Five-wicket haul

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In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")[1] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded by the critics as a notable achievement.[2] As of 2018, only six cricketers have taken a five-wicket haul in all three international formats of the game (Test cricket, One Day International and Twenty20 International): Sri Lankans Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga, New Zealander Tim Southee, South African Imran Tahir, India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pakistani Umar Gul.[3] In 2018, Afghan cricketer Mujeeb Zadran, aged 16, became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI.[4]

Australian cricketers speak of "getting a Michelle" when they take five wickets in an innings. This means they have taken "Five for" which has become a "Pfeiffer" and hence a "Michelle", in reference to Michelle Pfeiffer.[5]


  1. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2013. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ... 
  2. ^ Pervez, M.A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Universities Press. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. 
  3. ^ Peter, Ashish (19 February 2018). "The five bowlers to have picked up five-wickets hauls in all three formats as India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar becomes the latest". Sport 360. Retrieved 8 September 2018. 
  4. ^ "Mujeeb Zadran becomes youngest bowler to pick ODI five-for". The Indian Express. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018. 
  5. ^ "Cricket diary: The bowler who bats and keeps wicket". The Independent. 12 September 1998. 
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