Best Fast Bowlers in Cricket History


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1Wasim Akram

He was the king of swing. He had the ability to swing the ball both side as well. He is one of the finest bowler in cricket history. He is the best bowler in test and one day match.

No doubt that Wasim Akram is the best fast bowler in the World. He could have more wickets but unfortunately he was born where no fast pitches were available & he bowled on slow dead wickets but he proved his ability and became world's greatest fast bowler.

Wasim akram not only the best fast bowler but also one of the most finest bowler of all time.

Yes the greatest ever. For sure

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2Dale Steyn

No one can ever beat dale. Each and every batsmen will be scared about his bowling. In ipl he is the best bowler ever seen. So I vote him as the all time best bowler. There is no bowler like steyn and there will be never.

Now what happened. Right now even he is not getting place in playing eleven. - Sumit22

Dale steyn is the best fast bowler. He can swing the ball both the two sides. He is my favorite bowler. His bowling speed does not comes under 135 km/s.


Raw Pace with Swing and clean action. Added to that is the attitude he has, much needed for a fast bowler

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3Brett Lee

Brett lee is the world best fast bowler... I don't why he is 15% of vote... I love brett lee very much. His million dollar cute smile

Bret lee's fast is just so fast I don't know how the batsmen can hit brett lee's fast bowling he outstanding I have never seen a fast bowler so far

Just because he's been clocked at around 100mph doesn't mean he's the "best fast bowler in cricket history" Vote for who's the best, not because of his "million dollar cute smile"...

All time best bowler

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4Glen Mcgrath

His line and length makes him the best. One of the few that could stop the laras and tandulkers.

He was a machine that just kept on going.

Mcgrath is far better bowler than Akram in test matches. His record, average strike rare, economy all better than akram in both forms of the game. In test which is real cricket he has 149 more wickets than Akram. His home & away record both are excellent. His percentage of wicket of top order batsman is much higher than Akram. Mcgrath is the most successful fast bowler in history of the game.

In terms of performance, consistency, accuracy, mental strength, attitude, work ethic, Glen would come first in my list. The guy went way ahead of his contemporaries despite limited speed and swing. Amazingly, it was bounce and seam movement that got him wickets - normally its not the case. Credit to his strategising, patience and metal toughness.

My top few would be
1 - Glen Macgrath
2 - Wasim Akram - Malcom Marshall - Dennis Lillee
3 - Michael Holding - Shoaib Akhtar - Brett Lee - Imran Khan
4 - Dale Steyn - Kapil Dev - Waqar Younis - Richard Hadlee
5 - Zaheer Khan - Lasith Malinga
6 - Chaminda Vaas

The best bowler I have ever seen

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5Shoaib Akhtar

How is he on number 13? He should be 1st! Absolutely an amazing bowler. Just Love him.

He is a top bowler in the world. He create the bowl, if pakistan won the champians tropy 2013 please please please shoib akher come back please.

He is the fastest and the furiest! When he runs to bowl, it seems that a leopard is chasing his hunt with fastest speed and powerful zeal. He is the man who can alone fetch huge crowds in the ground. Really the best and the fastest!

He is number 1 bowler in cricket

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6Waqar Younis

Great and number one great bowler in cricket history'i m big fan waqar younas is master blaster bowler

Our selector do not good with waqar younis

Waqar Younis was a very dangerous and furious bowler. His fast and swinging deliveries always created problems for batsmen, when he was at his peak every batsman of the world was afraid to face his swinging yorkers. Khalid Aziz

Waqar younis is my favourite fast bowler

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7Dennis Lillee

The perfect combination of pace and consistency - lionking_88

The greatest Fast bowler of them all

I m sorry 2 say... I have never seen that's type of bowler for last 30 years. He is the best.

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8Malcolm Marshall

Fast leg cutters either way, vicious bouncers rising at a good length but also could make the ball speed on with little bounce. Unplayable and a very nice person

How did he generate so much pace for a relatively short man? Died far too young and suspect suspect he would have been a great inspiration and coach to future generations in the WIS and much further afield.

one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time - lionking_88

Incredible bowler, but can't believe Curtly Ambrose playing 17 more test matches and with an average of 0.05 runs per wicket higher than Malcolm Marshall has not made your list. These were the two best fast bowlers ever. Full Stop

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9Zaheer Khan

He is one of the best bowler in India at the time of very bad situation he know how to bowl and he is yorker specialist

He is abowler who has a wonderful arm action and is the only spearhead in india team. He is an excellent bowler, must keep it up.

I think he should be in top 5 as he can take wickets on any pitch and he has done it a lot of times and

Best indian fast bowler of all time and one of the best bowler in world cricket...

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10Lasith Malinga

Malinga can bowl super fast reverse swinging yorkers in to your toe. He is a bower with slinging action and change the speed change the length regularly. I think when he is in mood greatest players even in big trouble. Beware of lion of Asia

The only bowler who has the unique bowling style and often used to take important wickets when his nation is in need

Malinga is the Best ODI and T20 bowler. No one can bowl in the death overs as he does.

He bowl like thread to needle

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11Fred Trueman

Great genuinely fast bowler whose test wicket haul was achieved in an era of five home tests and an overseas tour per year, not as today with 365 days a year cricket.

FIERY FRED.. The fastest English Bowler - lionking_88

With Lindwall, the smoothest approach to the wicket, and a classical side on flowing powerful action... Poetry in motion

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12Shane Robert Watson

Watson is a batting allrounder, so how come he is the best bowler

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13Allan Donald

A pleasure to watch this man bowl... Sheer class

I don't understand why he got only 2 percent he is the most dangerous fast bowlers in the world ever to the game

The smoothest bowling action ever. Poetry in motion.

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14Junaid Khan

His bowling action is wonderful then others

How can this spud be ranked higher than Barnes? - Adron

But ther should be some control on swing on length and on his pace as well

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15Michael Holding

Sheer pace and length.. Bowled the finest over in history to geoffrey boycott - lionking_88

Whispering death. Sublime grace and pace.

You r the best bowler in the history of cricket

Help! How is he above Joel Garner? - Adron

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16Shane Bond

TEST:bond only played 18 matches but amazingly got a staggering 87 wickets the reason was he had lots of unfortunate injuries. He had an amazing average of 22.09 and NZ's best strike rate:38.7 ODI:he has set 7 New Zealand records1. Best bowling in an innings 6/19 2. Best career average 20.88 3. The most 4 wicket-plus hauls 11 all of this in only 82 matches. WOW!

Shane bond only one best bowler in cricket history

No doubt he would be the best if he didn't have injuries.

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17Richard Hadlee

Look at the figures, this guy was in a team full if average players, he won games single handed. I'm not a kiwi but remember watching him bowl, he was a awesome bowler and I think it would take a good argument to put him out of a real top 3 of All time greatest bowlers

How can we miss him? He is certainly one of the greatest of all times. He had a unique quality to lift the bowl from good length that none of the modern day fast bowlers could do.

Come on guys - Shane Watson ranked higher than Sir Richard Hadlee?

Look at the mans stats would be in any world team of mine

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18Curtly Ambrose

Tall, fast and scary... Rarely bowled a ball and when you riled him up, he would run through the opposition like a hot knife through butter. Remember Perth?

unplayable when on song and accurate most of the time - lionking_88

I thiink he is a bit underrated but his no.of wickets, average and strike rate is right up there at the top.Not to forget his athletic body and run up, accuracy and bounce. For me he is right in top 3 of all time.

The most dangerous..

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19Imran Khan

He is a ever green all rounder in world cricket history

Good blower butt not for good that in Pakistan 2015

Imran Khan Was Declared As Greatest All Rounder Of All Time...
Imran Khan Was Declared As Greatest Captain Of All The Time...
Imran Khan Bowling Action Declared One The Best Bowling Action Of All Time...

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20Mitchell Johnson

Fastest Bowler Ever. He'll soon break Shoaib Akhtar's record. The Most lethal bowler when he is consistent. An absolute match winner. Won Australia the whole Ashes series 5-0.

Fastest Bowler. He'll son break Shoaib Akhtar's record. Most lethal Bowler when he gets it right.

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I think he was a bull in last year - Adron

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