Top 10 Best Cricket Bowlers Ever

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Fast bowling and spin bowling are the two approaches by which the bowling is done in the game of cricket. The cricketers who practice this approach are known as the fast bowlers and spin bowlers respectively. When we talk about cricket, it was first played in England and from there it got spread in the whole world. Today there are millions of people in different parts of the world who actively follow this game.

Being a fast bowler and performing well at the international level is not at all easy as it requires lots of effort and dedication. Moreover the player has to bowl with genuine pace. Similarly a spin bowler has to bowl with variations so that they may create trouble for the batsman. A cricket bowler has to give extra attention to his fitness so that he can maintain his consistency. With the latest format introduced in the world cricket called as twenty20, it has now become very difficult for the bowlers to maintain consistency and their average.

Here we have made a list of the top ten best cricket bowlers which the world cricket has seen till date. The players whose names have been mentioned below are the true legends of the game and they have won many matches for their country with their outstanding performances. Today they are role models for the younger bowlers who want to pursue their career in this game. Here follows the list.

10. Waqar Younis (Pakistan)

Waqar Younis (Pakistan)

Waqar Younis is the first name in this list and he represented Pakistan in international cricket. People call him one of the greatest fast bowlers which this game has ever seen. He made his one day international debut against the Pakistan’s ache rival India in the year 1989. His Yorkers were unplayable and even the greatest batsman at that time feared to face this amazing fast bowler. He and Wasim Akram together gave new heights to the Pakistan cricket. People call him the “Sultan of Swing” and “The Toe Crusher” because of the Yorkers that he used to bowl.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 87 373 23.56 7-76
ODI 262 416 23.84 7-36

9. Courtney Walsh (West Indies)

Courtney Walsh (West Indies)

Courtney Andrew Walsh was born on 30th October 1962 and he represented West Indies. He and Curtly Ambrose are said to the prime reason why the West Indies cricket bloomed in the 80’s. Their partnership was remarkable. Once he was the leading wicket takers in the Test cricket. He had led from the front to win the Cricket World Cup trophy for his country. This right arm fast bowler used to play with such a remarkable intensity. He made his One Day International debut against the Sri Lanka and Test debut against Australia.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 132 519 24.44 7-37
ODI 205 227 30.47 5-1

8. Curtly Ambrose (West Indies)

Curtly Ambrose (West Indies)

Another great fast bowler from the West Indies, Curtly Ambrose features at the number eighth position in our countdown. This right handed fast bowler made his ODI as well as the Test debut against the Pakistan and in the first series itself he showed his real character to the whole world. At the end of this series in the year 1988, the West Indies Cricket found a new cricketing hero in Curtly Ambrose. He was born on 21st September 1963 in Antigua, West Indies. His Yorkers were a treat for the eyes to watch.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 98 405 20.99 8-45
ODI 176 225 24.12 5-17

7. Anil Kumble (India)

Anil Kumble (India)

The “Jumbo” of the Indian Cricket, Anil Kumble was born on 17th October 1970 in Bangalore. With his right arm leg spin he climbed the leaders of success where no Indian bowler has ever managed to reach. At the moment he is the third highest wicket taker in the Test cricket. He is the recipient of the great Wisden Cricketers of the Year award. His accuracy and the ability to bounce the bowl are the prime reason because of which he managed to stun the world. He is among the few players who have taken all ten wickets in an inning of the Test cricket and is the best bowler that India has ever produced.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 132 619 29.65 10-74
ODI 271 337 30.89 6-12

6. Sir Richard Hadlee (New Zealand)

Sir Richard Hadlee (New Zealand)

Sir Richard Hadlee is the bowler at the number sixth spot on this list. He represented New Zealand in the International cricket and is one of the best all-rounders in the whole cricketing history. In the year 2009 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the ICC. This right arm fast bowler used to bowl with so much determination and enthusiasm that the batsman had a fear playing against him. He made his test and one day international debut against Pakistan in the year 1973. It was in the year 1990 that he said goodbye to this game.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 86 431 22.29 9-52
ODI 115 158 21.56 5-25

5. Dennis Lillee (Australia)

Dennis Lillee (Australia)

The Australian great Dennis Keith Lillee is at the number fifth place here. He is said as to be the greatest fast bowler of his generation. Dennis Lillee was born on 18th July 1949 in Perth. He made his one day international and test debut against England. His international career almost ended in the year 1984 because of the stress fracture but he managed to make a comeback and then became the highest wicket taker in the test cricket that year. He was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in the year 2009. Dennis Lillee is one of the few Australian great who has done a lot for the betterment of cricket in the country.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 70 355 23.92 7-83
ODI 63 103 20.82 5-34

4. Glenn McGrath (Australia)

Glenn McGrath (Australia)

Glenn McGrath made his entry into the international cricket in the year 1993 and stunned each and every one with this amazing performance in his debut series. He took more than 900 wickets in his international career which spanned for 14 years. Today he is the role model for each and every fast bowler in the whole world. He is also the leading wicket taker in the ICC Cricket World Cup. He is one of the key players with the help of which Australia managed to maintain its dominance in the World Cricket in the 90’s. Three times he was part of the Australian team that won the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 124 563 21.64 8-24
ODI 250 381 22.02 7-15

3. Wasim Akram (Pakistan)

Wasim Akram (Pakistan)

One of the most impressive left handed fast bowlers in the world cricket till date, Wasim Akram who used to play for Pakistan is the next player in this list. He made his debut in the year 1984 and since then he has been the regular player in the Pakistan’s dressing room till his retirement. His role in the team was of all-rounder and he managed to impress people with his performances in his cricketing career which lasted for 19 years. He is one of the two bowlers in the history of the test cricket to claim two hat tricks. He now acts as the bowling consultant for various teams.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 104 414 23.62 7-19
ODI 356 502 23.52 5-15

2. Shane Warne (Australia)

Shane Warne (Australia)

The Australian great Shane Keith Warne is at the number second spot in our countdown. He was born on 13th September 1969 in Victoria, Australia. His leg spin was the key for the dominance of the Australians in the modern era of the world cricket. He made his test debut against the mighty Indians in the year 1992 and because of his stunning performance, the following year he was given a spot in the playing eleven of the Australia’s ODI team against the New Zealand. He claimed over 1000 international wickets in his cricketing career.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 145 708 25.41 8-71
ODI 194 293 23.73 5-33

1. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)

Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)

The legendary Muttiah Muralitharan has been placed at the top most spot here. There is no one who could challenge this great player from Sri Lanka for this spot. He has achieved so much in his International career that he will always be called as the best bowler in the history of the game. He is an off break right handed bowler who has more than 1300 international wickets registered against his name. In the test cricket he has the average of six wickets per game which is far better than any other bowler in the whole world.

Matches Wickets Average Best
Test 133 800 22.72 9-61
ODI 339 517 23.11 7-30



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