wherein he took 64 wickets including two five-wicket-hauls. He comes third on the list as he took 20 innings to take a six-wicket haul in ODIs.
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Updated as of September 18, 2023*