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.

Fastest bowler ever I see in my life. No chance for any batsman to play against him.

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

Greatest fast bowler

Greatest bowler of the era STEYN GUN

Best fast bowler ever

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

Most consistent fast bowler of all time, my childhood hero!

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

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

4 Glen Mcgrath

Number 1 Bowler

Best bowling in World Cup history

3 World Cup Winning Australia

McGrath is leading bowler

Consistenly bowl line and length

He should be at the top of the list along with Curtly Ambrose

The best bowler

5 Shoaib Akhtar

The world fastest bowler ever

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

Shoaib was more lethal faster and had more swing than lee...He deserves second position

The world fastest bowler.

6 Malcolm Marshall

First name on my all time team sheet

Best Bowler at peak
Westindies greatest when WI white wash England (may be twice)

Why not number 1

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.

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

8 Waqar Younis

He was definitely better than Wasim Akram when both were at their peak. Easily more fearsome of the two, so Waqar Younis can't be below him in this ranking.

Bowled few 100mph

Best fast bowler ever.

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

9 Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan is best bowling action.

Good bowling zaheer bhai

He is best swing bowler he is the best

Never seen a bowler like him in India

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


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 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 the hero of my cricket world

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

12 Michael Holding Michael Holding

Most effective and most graceful silent assasin. Somerimes even umpires wouldn't realize that he has passed them and bowler a ball. Truly the greatest.

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

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 should be within 5

He is my mums cousin

For me he is best bowler after waseem akram

14 Fred Trueman

He's a Legend, I guess he's not higher because he's historic, but check his stats out.

The fastest and most accurate fast bowler with a memory for all batsmen's weaknesses. Like all quickies his speed died down with age but he became a cleverer and better bowler. Even the great West Indies sides of the 60's were afraid of Fred.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

21 James Anderson

Trent Bridge vs New Zealand this guy swung the ball like never seen

You can't put Anderson this low in the list. He is absolutely lethal with the duke's ball. Everything aside its just a pleasure watching him bowl.

What a joke. Nothing more needs to be said.

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

22 Kapil Dev

#Great person of history of world cup

Greatest Indian pacer, a perfect Yorker master.

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

23 Imran Khan

Greatest captain in history
Lovely manners and skill

The greatest and most good looking personality from the subcontinent ever

He is a ever green all rounder in world cricket history

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

24 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?

He is the best bowler but there is no jasprit bhumrah in the list.

Aussie Monster Pacer...Fiery quicky...

Worlds best bawler

25 Keith Miller

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

26 Mohammad Amir

Match is temporary... Class is permanent

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

27 Shaun Pollock

Just one word only- impeccable!
Remainders are history

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

28 Mohammad Sami

Great line n length beauty with his consistency

Makes those stumps fly

1. one of the unpredictable bowler

Accuracy is his weapon

29 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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30 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Super bowler

No30 supposed to be no1 king of swing

He is the best new swing king in the world

I love Buvi bowling

31 Mashrafe Mortaza

He got 266 odi wickets

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.

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.

33 Jeff Thomson

Jeff Thompson should have been at top. Thompson is considered by many to be the fastest bowler of all time.He was the opening partner of fellow fast bowler Dennis Lillee; their combination was one of the most fearsome in Test cricket history.
West Indian batting legend Viv Richards, rates Thomson as the fastest he has ever faced.Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar also reckons Thomson was the fastest he faced over a career spanning over 20 years. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd regards Thomson as the fastest bowler he has ever seen. Michael Holding, himself often considered an extremely fast bowler in his prime, believes Thomson to be the fastest he ever saw.

Amazing speeds, kept on going all day.

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

Short run-up and bang. Great to watch

34 Umesh Yadav

Supe faster

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

35 Javagal Srinath

It's a indian panthar indias number one bowler I like this great bowler very much and javagal srinath is a great bowler in world history

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 Sydney Barnes

The best statistics ever, was said to be unplayable some times. Now sadly forgotten about.

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


The greatest his average per wkt is best

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37 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.

38 Shahid Afridi Shahid Afridi

He's not even a fast bowler...

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

39 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


40 Mohammed Shami

Sensational Shami

It's a future of Indian fast bowling

41 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

42 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...

43 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

44 Ben Stokes
45 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.

46 Syed Nasir Abbas
47 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.

48 Trent Boult Trent Boult Trent Alexander Boult is a New Zealand international cricketer who plays as a bowler and tail end batsman for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, Northern Districts in New Zealand's domestic cricket, and New Zealand internationally.

He should be number 23 in fastest bowling

My favorite bowler

49 Shaun Tait

Keep loose. When facing Taity it was almost always guesswork. Bad luck if you guessed wrong.

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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