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Top Ten Fast Bowlers in Test-ODI-T20 in Cricket World

by on December 19, 2010
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Top Ten Fast Bowlers in Test Cricket World

Fast bowling is an art. It’s more than throwing the ball at above 80 Km/hour. The bowlers have proven over the years that just being fast is not the key. Though speed gives advantage, the ones who possess intelligent understanding of the game come out victorious. The top ten fast Test bowlers in the world have consistently destroyed the batting orders with their deadly pace and exclusive skills. Players like Waqar Younis and Imran Khan kept cleaning the top order players with their deadly swing and fearsome Yorkers. In the recent past, Glen McGrath has proved that bowling on consistent line and length can reward bog time.

The top ten Test bowlers in the world are:

  • Glenn McGrath (Australia)
  • Richard Hadlee (New Zealand)
  • Imran Khan (Pakistan)
  • Waqar Younis (Pakistan)
  • Malcolm Marshall (West Indies)
  • Dennis Lillee (Australia)
  • Imran Khan (Pakistan)
  • Wasim Akram (Pakistan)
  • Ian Botham (England)
  • Courtney Walsh (West Indies)

Top Ten Fast Bowlers in ODI Cricket World

It is difficult to make a list of world’s top ten fast bowlers for ODI cricket. ODI cricket came in late, so many Test greats either missed it or found it hard to adjust to this shorter form of cricket. Our list of top ten fast bowlers in ODI cricket is populated by Pakistani bowlers due to their love for the shorter form of cricket, amazing control over the reverse swing and deadly pace.

The bowlers are rated according to their performances against various oppositions and on difficult tracks rather than mere stats. Due consideration is given to the strike rate, averages and above-average performances against tough rivals.

  • Wasim Akram
  • Glen McGrath
  • Shaun Pollock
  • Chaminda Vaas
  • Allan Donald
  • Imran Khan
  • Waqar Younis
  • Shoaib Akhtar
  • Ian Botham
  • Kapil Dev

Top Five Fast Bowlers in T20 Cricket World  

It was not easy for the bowlers to adapt to this shorter form of cricket. The 20-20 cricket format was quick and favored batsmen. The bowlers were on the receiving end. They needed to adapt quickly and had to use the stock deliveries more often. The top bowlers in 20-20 cricket were the ones who were clever and had the most variety. Plain speed can get you into trouble in this form of cricket.

In order to rate the fast bowlers, stats are not enough. A bowler not getting a wicket in match, but conceding only 8 runs in his spell of 3 overs, would be ignored by stats. The following list rates the bowlers according to stats, match performances, economy rates, winning performances and the ability to perform under critical situations.

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