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Super Starc sets new world record

  • Published at 12:09 am August 22nd, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:50 pm August 22nd, 2016
Super Starc sets new world record
Australia fast-bowler Mitchell Starc has broken a record that has stood for almost two decades, claiming his 100th one-day international wicket during Australia's opening one-day international against Sri Lanka in Colombo. The left-armer secured a century of ODI dismissals in just his 52nd career match to break the long-standing mark of Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq as the fastest bowler to the milestone.

Starc entered the match with 98 wickets to his name and wasted no time making it 99, bowling Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera with the fifth ball of the match.

He had to wait until the 33rd over for No.100 but it came in fine style, with a diving catch from George Bailey sending Dhananjaya de Silva on his way for two. Starc is also the fastest to 100 ODI wickets in terms of the number of balls bowled. It took him just 2452 deliveries to reach triple figures, breaking Pakistan quick Shoaib Akhtar's previous record of 2707. Saqlain, who set the previous record of 53 matches in May 1997, finished his career with 288 wickets from 169 games and also has the distinction of being the fastest in ODIs to the 150, 200 and 250 wicket milestones. And with the rapid evolution of the one-day game in recent years, Saqlain's milestone records for 150 and 200 wickets are now outliers in the history books as the only ones set last century.  
Fewest ODIs to 100 wickets 
Player
Team
Match Date
Debut
Time
Mat
Mitchell Starc
Aus
21-Aug-16
20-Oct-10
5y 306d
52
Saqlain Mushtaq
Pak
12-May-97
29-Sep-95
1y 225d
53
Shane Bond
NZ
23-Jan-07
11-Jan-02
5y 12d
54
Brett Lee
Aus
25-Jan-03
9-Jan-00
3y 16d
55
Imran Tahir
SA
15-Jun-16
24-Feb-11
5y 112d
58
Waqar Younis
Pak
1-Feb-93
14-Oct-89
3y 110d
59
Irfan Pathan
Ind
19-Apr-06
9-Jan-04
2y 100d
59
Morn Morkel
SA/ Afr XI
22-Jan-13
6-Jun-07
5y 230d
59
  All other records for the fastest to each wicket-taking milestone were set since 2000, as were the marks for the fastest to each multiple of 1000 career runs. The exception is West Indian legend Sir Vivian Richards, who is an anomaly as one of four players to hold the mark for the fastest to score 1000 ODI runs, a record of 21 innings set in 1980 that was matched by Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Quinton de Kock this century. It's the second ODI record Starc has broken since returning from injury for Australia's ODI tri-series campaign in the Caribbean in June, where he finished his 50th match with 98 career wickets, making him the game's most prolific wicket-taker after 50 games, topping the mark of 95 set by New Zealand's Shane Bond.