Former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis holds the record for the most five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.

Since making his ODI debut against West Indies in 1989, Waqar Younis claimed 13 five-wicket hauls - the most by any player in the history of the One Day International (ODI) format.

Regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers to have played the game, Younis ended his stellar career with 416 ODI wickets in 262 matches at an average of 23.84 and an economy of 4.68.

His best ODI performance came against England after he picked seven wickets for just 36 runs in his quota of 10 overs. 

Younis played his last ODI against Zimbabwe in 2003, ending his illustrious career with 789 international wickets in 349 matches including 35 five-wicket hauls and five 10-wicket hauls.

Sri Lanka cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan is second on the list of most five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.

The former leg-spinner bagged 10 five-wicket hauls in his impressive ODI career. Between 1993 and 2011, Muralitharan took 534 ODI wickets in 350 matches at an average of 23.08 and an economy of 3.93.

Muralitharan’s best ODI figures of 7/30 came against India in a Champions Trophy encounter at Sharjah in 2000.

Interestingly, Muralitharan holds the record for the most wickets in international cricket. The Kandy-born cricketer picked 1347 wickets in 495 matches at an average of 22.86. He claimed a staggering 77 five-wicket hauls and 22 10-wickets in his legendary career.

Australia speedster Brett Lee and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi are in the third and fourth spot respectively. Both Lee and Afridi have bagged nine five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.

While Aussie fast bowler Brett Lee claimed nine five-wicket hauls in 221 ODIs, Afridi recorded the same tally of five-wicket haul in 398 ODIs.

Among active cricketers, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has claimed the most five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket. Starc has eight five-wicket hauls in 99 ODIs so far and is currently on the fifth spot of most five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket. Starc equalled Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who also has eight five-wicket hauls in 226 ODI matches.

Javagal Srinath and Harbhajan Singh have the most five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket among Indian cricketers. While former fast bowler Srinath took three five-wicket hauls in 229 ODIs, off-spinner Harbhajan recorded the same number of five-wicket hauls from 236 ODIs.

Most five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket

Player Span Matches Wickets Average  Economy Five-wicket hauls
Waqar Younis (PAK) 1989-2003 262 416 23.84 4.68 13
Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 1993-2011 350 534 23.08 3.93 10
Brett Lee (AUS) 2000-2012 221 380 23.36 4.76 9
Shahid Afridi (PAK) 1996-2015 398 395 34.51 4.62 9
Mitchell Starc (AUS) 2010-2021 99 195 22.45 5.15 8
Lasith Malinga (SL) 2004-2019 226 338 28.87 5.35 8
Glenn Mcgrath (AUS) 1993-2007 250 381 22.02 3.88 7
Lance Klusener (SA) 1996-2004 171 192 29.95 4.70 6
Saqlain Mushtaq (PAK) 1995-2003 169 288 21.78 4.29 6
Wasim Akram (PAK) 1984-2003 356 502 23.52 3.89 6

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