Best Fast Bowlers in Cricket History


The Top Ten

1 Wasim 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.

No doubt at all he was messi of cricket

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2 Dale 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.


Dale steyn is the best bowler forever md ever

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3 Brett Lee Brett Lee Brett Lee is a former Australian international cricketer and film actor. He is a former Channel Nine Commentator.

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


He is the best

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4 Glen 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

He might be a fast bowler but he also kills African endangered animals & posts his "killings" on social media. Unforgiveable!

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5 Shoaib 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!

Fastest of all time

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6 Waqar 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

No one has much control on recerse swing as waqar had

"the best after wasim akram".

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7 Dennis Lillee

The greatest Fast bowler of them all

The complete bowler, could and did it all. Still considered the best by his peers and that counts for more than us cricket tragics reminiscing over our favourite era we grew up in.

The perfect combination of pace and consistency - lionking_88

Best fast bowler ever! Could bowl with sheer pace, deadly accuracy, could swing it both ways, could cut it both ways, and could bowl very long spells! Sheer class - julian23

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8 Malcolm Marshall

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.

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

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

The absolute best

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9 Zaheer 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

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

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.


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10 Lasith 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.

Malinga's Specialty is his bowling action.Because of his action he can easily do his variations.because his action ball can well directed to the batsman.that's why he become best death bowler in the world.He is the master,who founded death bowling and use it Every low scoring game,when mallinga get the ball we believe that he can change the momentum.yeah someone will say bumrah is better than malinga.But don't forget malinga is the teacher of bumrah.When every one laughing at bumrah,malinga is the one said that you are a unique bowler and work hard for be better.So I think malinga is great bowler,He will not be in top rank but he will be a all time legend

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The Contenders

11 Fred 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

number 2

12 Shane Robert Watson

He is my favorite he is in my top ten list

How can this spud be ranked higher than Hadlee?

Hello Watson

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

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13 Allan 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.

One of best action he had while bowling.

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14 Junaid Khan

His bowling action is wonderful then others

Voting for humid khan

Junaid khan is the best

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

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15 Michael Holding Michael 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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16 Shane 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!

Number one bowler in nz

Shane bond only one best bowler in cricket history

He is unparallel

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17 Richard 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.

Hadlee was a game changer and all opposing teams knew it. When the ball was in his hands you knew New Zealand had a chance to win it, his present on the pitch alone was enough to put whole teams off their game.

Got to be in top 5 bowlers ever carried new Zealand for years.geat averages.rarely bowled of line.

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18 Mitchell 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.

Recent Wicket Machine for Australia

The best bowler ever in history. Absolutely smashes everyone

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19 Curtly 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.


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20 Imran Khan

He is a ever green all rounder in world cricket history

Simpy the most consistent All- Rounder.

He is wonder ful

Best all rounder and a successful captain from Pakistan! - syedahmed

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21 Mohammad Amir

He is a great bowler and young talent in the cricket history and I hope that he come back one day and prove every one that he is the best

Genius left arm fast bowler will be back one day

He isn't even that great? There's no way he is second - julian23

He is back...

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22 Praveen Kumar

He has brilliant swinging ability and even the best batsmen are afraid of facing his bowling.

The fastest bowler in the history of cricket, nobody can match him for pace

He is the most brillaint idiot


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23 Mitchell Starc Mitchell Starc Mitchell Aaron Starc, is an Australian cricketer who currently plays first-class cricket for the New South Wales Blues.

He is a very fast bowler and deserves Ann award. I think there should be an award for best bowler in 2017

The best in the world at present and has done more than what others done in their entire carrier.

He has pace and has swing and is an amazing bowler

160 in a test match...

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24 Kapil Dev


Arguably, the best fast bowler India ever had. He was a real master of swing bowling. Controlled line and length with banana swing kept the batsman guessing.

The Highest run scorer against Zimbabwe, 179 Not Out Against Zimbabwe and made india win, so this is the best batsmen list right?

Best fast bowler India has ever produced.

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25 Morné Morkel

Please how can you not like him and his bowling home and dale steyn

His bowling speed one time 173kph in ipl 2013

He is best

Morne morkel before kapil dev and mortaza and CHRIS MORRRIS! HOW COME? ALL OF THEM ARE BETTER THAN THE DUMB MORKEL

26 Mohammad Sami

1. one of the unpredictable bowler

Accuracy is his weapon

Best bowler in the world

He is the best bowler in India and the king of swing

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27 Mashrafe Mortaza

Are you trying to tell me that someone with a 41.52 bowling average is ranked at 26? This just proves that the voters know zero about Cricket, wake up to yourselves and recognize the greats of the game before these drop kicks.

He is a great dedicated player with very good bowling skills.

He is an inspiration for his country and cricket.

Mashrafe is the best captain in the world.he is great a player,he always played for supporters to make them happy.he is a legend.

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28 Courtney Walsh

A gentle giant with great precision and speed.

Deadly combo with ambrose

West indies have produced no of fast bowlers MR walsh was accurate with nagging length


29 Chaminda Vaas

I don't know why he is at the bottom of the list.. One of the greatest fast bowler of all times.

Most Success Opening Baller.

He is most dangerous opening fast baller

Very disciplined bowler.

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30 James Anderson

He is the best English bowler of his generation.
He can swing it both ways,he is dangerous on any surface now and he proves all the time.
On his day he is unplayable.
A great team man and s good leader of the pack.
Love him.

I am not satisfied by this rank jimy shuld be after w.akram he is now 3rd most wicket taker fast bowler in test by taking 454 wicket in 116 matches I think v less matches then other and hopefully he wil be nbr one test fast bowler

James Andeson is next Akram.Today's king of swing.Nobody wants to face him.Always under pressure when facing him.England are a junkyard team without Anderson.He rules England cricket.

31 Jeff Thomson

Can't believe he was left off the list. Fast, fast and then fast.

The fastest of them all

The most unplayable bowler on any wicket

Can't believe he was left out of top 10,fastest of the fast,best of the best,& did it with style.

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32 Sydney Barnes

Wicket taking machine.. Truly great and respected even by the australians - lionking_88


The greatest his average per wkt is best

DeathSnake of England - Adron

33 Mohammad Irfan

He is a killer shahid afridi

One of the Greatest Pakistani bowlers in history and best in present

He comes at 10 fastest bowler currently whereas he is the tallest crickter in the cricket history and he is a left hand fast bowler

He is awesome and if great Waqar Younus could spend some time on him...

34 Umesh Yadav

So my brother is your friend and you are in RCB so my brother is like you very much because Virat Kohli is my brother's best batter

He is really a very agressive bowler with a spine shivering pace

Best in the world should replace wasim akram from list number 1 umesh yadav

New mohamad nisser of India

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35 Shahid Afridi

How is he on this list he isint even a fast bowler

36 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Present time he is the ultimate sultan of swing balling. Not only that he has variation which added extra spice to his ability

This man will surely make a history

He is the supermen bowler in cricket history

he is good

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37 Mohammed Shami

It's a future of Indian fast bowling

38 Javagal Srinath

Fastest Indian Bowler ever bowled around 156kmh.

Amazing Srinath Can bowl to anyone and easily bowl them.fastest Indian bowler.2003 World Cup superstar.Can you imagine another Javagal Srinath.

39 R. P. Singh

My favourite bowler king of swing

He has played wonderfully in ipl and I hope he continues to do so.

40 Mohammad Asif

I agree he is destroyed because of conspiracy

England and India together ruined his career. otherwise we found our mc'grath in him.

41 Hameed Hassan

I love Hamid Hassan we all afghan proud of him

Only good while bowling to tail-enders - Adron

Our Hero Of Afghanistan

I also froud of you hamid lala

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42 Syed Nasir Abbas
43 Shaun Tait

Second fastest bowler ever

The no1 fastest bowler and stylis bowler

44 Ben Stokes
45 Kartavya Namdeo

He takes hat trick of hat trick

who he is?

46 Ahmed Jamal
47 Dev Roygaga
48 Ashish Nehra

Sorry I have not seen this bowler Indian sorry I hope very sorry

One run up the ground - Adron

49 Andy Roberts

Can't believe this incredible weapon of a fast bowler is just #49? Seriously? And are Geoff Thompson and Mike Proctor not on this list? Or Willis, or Snow, or Rice? Honestly guys... some seriously wrong placements here. But all good fun... as long as we never forget them. Sport is all about opinions after all

His run up and action was the finest of all.. - lionking_88

Saw him in Test matches in Australia & World Series Cricket. An awesome bowler. Was the “lunch pin” of Clive Lloyds team which was probably at its strongest during WSC

50 S Sreesanth

His outsingers are amazing than any other bowlers who included in the list

No doubt.. The best and the coolest fast bowling phenomenon the modern cricket could hae ever witnessed.

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