The ODI World Cup 2023 is just around the corner and the bowlers have been delivering the goods ever so well for their respective teams. The mega event is slated to be held entirely in India for the first time and the tournament opener will kick off on October 5 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The bowlers who chipped in with disciplinary bowling spells bore fruit in the form of wickets. The ongoing calendar year has witnessed so many bowlers showcasing their mettle at a high level. In this article, let’s go through the names of five bowlers who took the most wickets in ODIs so far in 2023.
1. Sandeep Lamichhane
Sandeep Lamichhane who represents the Nepal cricket team in international cricket is the leading wicket-taker in One-Day Internationals so far this year. The right-arm leg-spinner weaved the magic with the ball by taking 43 wickets in 21 matches at a bowling average of 22.04 including 2 four-wicket hauls and 1 fifer.
2. Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav has been the best bowler for India in ODIs in 2023. The chinaman bowler has performed considerably well when it mattered the most and is currently the second-leading wicket-taker this year. He took 31 wickets in 16 games at an average of 15.51 including 2 four-wicket hauls and 1 fifer.
3. Maheesh Theekshana
Maheesh Theekshana who plays for the Sri Lankan cricket team across all three formats of the game comes next on the list as he has accounted for 31 dismissals in 15 matches. The right-arm off-break bowler impressive bowling average of 17.45 including 3 four-wicket hauls.
Karan plies his trade as an all-rounder for the Nepal cricket team in international cricket. He has taken as many as 31 wickets in 20 ODI appearances at a bowling average of 27.51 including 2 four-wicket hauls and 1 fifer.
5. Junaid Siddique
Junaid Siddique who represents the United Arab Emirates team in international cricket comes next on the list as he has taken as many as 30 wickets in 23 ODI appearances at an average of 29.