Top Ten Bowlers in Cricket History

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The Top Ten

Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram is the king of swing and he is a superb bowler and has also taken hatriks he has also got his name on number 1 in the top 10
Wasim Akram and quick and was a master in swing and seam. Although subcontinental pitch does not supports the fast bowling, Wasim Akram mangaed to move ball in both ways and took more than 900 wickets. "Sultan of Swing" took over 400 Test wickets, and holds the record for amount of wickets in ODIs (502) and List A cricket (881). An average of 23.62 in Test matches from 104 appearances is an impressive one. He is only one of three bowlers to record two hat-tricks in Test cricket, and only one of three to have achieved the same feat in ODI cricket.
Tops in tests and ODI alike, rated him a touch ahead of Mc Grath and Warne, who come a not so distant second and third in my book
[Newest]He is king of the bowler
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2Shane Warne
Shane warne is my favourite bowler and player he is the king of spin I would say. He is a perfect example of a leg spin. The man with the title of doing the ball of the century is just unbelievable. But I wouldn't say that wasim akram is bad. He is the king of swing the ultimate paceman.
"He could bowl anything he wanted from a top spinner to a googly, conceding
The fact that he took hundreds of wickets, he thought about the batters
Techniques, then bowled using his intelligence, thought "I'm gonna bowl
A googly, bowled, and took a perfect wicket. "
Sir. Shane Warne is the best leg spinner bowler...
He had taken 700 wickets...
I like his bowling very much
[Newest]He is a amazing spinner
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3Muttiah Muralitharan
You did not put put muttiah on first but at least put it on third. Why have you put that chucker harbhajan singh. Type on google harbhajan singh chucks and you'll see that he really chucks, he's the biggest chucker in the history of cricket. I can't believe that he's still playing. That cheater. And somebody should know that muralitharan is not a fast bowler, malinga is of course
Muralitharan is the best you can ever think of in this world. He is a legend thanks to Sri Lanka!
He is the best bowler in history I feel he should play in next icc world cup because he has taken over 600 wickets in history of cricket he bowls better than anyone else
[Newest]He is the best wicket taker in the world

4Glenn Mcgrath
Laugh out loud there is something wrong with the list! I am a Indian but have no problem in saying that what the hell harbhajan is doing up there? Oh come on just because he is Indian don't support him just for that sake! And yeah glenn mcgrath is simply the best!


Was ranked the number one player by the Australian Cricket Board for 8 years of his playing career with the top contract given to a player more then Warne, Waugh, Hayden, Ponting and Gilchrist BEST PLAYER in the best team of all time and to finish up career with Player of the World Cup, all so 4 finals 3 wins and did all this while his wife Jane struggled with cancer.
the coolest bowler of the world... success all format of cricket and all the type of pitch.
[Newest]He is the best

5Dale Steyn
The best bowler he, s the master of swing no one can defeat him in bowling he, s to smart and he, s having a best bowling style and also a flexible arm he, s having a good seam position he, s having fantastic speed
He is the match wining player than any others.
Why the hell is this guy at no 17? He deserves 1st place, for sure. Super bowling, he's fast, accurate and hell, ehy should I keep this on? He's SIMPLY THE BEST
[Newest]On his day, he can be a real trouble.

6Shoaib Akhtar
he is an amazing bowler fastest in the world. Bowled at 100.02 MPH and 161 KPH
I love his action and the superb speed. I think that he is the best bowler of the world. I love his yorkers and the bouncers
[Newest]He is the best bowler

7Brett Lee
Why does lee have only 5% of the votes... He is faster and better... He pitches the ball right up to the batsman and he is the most feared bowler when he is at his best... I'm sorry to say. But this is the worst ever list created! He should be at the top... In fact he is better than warne... Anyway lee... If the lists says no too... You're the best!...
Brett is the best bowler in my humble opinion... Love his cute face and super bowling skills.. See you soon as no. 1. Brett is the best of all. Austrailian kangaroo you rock. You are a very fast bowler and can confuse any batsman. I want to just drag this position to number 1
I love him in his battlefield.. One of the great bowler of cricket... And he is my favorite player forever.. Though he retire from international cricket he will be always in my memory... No one will be there in cricket as brett lee in this era and everyone love him due to his unique style of balling so I love him.. Not only me all love him... The worlds number 1 baller is brett lee in my opinion..
[Newest]Generating always great pace bowl in right area and very cleverly

8Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan is a superb bowler because he also bowls the doosra along with his off break
Harbajan is a best bowler
And he is seen as a best spin bowler
He will take more wickets in the match
And his batting also super
One and only Bhajji. The Singh is the King. He is the best offspinner at the present in the world and best bowler to bowl 'Doosra'.
[Newest]Spin greatest in the world

9Zaheer Khan
Best indian bowler ever Zaheer khan his ability of swinging bowl both side is just awesome no one could match him in this type of bowling. And I think he is now worlds best
Zaheer is th best is he would have been when india tour england then india could win the game easily and he would be the mann of the match...
He deserves in the top 10 list
Shaun tait and other bowlers don't deserve above him
[Newest]Nice bowler is zaheer khan

10Anil Kumble
No one can read a batsman's mind better than him. He is the man with most number of variations.
He is third highest wicket taker in test cricket... Which means he is the third best bowler of all times
No one can play like him great jumbo... By W. Facebook. Com
[Newest]10 wickets in an innings! He did the impossible

The Contenders

11Waqar Younis
I think he must stands for the 1st position. The reason for this is that he is brave in his technique of bowling, very athletic, superb run up, excellent command on swing, innovation in cricket such as waqar special & deadly swinging yorkers are the specialty. He is also the master of reverse swing. In your list none of the bowler have such capabilities. So it is requested consider him in your top ranking. I mean number 1.
In terms of deliveries bowled, he has taken the fastest 50, 300, 350 and 400 wickets in One Day International matches and the fastest 150, 200, 250, 300 and 350 wickets in Test matches
As per wiki pedia
tremendous swinger of the ball great line and length

[Newest]We love waqar younis

12Saeed Ajmal
I think that saeed ajmal is the best bowler no one stand against his doosra and teesra.
Saeed ajmal you are best pakistani bowler /////////////////////// I like you;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; thank you
[Newest]You are my favourite Pakistani bowler

13Sunil Narine
A perfect spin baller
He is a best spinner because his arm and fingers are worked properly
The best spinner I have ever seen!
[Newest]He is a perfect spin baller. and the best

14Dennis Lillee
the first three were obvious, then it gets harder to choose. yet before the Muralis or Warnes this guy held all the records, awsesome bowler!
Amazing speed early on, Amazing control later. Bit of a dickhead too.
I love him! He's the man of my dreams!

15Shahid Afridi
He is a good bowler and batsmen one of the greatest bowler
Best baller in the world
7 wicket haul! Best bowler born!
[Newest]His best is 7 wicket on 12 balls

16Imran Khan
Great bowler all rounder of all time
The best cricketer and the best politician in the world who won us the world cup and is going to set up Pakistan now.
[Newest]Great captain under his captaincy Pakistani team was called cornered tiger

17Shaun Pollock
Should definitely be in the top 10! Clearly one of the most economical and accurate bowlers of his era and a great lower order batsmen (Y) POLLY proudly South African
No Dale Steyn? Brett Lee at number 6? He ended with an average of 30.82. Zaheer Kahn? His average is almost 33. Akhtar only took 178 wickets. The top 4 are the only serious choices on the list.
Incredible player that seemed to never get as highly rated as he should have (maybe because of his similar style to Glenn McGrath and the overlap of their careers? ) Like Glenn, would always bowl exactly where he wanted and frustrated the batters. Could also turn on the swing in One-Dayers and was a handy batter (unlike Glenn)

Definitely deserves to be top 10
[Newest]I thing he is one of the best all rounder also he can swing the ball easily and his average was supper

18Lasith Malinga
He is the king of yorkers. He can take as much wickets in in and out swing.
Fear of malinga make the lankan attack very sharp
Malinga the Slinga
Insane bowler
Best strike bowler of the twentyfirst century
No-one can Yorker like he can
[Newest]Like Malinga when he bowls that fast jokers to any good batsman

19Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Superb swinger in the world. Well done indian!
Best swinger in history
Best swinger of the bowl and nicce accuracy...
[Newest]Good length and line

20Mitchell Johnson
He really proved himself in the Premiere League. He doesn't belong at the top with the great bowlers of cricket history, but he really deserves to be at least an honorable mention.
He is awesome for the Mumbai Indians
He again play ashes I wish him a good luck
[Newest]Bowls nice bouncer ashes

21Kapil Dev
He is the Indian legend of bowling and the inspiration of young boys and the number one spinner of time
He is the leading legend
Long live Kapil Dev! I love you. You broke Sir Richard Hadlee's record.
[Newest]I think he was best all rounder

22James Anderson
Englands top wicket taker, and still playing!
He is the best bowler cause in the ashes he took 15 wkts in two matches... I still like him...
I love your style

23Syd Barnes
The greatest accumalator of wickets the game has ever seen
His figures, and the opinions of everyone who faced his bowling, speak for themselves.
A joke. Everyone who saw him agreed he was even further ahead of his contemporaries than Bradman. Took an 8 for against the Windies tourists in his late 50s. Bowled cutters which moved as much as true leggies at 75 mph. Whenasked why he did not develp a googlie replied that he did not need one. Obviously should be number 1.

24Curtly Ambrose
Considering the situation and the quality of players accompanied with him in the west indies team I think he is the best fast bowler for the last 25 years. He has unique quality of showing great performances both in subcontinental field as well as abroad.
Behind harbhajan? Wow! Good selection, should have been in top 3
Aswsome pacer like this I have never seen

25Ravichandran Ashwin
Very economical bowler who has an excellent temparement and tough mind to torment the batsmen with his variations, like the carrom ball.
A carrom bowler who is desperately good in his form
[Newest]You are the best bowler for me

26Richard Hadlee
If he had of played for England, Australia, India or Pakistan he would of clocked up a lot more tests and therefore wickets. Would have been the first to break 500 easy. NZ plays very few tests annually compared to these countries.
He took more wickets in less matches than the other legends
Very fast, swing the ball both ways accurate and an excellent sportsman. No wonder he was knighted!

27Mohammad Amir
Dude who ever you are, you are making a mistake to put M. Amir in 33.
He should be in top 5... He is the most most talented and best swinger of the pace bowl I'have ever seen in my life in only just in the age of 19...
He is the real king and the master of swing bowling!
What can I say about this guy.
I am speechless. Such an amazing bowler ever in cricket history.
At very young age he swing the bowl in both side.
MAn he is much better than wasim and others.
He should be at top of the list.
In only one year he became the world most talented player in history of cricket.
He is the Death angle for the batsman,
In any condition he is the master!
Thumbsup for him guys!
[Newest]Donkey and dogs of Pakistan

28Courtney Walsh
Accurate, relentless, leg cutter, off cutter, nasty bouncer, slower ball name em n he had it, should have been in top 5
17 years at the top and over 500 wickets at an average of around 24. A truly nice guy and magnificent bowler!
The great bowler of every time, magneficient, awesome, marvallous, outstanding, excellent, fabulous, fantastic!

29Graeme Swann
He is a very good leg spinner

30Umar Gul
He is a good fast senior baller in pakistani side
I see you in world cup. You are great Umar Gul
He is the world fastest bowler

31Michael Holding
I'm a Pakistani but 'Whispering Death' one of my favourite bowler should be at top 3 list
I am an englishman from Jamaican parents. Michael Holding is the best ever ever. The whispering death of the fastest and best bowler of all time or the top 3...
Whispering Death, he was the most intimidating fast bowler of all time.

32Inzamam Ul Haq
Awesome bowler giving his size. He hardly got opportunities to bowl because of strong Pakistan line up, else would have ended with more than 300 wickets.
Absolutely genius in bowling
Muslim rascal a bloody and my potty bowler
[Newest]He is a legend batsman

33Junaid Khan
Excellent I like him too much and idon't and never like other baller
Junaid khan is the very very very very very good boller like you I love you

34Malcolm Marshall
The best bowler to watch and great career in test 300 + wickets and Ave 20.50 match winning bowler. Batsman afraid to face his bowling. Quick and good bouncer and beautiful action that world never forget that ledend of cricket

35Jim Laker
In a time where pitches were suited to pacers, this offie broke all records including the best innings analysis ever (10-53) and the best match analysis ever(19-90) both of which are unlikely to ever be broken.

36Chaminda Vaas
One of the best opening bowlers in world cricket history.
Not express fast. But can swing the ball both way's
He should be within first ten

37Allan Donald
This guy is definitely a top 10 bowler of all time, some might even argue top 5! Does no one voting here have any cricket knowledge? Come on do yourself a favour an read up and check some youtube clips of AD. You will definitely learn a few things.
He has Great pace, accuracy, swing, aggression all things that one fast bowler needs.
I wonder how the list will be complete without this guy..?

38Ravi Jadeja
As his ball always goes in line of stump and his bowl has a great chance of catch and bolt or lbw which every for batsmen might be a problem to face.
Best bowler, best cricketer great man
He is sir jadeja best in the world
[Newest]Best bowler of India

39Morné Morkel
He is the best bowler of the world
Awesome stuff great bowler
He is real good in South Africa

40Joel Garner
What can I say " Big Bird" was the Mcgrath of the 80s only bigger, scarier and more powerful

41Jeff Thompson
Absolutely in the top ten. Most feared fast bowler of all time, bowled upwards to 180km/h in the 74 75 seasons. This list is flawed.
Thommo should at least be in the top 20!

42Mohammad Hafeez
Hafeez is a good cricketer he took many wickts for pakistan he is good al-rounder
M. Hafeez I like you


Tou a nice all rounder

43Shaun Tait
Fastest Bowler in Cricket History
Fastest bowler with great speed, line and length

44Imran Tahir
Imran tahir is the best
I think imram tahir is Great stuff he Got I like his skills

45Fred Spofforth
First genuine fast bowler - 1877 in the original Ashes test. Inventor of the slower ball and took 94 wickets for Australia in the 1800s at under 20

46Chris Gayle
He is a great all rounder

47Sakib Al Hasan
He is a great bowler and all rounder. Super Bangladeshi
He is the TIGER of Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan is one of the best cricketer in Bangladesh all the time.
[Newest]He is only one best person in world in bowling

48Monty Panesar
Quicker bowler with perfect line and lenght

49Shane Bond
At the average of 20 and economy rate of Superb quality. He did had a short career but exciting one for New Zealand
The best economy rate out of any New Zealand bowler, better than Richard Hadlee. Only Injuries got in his way

50Sohail Tanvir
Nice action by sohail tanvir

51Fred Trueman
Having seen " fiery Fred " in my youth I feel I can compare some of the greats of yesteryear with today's greats and Freddie Trueman is up with the best.


307 wickets in 67 tests. 21.57 bowling average. why isn't he in the top 10?

52Vernon Philander
Vernon Philander is one of the best up and coming swing bowlers in the world and in my opinion deserves to be farther up...

53Jacques Kallis
He was the good bowler
He is really a wonderful batsman as well as a excellent blower. The youngster needed to learn more from him.

54Richie Benaud

55Andrew Symonds

56Yuvraj Singh
He is good all rounder

57Irfan Pathan
The indian bowler who take hatrik and a good line up.
Capacity to read batsman mind.
Good swing. Left hand bowl
He is good player but he doesn't hAVE CONSITENCY

58Umesh Yadav
He is the best I bet

59Sachin Tendulkar
All time best spinner
Can bowl every thing fast or spin leg break or off break

Who can forget the last over versus South Africa when kapil dev said he could not defend sachin showed how to do it.
Awesome bowler. All time tremendous spin.

60Abdur Razzak
He iss the top boller in pakistan as well as All rounder
He was a very goodboeler

61Clarrie Grimmet
Before the Warnes, Muralis,Kumbles,Prasannas,Saqlains,tufnells.Underwoods, etc. there was Clarrie grimmet who undoubtedly the best spin bowler of his time ( his record was not to dissimilar to Muralis

Sreesanth has the worst economy rate. He has no right to play a gentle game like cricket. He dances better than he bowls
The way he is out but he is the best fast bowler of India
He is a very very... bad bowler

63Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi is one of the best spinner and all rounder in world of cricket.

64Ryan Harris
Anywhere, anytime, anything in the hell but ryan harris is the best bowler in the world. I don't believe that he is at 54. I agree that wasim akram 'was' the best bowler but know since he has retired then he should be replaced by some current bowler. I would even belive that ghosts exist but ryan harris is the best bowler
He was the good fast bowler

65Ravindra Jadeja

66Mohammad Irfan
He is a great bowler and I think pakistan vs need him
You are a toe crusher

67George Lohmann
This kid deserves to be no. 1 , he took 100 wickets in only 16 tests! but as he only played for a limited time on pitches suited to him he has been downgraded

68Stuart MacGill
Lived in the shadows of shane warne. he deserves to be in the top 3. he deserves more credit.


69Darren Gough

70Praveen Kumar
World's best swinger bowler who can turn bowl both ways. Never seen such swing power in any other bowler.
He is best bowler in test series

71Salman Khan


72Abdul Qadir
King of googly and style..

73Rohit Sharma
He is so talented that if he tries he could also do bowling
He is a outstanding batsman. He is the best batman in cricket.
He is the great bowler in the cricket

74Joe Root
Aswome bowler and batsman

75Shafiul Islam

76Tim Southee
He deserves to be higher up! This man can bowl, and can defiantly hit it out of the park for six!

77Chris Martin

78Ishant Sharma
I think he should not be allowed in international cricket

79Wahab Riaz
The best bowler is it
I... Like to you very good boller

80Umar Akmal
His wicket keeping a and batiings is very good
Umar akmal is number 1 number 1 number 1 number 1 batsman I like you I love you very very so mach

81Dhawal Kulkarni
Good blower for Mumbai Indians
The rising star of India...

82Fahad Masood

83Stuart Broad
Good bowler. Very nice swing and good control over ball.
Very nice bolling benny...
Currently world class with the potential to be the best in the world.

84John Marston

85Saleh Younas
Best bowler in future

86Thisara Perera
Strikes at the right time. He comes through at the right time. Best lefty for Sri Lanka. He has good sports man ship. Go thisara perera
Thoug I love steyn but perara's performance was tremendous...

87Gokul Sharma

88Kane Williamson
He is the best spinner born!

89Danny Morrison

90Mohit Sharma
Ha is a superb bowler... India should try a experimant with him
Mohit Sharma is a best bowler in the world
He is very cool

91Rahul Sharma
He is now in hydrabad in ipl but we now he is very goood

92Lala Amarnath
He bowls very well

93Sourav Ganguly
He is the most successful captain bowler...
Thanks for being good captain!

94Shoaib Malik

95Younis Khan
Younis khan number 1 batsman is very very good I like you

96Albie Morkel

97Abdullah Younas

98Kovilakam Sreehari

99Bishan Singh Bedi

100Dwayne Bravo
He is great he should be at least number 8.
I like his slower ball. He is a very good all-rounder.

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