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
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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
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3Muttiah Muralitharan
Muralitharan is the best you can ever think of in this world. He is a legend thanks to Sri Lanka!
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
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
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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!


the coolest bowler of the world... success all format of cricket and all the type of pitch.
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.
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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
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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
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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..
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8Harbhajan Singh
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
Harbhajan is a superb bowler because he also bowls the doosra along with his off break
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'.
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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
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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
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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, xelent 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

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12Saeed Ajmal
I think that saeed ajmal is the best bowler no one stand against his doosra and teesra.
Is the verd good off sbin is the very secial to the doosra ball and world number 1 bowler of all time
Saeed ajmal you are best pakistani bowler /////////////////////// I like you;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; thank you
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13Shahid Afridi
He is a good bowler and batsmen one of the greatest bowler
Best All Rounder any formate
Best baller in the world
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14Shaun 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.
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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.

16Sunil 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!
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17Imran Khan
Great bowler all rounder of all time
He is best bowler and politican
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18Kapil 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.
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19Lasith 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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20Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Superb swinger in the world. Well done indian!
Best swinger of the bowl and nicce accuracy...
Best swinger in history
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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

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

23Ravichandran 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
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24Curtly Ambrose
Aswsome pacer like this I have never seen
Great bowler.
West Indian legend

25Ravi 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
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26Mohammad 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!
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27Richard 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.


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28Courtney Walsh

29Syd 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.

30Umar Gul
He is a good fast senior baller in pakistani side

31Michael Holding
I'm a Pakistani but 'Whispering Death' one of my favourite bowler should be at top 3 list
Whispering Death, he was the most intimidating fast bowler of all time.
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...

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

33Graeme Swann
Are fockin stupid he is an off spinner
He is a very good leg spinner

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

Amazing record's which still hold strong and don't look like being beaten.

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.

36Sakib 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.
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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

38Daniel 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.
Best spinner ever 300+ wickets

39Morné Morkel
He is tall man he is great bolwer
He is the best bowler of the world
Awesome stuff great bowler

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

41Suresh Raina
He ti my favourite
He is my ever best
He is a wonderful bowler as well as a awesome batsman
V will log you a lot rains n always
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42Mohammad Hafeez
Hafeez is a good cricketer he took many wickts for pakistan he is good al-rounder
M. Hafeez I like you


Muhammad hafeez is a best bowler ever, Pakistan zindabad

43Jeff 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.

44Imran Tahir
Imran tahir is the best

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

46Shaun Tait
Fastest Bowler in Cricket History

47Junaid Khan
He is a new sohaib akhtar
Junaid myfav bowler in the world. My kuchi muchi junu 83

48Mohammad Sami
ONE of the fastest

49Monty Panesar
Quicker bowler with perfect line and lenght

50Allan 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..?
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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

53Jacques Kallis
He was the good bowler

54Richie Benaud

55Vernon 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...

56Fred Trueman
307 wickets in 67 tests. 21.57 bowling average. why isn't he in the top 10?

57Andrew Symonds

58Abdur Razzak
He iss the top boller in pakistan as well as All rounder
He was a very goodboeler

59Irfan 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

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

62Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi is one of the best spinner and all rounder in world of cricket.
Good bowelr in the word and batsman

63Ravindra Jadeja

64Umesh Yadav

65Mohammad Irfan
He is a great bowler and I think pakistan vs need him

66Mahendra Singh Dhoni
He is also a good bowler...
He can became a good allrounder

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

He was a super bowler
He was good bowler...

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


74Rohit Sharma

75Joe Root
Aswome bowler and batsman

76AB de Villiers

77Tim Southee

78Wahab Riaz
The best bowler is it

79Dhawal Kulkarni
Good blower for Mumbai Indians

80John Marston

81Virat Kholi

82Shafiul Islam

83Thisara 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...

84Kane Williamson
He is the best spinner born!

85Chris Martin

86Danny Morrison

87Ishant Sharma

88Mohit Sharma
Ha is a superb bowler... India should try a experimant with him

89Rahul Sharma

90Lala Amarnath
He bowls very well

91Umar Akmal
His wicket keeping a and batiings is very good

92Sourav Ganguly
He is the most successful captain bowler...

93Shoaib Malik
Good offbreak bowled by Shoaib Malik

94Fahad Masood

95Younis Khan
The god off break and spiner

96Albie Morkel

97Abdullah Younas
Badest bowler of all time

98Saleh Younas
Best bowler in future

99Kovilakam Sreehari

100Gokul Sharma

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