Mohammed Shami is fastest Indian to 100 ODI wickets
Mohammed Shami has beaten Irfan Pathan's mark of fewest games to 100 ODI wickets. © BCCI

The fast bowler Mohammed Shami has become the fastest Indian to the landmark of 100 ODI wickets, surpassing Irfan Pathan‘s record in three matches fewer.

Shami achieved the milestone in his opening over of the first ODI against New Zealand at Napier’s McLean Park when he bowled Martin Guptill 5 in what proved a wicket-maiden over. Shami took his 100th wicket in his 56th ODI, which is three less than Irfan required when he reached the landmark in 2004.

Irfan had gone to 100 in his 59th match, played against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2006. (ALSO READ: Dhawan second fastest Indian to 5000 ODI runs)

FASTEST TO 100 ODI WICKETS (INDIA)

Player M Opponents Ground Year Time
M Shami 56 NZ Napier 2019 6y 17 days
I Pathan 59 PAK Abu Dhabi 2004 2y 100d
Z Khan 65 NZ Centurion 2003 2y 162 d
A Agarkar 67 ZIM Jodhpur 2000 2y 251d
J Srinath 68 WI Kolkata 1994 3y 18d

Shami, 28, had been out of India’s ODI side for a while but returned in October for two games versus West Indies and was then retained for the recent matches in Australia, where he took five wickets in three games.

In a career dating back to January 2003, Shami has claimed 100 ODI wickets at an average of 26 with a best of 4/35. That it has taken him over six years to get to 100 ODI wickets is indicative of the stop-start nature of his career. He missed nearly two years of ODI cricket after undergoing surgery after the 2015 World Cup, and played just three games in 2017 and two in 2018.