South Africa have always been a nation that has produced world-class pacers in the history of the sport. Over the decades, the pace-bowling quality in South African cricket has increased to a great extent. It is imperative to note that Proteas have been gifted with magnificent pacers who made a telling impact on the game.
Notably, fast bowlers who combine their game with pace, accuracy, swing and seam effectively reaped the rewards. More importantly, South Africa’s cricketing infrastructure and emphasis on developing bright talents continue to produce quality pacers.
Let’s dive deep into the list of five fastest bowlers to take 150 ODI wickets for South Africa.
1. Allan Donald
Allan Donald was best known for his incredible pace and played a crucial role in South Africa’s cricketing journey. He is the joint-fastest to take 150 wickets for South Africa in ODIs and he achieved the feat in 89 matches. Overall, he took 272 wickets in the 50-over format including 2 fifers.
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2. Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel was known for his impressive pace and bounce during the heydays of his cricketing career. The former right-arm paceman is the joint-fastest to take 150 wickets for South Africa in ODIs and he achieved the feat in 89 matches. Overall, he took 188 wickets including 2 fifers.
3. Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir is known for his potential to generate turns and variations in flight, making him a potent bowling weapon in limited overs. The Pakistani-born South African cricketer is the joint-fastest to take 150 wickets for South Africa in ODIs and achieved the feat in 89 matches. He took 173 wickets including 3 fifers.
4. Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada instantly through the ranks and established himself as one of the world-class fast bowlers in international cricket. He comes next on the list as he took 95 matches to take 150 wickets for South Africa in ODIs. Overall, he took 151 wickets including 2 fifers.
5. Dale Steyn
Former South African paceman, Dale Steyn, who is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, is best known for his sheer pace and potential to take wickets on a consistent basis. He completed 150 wickets in 96 games and ended up taking 196 wickets including 3 fifers.
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