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.

Amazing! I really think he is the world's best bowler.

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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

Best bowler in the world

Bowls like flash

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.

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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 was my childhood hero. He was most deadliest bowler and quickest like light.

One of the greatest bowlers great efforts for his team in the golden time for australia

Best bowler of all time

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

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4 Glen Mcgrath

I have witness him literally terrorized the world's premiere batsmen over and over again. He always seem to be anxious to bowl, and possessed one of world's fesses bouncers.

Definitely the best Test match fast bowler amongst all.


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.

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5 Shoaib Akhtar

Fastest bowler in the world

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

Pakistan. Zindabad

He is the fastest number 1

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6 Malcolm Marshall

Why not number 1

The absolute best

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.

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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7 Dennis Lillee

In era of great batsman and bowlers
he was always outstanding.
speed, control, swing, stamina in all conditions
The best of the best

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

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8 Waqar Younis

Bowled few 100mph

Master of reverse swing...should be in top five, internal politics kept him away from the game for a while.

Best fast bowler ever.

Best fast bowler of all time

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9 Zaheer Khan

Good bowling zaheer bhai

He is best swing bowler he is the best

Never seen a bowler like him in India

King of spin & master of yorker

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10 Allan Donald

Allan donald is the best from all above

Sheer pleasure to watch. Effortless and smooth with a vicious bouncer and get the ball to swing at pace.

Excellent Fast Bowler In South African Cricket History

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

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The Contenders

11 Lasith Malinga

He is the best death bowler ever. His inswinging yorkers terrifies the bowler. Even knowing that it comes, batsmen can not avoid getting out. He is the most accurate fast bowler ever

Malinga is the hero of my cricket world

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

Malinga is a legend.He also has the highest wickets in Ipl(170) from just 123 matches.In his prime days he was the most feared bowler in the world because of his deadly Yorkers.Even now though he doesn't have the pace he had before he has excellent variations so he is one of the best bowlers of all time

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12 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

Slow runner but heavy pace in his ball, most of the wickets just out side the Off sticks.

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13 Curtly Ambrose

13! Seriously? How on earth did you lot find 12 bowlers to put higher on the list? I suspect nepotism plays a big roll and that's just plain stupid. I'm from South Africa and I'm a big fan of Donald. He had probably the best bowling action, but never ever was he better than Ambrose. He was terrifyingly good when he was fired up, but he would not rate himself above the greatest of the great Windies bowlers. Same with Steyn. I think Steyn is the last of the great fast bowlers, but never ever better than Ambrose and Marshall. The presence of Zaheer is just pure number of dumbass votes. The real Indian fans know who the greatest fast bowlers where and they adored and respected them even though they didn't have greats themselves (with the possible exception of Kapil Dev, but still not top 10). Anyone thinking Malinga belongs in the top ten, smokes their socks. The rest I'm ok with, except the order. Brett Lee was truly awesome, but not number 3? My top 3 in no particular order is Akram, ...more

He is my mums cousin


He should be ranked 1

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14 Fred Trueman

I wonder just how good he would be in the modern era.

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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15 Shane Robert Watson

Watson sir u r all rounder and hard hitter in legside pitch.
your batting style was amazing
I am your fan sir

He is my favorite he is in my top ten list

How can this spud be ranked higher than Hadlee?

Hello Watson

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16 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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17 Shane Bond

Best fast bowler ever

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

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18 Alan Keith Davidson

One of the best fast bowlers of all time. Him along with Akram are the best left arm quicks of all time.

19 Richard Hadlee

How can he not be the best.. Just take a look at the averages.. The stats never lie... Absolute perfectionist at swing bowling.. Terrorised the best. Especially later in his career.. Absolutely devastating. Carried a whole country. I'm sure everyone will look to who they like and by numbers he'll never get there.. But the stats don't lie

He is the greatest ever swing bowler. He mesmerized the batsmen with his ability to move the ball both ways whether new or old one. It was a great sight to watch his fluid run-up and bowling action.
An outstanding bowler.

Best Pace Bowler, having cool action yet very dangerous to batsmen. When he was in field, observers wanted to see him only. So cool was his personality, it was nice to watch the man on field. Unfortunately, he was in NZ team and played lesser tests than Aus/Eng. Cricket yet todate produce such cool action productive pace bowler.

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

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20 Mitchell Johnson

An Intimidating Look In The Eyes, Tattoos On The Left Arm & Speed Over 150 km/h Is Enough To Say About The Ability Of This Man.

The best bowler ever in history. Absolutely smashes everyone

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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21 Imran Khan

The greatest and most good looking personality from the subcontinent ever

One of the most hard working, consistent sportsman with a vision,his inswing was really tough with an impressive runup and action, innovative introduced nuteral empiring in international cricket big salute

He is a ever green all rounder in world cricket history

Simpy the most consistent All- Rounder.

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22 Kapil Dev

He gives the first World cup to India! You're a superhero for me!

Great bowler great captain world produce till date with vast knowledge of cricket

Kapil a real Hero.

Bowled well in all conditions and pitches.
He has lethal outs wingers and yorkers
Pinch hitter and a superb fielder

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23 Keith Miller

Most convincing player of 1948 invincible bradman allrounder of game history.a great fast bowler with lindwall and johnston.

24 Mohammad Amir

He should be in the top now..

Finest bowler in this time.

The best of the best bowlers and king of swing and smashing Indians openers

I love his bowling style

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25 James Anderson

In my opinion, Anderson is the best fast bowler and he deserves to be in the top 10 list.

England's leading wicket taker, one of the greats

He is not 27 th best he is the best

He is the greatest there is no doubt about it

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

Seriously! Mitchell Starc on 26? Are you kidding me?

Worlds best bawler

King of yorkers

His bowling is high tech. Starc is Yorker specialist.His swing bowl is very dangerous.

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27 Shaun Pollock

Just one word only- impeccable!
Remainders are history

Greatest when it comes to line and length next to Glenn McGrath

28 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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29 Mohammad Sami

Makes those stumps fly

1. one of the unpredictable bowler

Accuracy is his weapon

Best bowler in the world

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30 Mashrafe Mortaza

He is all time great for his country and entire world. He is a fighter. Love you Mash.

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.

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31 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

I love Buvi bowling

Sultan of swing

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

he is good

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32 Chaminda Vaas

Chaminda vaas with
ODI 400 Wickets
Test 355 Wickets

He is the 2nd greatest left arm fast bowler of all time

He is most dangerous opening fast baller

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

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33 Jeff Thomson

Amazing speeds, kept on going all day.

Short run-up and bang. Great to watch

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

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

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34 Umesh Yadav

His line and lengh are so good...

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

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35 Javagal Srinath

No comparison

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.

36 Shahid Afridi Shahid Afridi

He's not even a fast bowler...

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

37 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

38 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

39 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...

40 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


41 Joel Garner

The one bowler no batsman would want to face.. How is he not the best

For a period in the mid 80s this guy was virtually impossible to play especially in odis

Instead of voting for your favourite 20/20 player *cough* *Indians* *cough* take the the time and look at past players before you vote/comment. Having Joel Garner at 48 makes zero sense, this just shows how little you people actually know about cricket.

42 Syed Nasir Abbas
43 Mohammed Shami

It's a future of Indian fast bowling

44 Vinay Kumar

He is not worth to be a fast bowler

He is a good bowler for picking up wicket and is very useful in t20.

45 R. P. Singh

Shami was a brilliant bowler of India

My favourite bowler king of swing

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

46 Mohammad Asif

Right Handed Wasim Akram.

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

I agree he is destroyed because of conspiracy

47 Ben Stokes
48 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 love Hamid Hassan a lot of

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49 Shaun Tait

Second fastest bowler ever

The no1 fastest bowler and stylis bowler

50 Kartavya Namdeo

He takes hat trick of hat trick

who he is?

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2. Dennis Lillee
3. Glen Mcgrath
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2. Michael Holding
3. Dale Steyn
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