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.

Swing ka Guru.

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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.


Look at the stats...

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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 my favorite bowler and I also want to become like him

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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

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.

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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!

He should be on place of bret lee
Because of his speed

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6 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.

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

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

Why not number 1

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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

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

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8 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

Most complete and talented bowler

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9 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.

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

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10 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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The Contenders

11 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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12 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 is the hero of my cricket world

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13 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.

He should be ranked 1

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14 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

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

number 2

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15 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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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

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

Best fast bowler ever

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18 Alan Keith Davidson
19 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

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.

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.

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.

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20 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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21 Imran Khan

He is a ever green all rounder in world cricket history

Simpy the most consistent All- Rounder.

He is wonder ful

The greatest and most good looking personality from the subcontinent ever

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22 Keith Miller

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

23 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?

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

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24 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

I love his bowling style

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25 Shaun Pollock

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

26 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

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

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27 James Anderson

Why this man isn't in at least the top 5 is ridiculous! About to be the highest wicket taker in the history of the game, a mere 400 years or so. Jimmy is class personified...

He is the Best, Why he is on 28th rank.
He can Swing balls, so much that even Best batsman are in Trouble

Best pace/swing bowler figures don't lie

Jimmy Anderson is the best as far as I'm concerned. I'm 70yo and have watched all the bowlers in this list and none come near our Jimmy.. he just bowled 4 more today against the West Indies. his score was 24.12.37 for 4. 50% of overs are maidens. I will agree that England would be rather at a loss without him in the side. I remember Bret Lee saying "I wish them too were Aussies" as he pointed out Freddie Flintoff and Jimmy Anderson. Ricky Ponting agreed with him. Ray Cooke.

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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

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

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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31 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 the 2nd greatest left arm fast bowler of all time

He is most dangerous opening fast baller

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32 Jeff Thomson

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

The fastest of them all

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.

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33 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

Sultan of swing

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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

His line and lengh are so good...

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35 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

36 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...

37 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

38 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.

39 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.

40 Shahid Afridi

He's not even a fast bowler...

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

41 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


42 Syed Nasir Abbas
43 Mohammed Shami

It's a future of Indian fast bowling

44 Vinay Kumar

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

He is not worth to be a fast bowler

45 Ben Stokes
46 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.

47 R. P. Singh

My favourite bowler king of swing

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

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 also froud of you hamid lala

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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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