Best Fast Bowlers in Cricket History

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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

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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.

HE WILL BE THE WORLD NO. 1 FAST BOWLER EVER IN CRICKET HISTORY AT THE END OF HIS CARRIER.
HE IS RECENTLY RULING THE FAST BOWLING IN WORLD CRICKET, ESPECIALLY IN TEST AS HE IS THE NO. 1 FAST BOWLER FOR LAST 4 YEARS.
I LIKE HIS AGGRESSION AND PACE.

He has better strike rate than anyone with 200 or more test wickets. No akram, McGrath, Warne, murali is near him. That's what sets him apart as the best 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

THE GREAT BOWLER I HAD EVER SEEN

Brett lee.. my ideal.. best bowler in cricket history. he is my world His line length. speed. yorkers. bouncers seam position. swinging deliveries. run up. Bowling action etc. all are just Osmm.. Respect from heart😊😍😘

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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 was a wicket taker bowler..

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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 is an amazing bowler and deserves to be at number 1 absolutely. He is the most aggressive and the fastest bowler Pakistan has ever produced and the world has ever seen.

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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

One of the greatest fast bowler in history of cricket.even wasim akram trying to side line him in his captaincy but he retain his position in team because of his performance.
i love waqar

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7 Dennis Lillee

The perfect combination of pace and consistency - lionking_88

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.

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

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

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

Very clever and pitch his ball very good length and bouncing from that spot, dangerous Pace bowler all the time.

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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.

You are the best bowler in India

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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.

Slinga Malinga is the best fast bowler ever.. No doubt about that

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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

How can this spud be ranked higher than Hadlee?

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

Hello Watson

He is a great allrounder... rickey P.

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.

As well said...poetry in motion. The best bowling action in cricket history.
Aggression and passion in the same package

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.

Grew up watching Hadlee and, despite not being a kiwi, I always imagined I was him running in to bowl as a 12 year old.

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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

I think he was a bull in last year - Adron

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19 Imran Khan

He is a ever green all rounder in world cricket history

Simpy the most consistent All- Rounder.

He is wonder ful

Changed his bowling action perfectly without coaches and all the other stuff. Wasim said that it was all possible because of Imran Khan. He mentored Wasim and Waqar. He was injured and didn't play cricket in on his peak, still remembered as greatest bowler ever.

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20 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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