Top Ten Bowlers in Cricket History

The Top Ten

1 Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram is the king of swing and he is a superb bowler and has also taken hatriks he has also got his name on number 1 in the top 10

Wasim Akram and quick and was a master in swing and seam. Although subcontinental pitch does not supports the fast bowling, Wasim Akram mangaed to move ball in both ways and took more than 900 wickets. "Sultan of Swing" took over 400 Test wickets, and holds the record for amount of wickets in ODIs (502) and List A cricket (881). An average of 23.62 in Test matches from 104 appearances is an impressive one. He is only one of three bowlers to record two hat-tricks in Test cricket, and only one of three to have achieved the same feat in ODI cricket.

Tops in tests and ODI alike, rated him a touch ahead of Mc Grath and Warne, who come a not so distant second and third in my book

Akram is great Bowler and he is my favorite

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2 Shane Warne

Shane warne is my favourite bowler and player he is the king of spin I would say. He is a perfect example of a leg spin. The man with the title of doing the ball of the century is just unbelievable. But I wouldn't say that wasim akram is bad. He is the king of swing the ultimate paceman.

Sir. Shane Warne is the best leg spinner bowler...
He had taken 700 wickets...
I like his bowling very much

"He could bowl anything he wanted from a top spinner to a googly, conceding
The fact that he took hundreds of wickets, he thought about the batters
Techniques, then bowled using his intelligence, thought "I'm gonna bowl
A googly, bowled, and took a perfect wicket. "

Shane is the best

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3 Muttiah Muralitharan

Muralitharan is the best you can ever think of in this world. He is a legend thanks to Sri Lanka!

He is the best bowler in history I feel he should play in next icc world cup because he has taken over 600 wickets in history of cricket he bowls better than anyone else

You did not put put muttiah on first but at least put it on third. Why have you put that chucker harbhajan singh. Type on Google harbhajan singh chucks and you'll see that he really chucks, he's the biggest chucker in the history of cricket. I can't believe that he's still playing. That cheater. And somebody should know that muralitharan is not a fast bowler, Malinga is of course

He is best bowler in the world

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4 Glenn Mcgrath

Laugh out loud there is something wrong with the list! I am a Indian but have no problem in saying that what the hell harbhajan is doing up there? Oh come on just because he is Indian don't support him just for that sake! And yeah glenn mcgrath is simply the best! - rahulsharma1

Was ranked the number one player by the Australian Cricket Board for 8 years of his playing career with the top contract given to a player more then Warne, Waugh, Hayden, Ponting and Gilchrist BEST PLAYER in the best team of all time and to finish up career with Player of the World Cup, all so 4 finals 3 wins and did all this while his wife Jane struggled with cancer.

the coolest bowler of the world... success all format of cricket and all the type of pitch.

He is Best cricketer

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

Why does lee have only 5% of the votes... He is faster and better... He pitches the ball right up to the batsman and he is the most feared bowler when he is at his best... I'm sorry to say. But this is the worst ever list created! He should be at the top... In fact he is better than warne... Anyway lee... If the lists says no too... You're the best!...

Brett is the best bowler in my humble opinion... Love his cute face and super bowling skills.. See you soon as no. 1. Brett is the best of all. Austrailian kangaroo you rock. You are a very fast bowler and can confuse any batsman. I want to just drag this position to number 1

I love him in his battlefield.. One of the great bowler of cricket... And he is my favorite player forever.. Though he retire from international cricket he will be always in my memory... No one will be there in cricket as brett lee in this era and everyone love him due to his unique style of balling so I love him.. Not only me all love him... The worlds number 1 baller is brett lee in my opinion..

I agree Brett Lee is the best bowler ever

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6 Dale Steyn

The best bowler he, s the master of swing no one can defeat him in bowling he, s to smart and he, s having a best bowling style and also a flexible arm he, s having a good seam position he, s having fantastic speed

He is the match wining player than any others.

Why the hell is this guy at no 17? He deserves 1st place, for sure. Super bowling, he's fast, accurate and hell, ehy should I keep this on? He's SIMPLY THE BEST

One of the best!

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7 Shoaib Akhtar

he is an amazing bowler fastest in the world. Bowled at 100.02 MPH and 161 KPH

I love his action and the superb speed. I think that he is the best bowler of the world. I love his yorkers and the bouncers

Shoaib akhtar is superb bowler he can knock out every one almost every batsman is scared of him when he bowls no one could hit a six while he is bowling.

Shoib akhter is my best bowler in the world

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8 Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan is a superb bowler because he also bowls the doosra along with his off break

Harbajan is a best bowler
And he is seen as a best spin bowler
He will take more wickets in the match
And his batting also super

One and only Bhajji. The Singh is the King. He is the best offspinner at the present in the world and best bowler to bowl 'Doosra'.

He is best spinar

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9 Zaheer Khan

Best Indian bowler ever Zaheer khan his ability of swinging bowl both side is just awesome no one could match him in this type of bowling. And I think he is now worlds best

Zaheer is th best is he would have been when India tour england then India could win the game easily and he would be the mann of the match...

He deserves in the top 10 list
Shaun tait and other bowlers don't deserve above him

Master of the knuckle ball

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10 Waqar Younis

I think he must stands for the 1st position. The reason for this is that he is brave in his technique of bowling, very athletic, superb run up, excellent command on swing, innovation in cricket such as waqar special & deadly swinging yorkers are the specialty. He is also the master of reverse swing. In your list none of the bowler have such capabilities. So it is requested consider him in your top ranking. I mean number 1.

In terms of deliveries bowled, he has taken the fastest 50, 300, 350 and 400 wickets in One Day International matches and the fastest 150, 200, 250, 300 and 350 wickets in Test matches
As per wiki pedia

tremendous swinger of the ball great line and length

Number one bowler!

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The Contenders

11 Anil Kumble

No one can read a batsman's mind better than him. He is the man with most number of variations.

He is third highest wicket taker in test cricket... Which means he is the third best bowler of all times

No one can play like him great jumbo... By W. Facebook. Com

Should be third best leg spinner under Shane Warne

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12 Saeed Ajmal

I think that saeed ajmal is the best bowler no one stand against his doosra and teesra.

Is the verd good off sbin is the very secial to the doosra ball and world number 1 bowler of all time

No doubt he is the man who can change match's condition

One of the best bowler ever in cricket history...The scientist,The magician,The game changer one and only SAEED AJMAL

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13 Dennis Lillee

the first three were obvious, then it gets harder to choose. yet before the Muralis or Warnes this guy held all the records, awsesome bowler!

Wow, Worst List ever. Oh Yeah, see, Dennis Lillee is 13th Here, together with 13th best Australian Cricketer, and no matter what, He is the best bowler ever in history and Australia's 6th best player,!

What the hell is Akram doing up there while Dennis Lillee is here - Adron

He is the best

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14 Ravichandran Ashwin

Very economical bowler who has an excellent temparement and tough mind to torment the batsmen with his variations, like the carrom ball.

A carrom bowler who is desperately good in his form


for sure

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15 Mitchell Johnson

He really proved himself in the Premiere League. He doesn't belong at the top with the great bowlers of cricket history, but he really deserves to be at least an honorable mention.

He is awesome for the Mumbai Indians

He again play ashes I wish him a good luck

Great bowler always has been.

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16 Lasith Malinga

He is the king of yorkers. He can take as much wickets in in and out swing.

Fear of malinga make the lankan attack very sharp

Malinga the Slinga
Insane bowler
Best strike bowler of the twentyfirst century
No-one can Yorker like he can

My favorite bowler all time

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17 Imran Khan

Great bowler all rounder of all time


The best cricketer and the best politician in the world who won us the world cup and is going to set up Pakistan now.

He is the best

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18 Curtly Ambrose

Considering the situation and the quality of players accompanied with him in the west indies team I think he is the best fast bowler for the last 25 years. He has unique quality of showing great performances both in subcontinental field as well as abroad.

One of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket and west Indies ever produce

Behind harbhajan? Wow! Good selection, should have been in top 3

Best best and best ever

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19 James Anderson

He is the best bowler cause in the ashes he took 15 wkts in two matches... I still like him...

Englands top wicket taker, and still playing!

King of swing: best of his era. 100% best "fast" bowler since McGrath and of all time definitely belongs in the top 5.


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20 Allan Donald

This guy is definitely a top 10 bowler of all time, some might even argue top 5! Does no one voting here have any cricket knowledge? Come on do yourself a favour an read up and check some youtube clips of AD. You will definitely learn a few things.

He has Great pace, accuracy, swing, aggression all things that one fast bowler needs.

I wonder how the list will be complete without this guy..?

He should be no.2

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21 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Superb swinger in the world. Well done Indian!

Best swinger in history

Best swinger of the bowl and nicce accuracy...

Swing king is king of swing

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22 Sunil Narine

A perfect spin baller

He is a best spinner because his arm and fingers are worked properly

The best spinner I have ever seen!

Definitely higher than 21st..just my opinion

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23 Fred Trueman

Having seen " fiery Fred " in my youth I feel I can compare some of the greats of yesteryear with today's greats and Freddie Trueman is up with the best. - Manny1

307 wickets in 67 tests. 21.57 bowling average. why isn't he in the top 10?

There has never been a better bowler than Fred. He had to battle the snobby ‘suits’ : the English selectors at Lords who avoided picking him for England on many occasions because they didn’t like his fiery behavior and attitude to authority. If he had been picked repeatedly as he should been his average and wickets taken would be much much better. Strong as an Ox, very fast, fiery and very intimidating to batsmen he could move the ball in any way he chose. He is truly the greatest. The true number 1.

24 Malcolm Marshall

Greatest bowler of all time

Only 25th? Good grief!

hell yeh

The best bowler to watch and great career in test 300 + wickets and Ave 20.50 match winning bowler. Batsman afraid to face his bowling. Quick and good bouncer and beautiful action that world never forget that ledend of cricket

25 Shaun Pollock

Should definitely be in the top 10! Clearly one of the most economical and accurate bowlers of his era and a great lower order batsmen (Y) POLLY proudly South African

No Dale Steyn? Brett Lee at number 6? He ended with an average of 30.82. Zaheer Kahn? His average is almost 33. Akhtar only took 178 wickets. The top 4 are the only serious choices on the list.

Incredible player that seemed to never get as highly rated as he should have (maybe because of his similar style to Glenn McGrath and the overlap of their careers? ) Like Glenn, would always bowl exactly where he wanted and frustrated the batters. Could also turn on the swing in One-Dayers and was a handy batter (unlike Glenn)

Definitely deserves to be top 10

He is the best he should be in the sixth position.

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26 Chaminda Vaas

One of the best opening bowlers in world cricket history.

Not express fast. But can swing the ball both way's

He should be within first ten

Unsung hero

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27 Ravi Jadeja

As his ball always goes in line of stump and his bowl has a great chance of catch and bolt or lbw which every for batsmen might be a problem to face.

Best bowler, best cricketer great man

He is sir jadeja best in the world

Sir jadeja you are my inspiration
I am a die hard fan of uhh..
Respect uhh.. Heartly
My all prayers for uhh.. That u will be the best all rounder ño1 rank on icc
Just salute uhhh...

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28 Shahid Afridi

He is a good bowler and batsmen one of the greatest bowler

Best baller in the world

Best All Rounder any formate

Great player

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29 Richard Hadlee

If he had of played for England, Australia, India or Pakistan he would of clocked up a lot more tests and therefore wickets. Would have been the first to break 500 easy. NZ plays very few tests annually compared to these countries.

He took more wickets in less matches than the other legends

He is the best having the world record for the most wickets for two years. He is not the best he is not like Shane Warne but still phenomenal able to pull off amazing wins against Australia and england

Great fast bowler /all rounder of his era.

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30 Mohammad Amir

Dude who ever you are, you are making a mistake to put M. Amir in 33.
He should be in top 5... He is the most most talented and best swinger of the pace bowl I'have ever seen in my life in only just in the age of 19...
He is the real king and the master of swing bowling!

In only one year he became the world most talented player in history of cricket.
He is the Death angle for the batsman,
In any condition he is the master!
Thumbsup for him guys!

What can I say about this guy.
I am speechless. Such an amazing bowler ever in cricket history.
At very young age he swing the bowl in both side.
MAn he is much better than wasim and others.
He should be at top of the list.

To be honest I would say that this is the most accurate site to visit on internet.

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31 Courtney Walsh

17 years at the top and over 500 wickets at an average of around 24. A truly nice guy and magnificent bowler!

Accurate, relentless, leg cutter, off cutter, nasty bouncer, slower ball name em n he had it, should have been in top 5

He should be at top


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32 Fred Spofforth

First genuine fast bowler - 1877 in the original Ashes test. Inventor of the slower ball and took 94 wickets for Australia in the 1800s at under 20

33 Shaun Tait

Fastest Bowler in Cricket History

Fastest bowler with great speed, line and length

He is the first bowler to hurt AB!

Tait is the worst

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34 Jeff Thompson

Worlds second fastest bowler

Absolutely in the top ten. Most feared fast bowler of all time, bowled upwards to 180km/h in the 74 75 seasons. This list is flawed.

Thommo should at least be in the top 20!

He was fast and acurite

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35 Graeme Swann

Are fockin stupid he is an off spinner

He is a very good leg spinner

Rank him 20

36 Monty Panesar

Quicker bowler with perfect line and lenght

He was best bowler of SRH he got purple cap in IPL

37 Suresh Raina

He ti my favourite

Awesome bowler and a good batsmen

He is my ever best

He is good bowler

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38 Kapil Dev

He is the Indian legend of bowling and the inspiration of young boys and the number one spinner of time

He is the leading legend

Long live Kapil Dev! I love you. You broke Sir Richard Hadlee's record.

Very good cri..

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39 Syd Barnes

The greatest accumalator of wickets the game has ever seen

His figures, and the opinions of everyone who faced his bowling, speak for themselves.

A joke. Everyone who saw him agreed he was even further ahead of his contemporaries than Bradman. Took an 8 for against the Windies tourists in his late 50s. Bowled cutters which moved as much as true leggies at 75 mph. Whenasked why he did not develp a googlie replied that he did not need one. Obviously should be number 1.

40 Richie Benaud

He was a legend in cricket history a much deserved legend

41 Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

All time best spinner

Can bowl every thing fast or spin leg break or off break

Who can forget the last over versus South Africa when kapil dev said he could not defend sachin showed how to do it.

Awesome bowler. All time tremendous spin.

He is fabulous
He is fantastic in cricket history

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42 Andrew Symonds
43 Virat Kholi

He is the best middle order batsmen ever in the cricket history

You are the best batter of the world who can make century on century.

One of the most pathetic ugly thing I have ever seen before he is not better

You're the best

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44 Jim Laker

In a time where pitches were suited to pacers, this offie broke all records including the best innings analysis ever (10-53) and the best match analysis ever(19-90) both of which are unlikely to ever be broken.

45 Daniel Vettori

Daniel vettori is the greatest spin bowler in cricket history as he had so many variations and his line is also very accurate. He is my favourite cricket bowler. HIS batting is also very good and he was also the captain of new zealand cricket team, he is the best bowler in the world.

Must be in the top 10. Surprised to see his name so down! A gentleman..

Best spinner ever 300+ wickets

Played for RCB but rettired

46 Joel Garner

What can I say " Big Bird" was the Mcgrath of the 80s only bigger, scarier and more powerful

One of the scariest sight the big guy sending down a toe crusher.

Has the best average in one day cricket, enough said!

One of the greatest of all time

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47 Junaid Khan

He is a new sohaib akhtar

Junaid khan is the very very very very very good boller like you I love you

Excellent I like him too much and idon't and never like other baller

He is a new waseem akram

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48 Umar Gul

He is a good fast senior baller in pakistani side

He is the world fastest bowler

I see you in world cup. You are great Umar Gul

Hey he is a best wicketbtakers

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49 Michael Holding Michael Holding

I'm a Pakistani but 'Whispering Death' one of my favourite bowler should be at top 3 list

I am an englishman from Jamaican parents. Michael Holding is the best ever ever. The whispering death of the fastest and best bowler of all time or the top 3...

Whispering Death, he was the most intimidating fast bowler of all time.

Relentless pace, accuracy and absolute Rhythm.

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50 Vernon Philander

Batsmen thought they could score at least some runs off him initially and lost their wickets so the word got out and they stopped trying to attack him, that's why his wickets have dried up considerably, but creates so much pressure that other bowlers pick up wickets because of him. Can always be counted on for an early wicket or two and bats sensibly for the team cause. For me the most valuable player in cricket right now. july 2017

Vernon Philander is one of the best up and coming swing bowlers in the world and in my opinion deserves to be farther up...


haha worst

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