Current Best ODI bowling record

Current Best ODI bowling record

Post by Chan » Tue, 20 May 1997 04:00:00

My criteria for ranking ODI bowlers is a Rating based on the following formula:

Rating = 1/(Average*Strike Rate*Econ)

Based on this simple formula, I came up with the following ranking for the group of pace
bowlers generally regarded as the best in the world currently. I also imposed a
qualification of 75 wickets minimum.

                       O        R   W    Ave  Best  4w 5w    SR  Econ Rating
Waqar Younis        1284.3   5762 265  21.74  6-26  11  9  29.0  4.48 3.540
Alan Donald          785     3211 147  21.84  6-23   5  2  32.0  4.09 3.498
Wasim Akram         1992.2   7517 333  22.57  5-15  13  5  35.8  3.77 3.283
Curtley Ambrose     1293.4   4499 199  22.60  5-17   6  4  39.0  3.47 3.270
Chaminda Vaas        564.2   2196  87  25.24  4-20   3  -  38.9  3.89 2.618
Glen McGrath         590.3   2317  82  28.25  5-52   3  1  43.2  3.92 2.090
Javagal Srinath     1064.3   4577 158  28.96  5-24   2  2  40.4  4.29 1.992
Courtney Walsh      1540     5909 195  30.30  5-1    5  1  47.3  3.83 1.822

Both Averages and Ratings support the separation of this lot into three distinct groups:
a top tier, comprising Younis, Donald, Akram and Ambrose, a middle tier, comprising
Vaas, and a lower tier, comprising McGrath, Srinath and Walsh.

An interesting observation is that Waqar, who has the lowest average and Strike Rate,
also has the highest Econ rate. IMO this describes the nature of his bowling quite well.

- Chan