Australia left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc is currently the fastest to 200 wickets in ODI cricket.

Since making his One-Day International (ODI) debut against India at Visakhapatnam in October 2010, Mitchell Starc took 102 matches to pick up 200 wickets in the 50-over format.

Starc has now picked 200 wickets in 102 ODIs at an average of 22.31 and an economy of 5.10.

The New South Wales-born cricketer surpassed the previous record held by Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq during the third and final ODI against Zimbabwe at the Riverway Stadium in Townsville, Australia on September 3, 2022. Interestingly, Zimbabwe stunned Australia in the match to register their first-ever win over the mighty Aussies Down Under in any format of the game.

Meanwhile, legendary Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq took 104 matches to complete 200 wickets in ODI cricket.

Having made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Gujranwala in September 1995, Mushtaq reached his 200 ODI wickets milestone versus South Africa in June 1999. 

Mushtaq ended his illustrious international career with 288 ODI wickets in 169 matches at an average of 21.78 and an economy of 4.29.

Former Australia cricketer Brett Lee features third on the list for the fastest to 200 wickets in ODI cricket. The legendary speedster completed his 200 ODI wickets milestone in his 112th match against arch-rivals England at The Oval in 2005.

Lee retired from international cricket with 380 ODI wickets in 221 matches at an average of 23.36 and an economy of 4.76.

Ex-South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald and Waqar Younis of Pakistan complete the top five list.

While Allan Donald reached 200 ODI wickets in 117 matches during an ODI against Zimbabwe at Chelmsford in 1999, Waqar Younis achieved the milestone in 118 matches while playing against arch-rivals India in Bengaluru in 1996.

Among Indians, former fast bowler Ajit Agarkar was the fastest to 200 wickets in ODI cricket. Agarkar took 133 matches to reach his 200 ODI wickets. It came against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2004.

In women’s cricket, legendary India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami owns the record for being the fastest to 200 wickets in ODI cricket. She remains the only female cricketer to have bagged more than 200 wickets in the 50-over format.

Goswami has claimed 252 ODI wickets in 201 matches since making her debut against England in Chennai in 2002.

Fastest to 200 wickets in ODI cricket

Player Matches Against Ground Match Date
Mitchell Starc (AUS) 102 Zimbabwe Townsville 3 September 2022
Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK) 104 South Africa Nottingham 5 June 1999
Brett Lee (AUS) 112 England The Oval 12 July 2005
Allan Donald (SA) 117 Zimbabwe Chelmsford 29 May 1999
Waqar Younis (PAK) 118 India Bengaluru 9 March 1996
Shane Warne (AUS) 125 Pakistan Lord's 20 June 1999
Makhaya Ntini (SA) 126 Australia Cape Town 3 March 2006
Lasith Malinga (SL) 127 India Pallelkele 4 August 2012
Mitchell Johnson (AUS) 129 England Southampton 16 September 2013
Shoaib Akhtar (PAK) 130 England Cardiff 30 August 2006

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