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Best Fast Bowlers Of All Time | 2021 Updates

Published : 04 Oct 2021 11:58 AM | Updated : 05 Oct 2021 03:57 PM

Today's post is all about the best, and we'll look at the top ten all-time fast bowlers. In this article, we'll take a look at the ten finest fast bowlers in the history of the game. In a cricket team, fast bowlers are essential. They can have a significant impact on the team's performance at any given time.

A world-class fast bowler is a godsend for any team. Fast bowling, as we all know, is a difficult skill to master, and fast bowlers are particularly vulnerable to injury. Nevertheless, there have been several outstanding bowlers over the years who have kept their health and become game legends.

To begin, here are the top five all-time fast bowlers:


1. Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram was widely regarded as cricket's all-time greatest bowler. It's impossible to overstate the impact this man has had on the cricketing world. Reverse swings and toe-crushing swinging yorkers are two of his most well-known moves.

In 1992, he was a member of the World Cup-winning squad and was named Man of the Match for his all-around performance of 3/49 and 33 of 18. The likes of Wasim Akram are unlikely to appear in cricket again. You can't stop him with his ability to swing the ball both ways and his devastating Yorkers.

  • ODIs Stats: 356 matches, 502 Wickets, 23.52 average, 3.9 Economy

  • Tests Stats: 104 matches, 414 wickets, 23.62 average, 2.59 Economy

2. Glenn Mcgrath

To put it another way, McGrath was a rock for the Australian squad during the 1990s. Fast bowler James Anderson later broke his record of 563 wickets in 124 matches, which he had previously held. 

More than any other player in the history of the game, he also holds the World Cup wicket record. He's the best bowler in the game when it comes to accuracy. This bowler's line and length are unmatched in cricket. 

Instead of focusing on speed, he relies heavily on his length and swinging deliveries. Glen McGrath is without a doubt one of Australia's finest ever bowlers. Additionally, he took 381 wickets in 250 games with an average of 22.02.

  • ODIs Stats: 250 matches, 381 wickets, 22.02 average, 3.88 Economy

  • Tests Stats: 124 matches, 563 Wickets, 21.64 average, 2.5 Economy

3. Curtly Ambrose

Curtly Ambrose has a long and illustrious bowling career thanks to his scary and frugal game. In 98 games for the West Indies, he had 405 wickets. One of the best in test cricket, his economy rate is 2.31. 

It's only a matter of time before Ambrose builds on the legacy of the former West Indian bowlers. One of the most debilitating looks for any opposing batsman is his deadly partnership with Walsh. 

He's always been a dominant bowler for his team, able to turn the tide of a match with a few devastating deliveries. The player's abilities are evident by his scores of 20.99 on average and his economy of 2.30. Regardless of the batsman, he is unplayable.

  • ODIs Stats: 176 matches, 225 wickets, 24.12 average, 3.48 Economy

  • Tests Stats: 98 matches, 405 Wickets, 20.99 average, 2.30 Economy

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4. Richard Hadlee

Bowler Hadlee set numerous records during his career. In doing so, he smashed Lillee's record, which had stood for decades. He was the first bowler to take 400 wickets in a Test match during his career. 

The New Zealander had a career-best average of 22.29 while taking the wickets, which was exceptional for someone his age. He was one of New Zealand's all-time great bowlers. Hadlee's swing and precision were well-known throughout his career. He got 431 wickets in the 86 matches that he had played.

  • ODIs Stats: 115 matches, 158 wickets, 21.56 average, 3.30 Economy

  • Tests Stats: 86 matches, 431 wickets, 22.29 average, 2.63 Economy

5. Dennis Lillee

Lillee was well-known for his abrasive demeanor and ruthlessness as a fast bowler. He grabbed 355 Test wickets in 70 matches, a record at the time. Batsmen throughout the world have always found it tough to score runs against Lillee when he was at the peak of his powers. 

He was well-known amongst batsmen for his terrifying velocity. It is widely believed that he was one of the first to introduce quick bowling to cricket. He was the first test cricket bowler to take more than 350 wickets.

  • ODIs Stats: 63 matches, 103 wickets, 20.82 average, 3.58 Economy

  • Tests Stats: 70 matches, 355 wickets, 23.92 average, 3.58 Economy