Top Ten Bowlers in Cricket History

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The Top Ten

1
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]Wasim akram is king of swingers
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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]Awesome bowler the king of spin
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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]I am from India.. he is my best bowler. even Ashwin from India

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!

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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 fast bowler of all time.

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]Currently easily the best bowler in the world. I don't care who you, what the pitch is like, could be concrete flat but if Dale Steyn is running into you your always, always a little nervous. Unlike most swing/seam bowlers who need helpful conditions Dale makes things happen by consistently being in the right area at an uncomfortable speed.

6Brett 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]Great all rounder. The best ever bowler in the universe

7Shoaib 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
HE IS THE DON OF THE CRICKET. HE IS ABSOULUTOULY AWESOME... HE CAN KNOCK YOUR HEAD DOWN. Please VOTE FOR HI
[Newest]You are the best

8Zaheer 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]Cool action in the world

9Anil 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]A non stop killer

10Harbhajan 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


The Contenders

11Saeed 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
He is always best his balling style is fantastic he is very legendry personality
[Newest]I love you will you Marry Me

12Waqar 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]Waqar younis is the best.

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]Sir! You are my favorite bowler of world!

14Shahid 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 all rounding performance is unpredictable! 😎👲💤

15Dennis 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!
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Proably worlds best ever fast bowler, considering the fact that the quality of opponents he would face

16Shaun 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
The South African hero
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.

17Imran Khan
Great bowler all rounder of all time
AOA, IMRAN KHAN IS MY BEST CRICKETER. HE IS ALSO GREAT POLITICIAN. FROM FAN number 1 RAZA ALI
You are all rounder in cricket and all rounder in democracy
[Newest]Great bowler, batsman and politician

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
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I saw him somewhere and never take a picuter with him he my number to favirt

19James 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...
He is the best he should be no1. He does the best bowling. No one can match him he truley should be number 1.

20Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Superb swinger in the world. Well done indian!
Best swinger in history
Best swinger of the bowl and nicce accuracy...
[Newest]I love his swing

21Mitchell 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

22Kapil 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

23Curtly 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

24Syd 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.

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
I LIKE STYLE OF BOWLER
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[Newest]You are the best bowler for me


26Ravi 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

27Graeme Swann
Are fockin stupid he is an off spinner
He is a very good leg spinner

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!

29Mohammad 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!

30Richard 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
New Zealand's best bowler ever and a great all-rounder.

danoir999

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He should be 2nd behind Shane Warne clowns

31Umar 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

32Malcolm 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

33Michael 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.

34Inzamam 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

35Junaid Khan
He is a new sohaib akhtar
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

36Jim 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.

37Chaminda 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

38Morné Morkel
He is tall man he is great bolwer
He is the best bowler of the world
Awesome stuff great bowler

39Daniel Vettori
Daniel vettori is the greatest spin bowler in cricket history as he had so many variations and his line is also very accurate. He is my favourite cricket bowler. HIS batting is also very good and he was also the captain of new zealand cricket team, he is the best bowler in the world.
Must be in the top 10. Surprised to see his name so down! A gentleman..
Best spinner ever 300+ wickets

40Suresh Raina
He ti my favourite
He is my ever best
Awesome bowler and a good batsmen

41Joel Garner
What can I say " Big Bird" was the Mcgrath of the 80s only bigger, scarier and more powerful

42Jeff 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!

43Allan 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..?

44Mohammad Hafeez
Hafeez is a good cricketer he took many wickts for pakistan he is good al-rounder
M. Hafeez I like you

talalali

Tou a nice all rounder

45Mohammad Sami
ONE of the fastest
He have the best seam in the world and he is the best reverse swinger of the ball and having the pace of 145 sohe deserdeserve the position in top 10

46Imran Tahir
Imran tahir is the best

47Fred 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

48Shaun Tait
Fastest Bowler in Cricket History
Fastest bowler with great speed, line and length

49Monty Panesar
Quicker bowler with perfect line and lenght

50Sakib 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]Super perfect man

51Sohail Tanvir
Nice action by sohail tanvir

52Shane 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

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

55Fred 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.

Manny1

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

56Vernon 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...
LOOK HOW GOOD HE DID IN THE TEST MATCH BETWEEN NEW ZEELAND BEST BOWLER I HAVE EVER SEEN

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

58Andrew Symonds

59Abdur Razzak
He iss the top boller in pakistan as well as All rounder
He was a very goodboeler

60Clarrie 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

61Ryan 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

62Ravindra Jadeja
It is my favourate bowler

63Sreesanth
Sreesanth has the worst economy rate. He has no right to play a gentle game like cricket. He dances better than he bowls
He is a very very... bad bowler
The way he is out but he is the best fast bowler of India

64Mohammad Irfan
He is a great bowler and I think pakistan vs need him
You are a toe crusher
Mohd... Irfan. Is number 1 boller I like you

65Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi is one of the best spinner and all rounder in world of cricket.
Good bowelr in the word and batsman

66Mahendra Singh Dhoni
He is also a good bowler...
He is the best player in India

67Umesh Yadav

68George 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

69Stuart MacGill
Lived in the shadows of shane warne. he deserves to be in the top 3. he deserves more credit.

BigBoss


70Darren Gough

71Praveen 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

72Chris Gayle
He is a great all rounder

73Salman Khan
LIGHTNING SAID LARA WHEN SALMAN BROKE HIS NECK

deathontheroad


74Virat Kholi
He is the best middle order batsmen ever in the cricket history

75Rohit 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 a wonderful batsman

76Joe Root
Aswome bowler and batsman

77AB de Villiers
Great keeper and cool batsman

78Shafiul Islam

79Tim Southee

80Chris Martin

81Wahab Riaz
The best bowler is it
I... Like to you very good boller

82Umar 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

83Dhawal Kulkarni
Good blower for Mumbai Indians
The rising star of India...

84Fahad Masood

85John Marston

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

90Ishant Sharma
I think he should not be allowed in international cricket

91Mohit Sharma
Ha is a superb bowler... India should try a experimant with him

92Rahul Sharma
He is now in hydrabad in ipl but we now he is very goood

93Lala Amarnath
He bowls very well

94Sourav Ganguly
He is the most successful captain bowler...
Thanks for being good captain!

95Shoaib Malik
Good offbreak bowled by Shoaib Malik

96Stuart Broad
Good bowler. Very nice swing and good control over ball.
Very nice bolling benny...

97Younis Khan
The god off break and spiner
Younis khan number 1 batsman is very very good I like you

98Albie Morkel

99Abdullah Younas
Badest bowler of all time

100Saleh Younas
Best bowler in future

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