Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest batter that the game has seen. While he dominates almost every batting chart, it also needs to be noted that Sachin also has a good bowling record. Although he bowled less in the final years of his career, his role with the ball was more regular in the 90s. In fact, the Mumbai cricketer has bowled more than some of the most popular pacers in world cricket. In the ODI format, Sachin played in 463 games, bowling 1342 overs and collecting 154 wickets. On that note, in this article, we take a look at three popular bowlers who have bowled less overs than Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs.
1) Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) – 1294 Overs
Matches: 163 || Wickets: 247 || Average: 24.97
One of Sachin Tendulkar’s fiercest competitors in his career, Shoaib Akhtar actually bowled fewer overs than the legendary batter. The Pakistan pacer’s career was not a long one but was filled with many impactful spells. Apart from 163 ODIs, Shoaib also played 46 Tests and 15 T20I games.
Back at the time of the start of this century, the duel between Sachin and Shoaib was highly followed. The shot played by Sachin of Shoaib in the 2003 ODI World Cup is one of the iconic hits of his career.
2) Dale Steyn (South Africa) – 1042 Overs
Matches: 125 || Wickets: 196 || Average: 25.95
Dale Steyn is one of the popular bowlers who have bowled less overs than Sachin Tendulkar in ODIs. In the era that came after the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis retired, it was Dale Steyn who dominated the area of pace bowling.
However, the South African player had a longer career in Tests compared to ODIs. While he played 93 Tests, he was part of only 125 games. Considering his fitness issues and the player’s urge to be part of the Test squad, the returns were not high in the 50-over format.
3) Stuart Broad (England) – 1018 Overs
Matches: 121 || Wickets: 178 || Average: 30.13
Stuart Broad has played majorly in Tests. However, when he started out, he was a part of the limited-overs squads as well. His limited-overs career is currently stuck at 121 ODIs and 56 T20Is.
Sachin and Broad have faced off on many occasions with Broad but the duel has not produced many memorable moments. Broad, who has picked up 537 Test wickets, is one of the best in the five-day format.