Cricket is a team game and in the last few decades, it has been turned into the batsman paradise. Hardly anything there is for the bowlers to make ball could talk and walk. But there were who have intimated the batsman with the sheer pace. Here goes the list of top 10 fastest bowlers of all time.
Shane Bond Clocked the fast delivery of 156.4 km/h
One of the few bowlers who has Justified the tag of fast bowling after 2000 era like no other. If someone talks about New Zealand Cricket history two names definitely comes into mind first Sir Richard Hadlee and Shane Bond.
Shane Bond could have been the greatest of all time if had played longer apart from dealing with injuries straight through the start of his career. 18 tests 87 wickets at an average of 22.09, 82 ODIs 147 wickets at an average of 20.88 – If word to describe it would be Insane.
Mohammad Sami clocked fastest delivery of 156.4 kmph
Karachi born bowler burst onto the screen with an impressive debut in tests and ODIs. Sami formed the most destructive bowling pairs with Shoiab Akhtar and went across many batting line-up. A only bowler to have three Hattrick in all across three formats.
Couldn’t continued his career for too long as for the injuries which makes him more time to recover back. The last time he was seen in 2016 T-20 World cup but after then he was picked up for his national side but continues to play for domestic sides but never seen in the Pakistan dressing room.
Mitchell Johnson clocked fastest the delivery of 156.8 km/h
Very few bowlers in the world who could intimatade the batsman with the fast bowling and one such character was Mitchell Johnson. Tattoos on arms and big moustache England team have bad nightmare against the destructive pacer of Australia in 2013 ashes series.
After Glenn McGrath retirement Johnson alongside Brett Lee formed the most destructive bowling pairs of the last decades. Johnson took 313 wickets in 73 tests and 239 Wickets in 153 ODIs. But Ashes series of 2013-14 was the complete exhibition of Mitchell Johnson where he took 37 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 13.97 – Second best average in Cricket all time history.
Fidel Edwards clocked the fastest delivery of 157.7 km/h
From 1970s to 2000s the fast bowling side of west indies has completely changed and Fidel Edwards was the last fast bowler from the great west indies side after Courtney Walsh.
An impressive debut in test and ODI that spark was seen that he has the long way to go but as always the injuries problem with the fast bowlers he was the same too and ended the career way earlier due to recurrence of injuries.
Andy Roberts clocked the fastest delivery of 159.5 km/h
Former west-Indies fast bowler and one of the greatest in their history was definitely Andy Roberts. Part of two world cup winning campaign 1975 and 1979 and big reason behind the dominance of west indies team in 1970s and 1980s was Andy Roberts. In a career of 11 years he took 202 wickets in 47 tests and 87 Wickets in 56 ODIs.
Mitchell Starc clocked the fastest delivery of 160.4 km/h
The current best left-arm fast bowler in the world Cricket also makes it to this list without a doubt. Starc ability to swing the ball both ways makes him the most complete bowler of this era.
A frontline bowler of Australia in the recent few years has turned himself into the most lethal bowlers of all time. Part of the world winning campaign 2015, Starc has taken 178 wickets in 91 ODIs and 244 wickets in 57 test so far. If he remained fit he could definitely play the 2023 world Cup and may end his career near at 700 career wickets.
Jeff Thomson Clocked the fastest delivery of 160.6 km/h
If history will ever written his name will be written in the golden words. The man who has defined the art of fast bowling and destroying the attitude of batsman. If Australia was successful in 1970s and 1980s there is no doubt Jeff Thomson was the reason behind that. The man who invented the tag of fast bowling in an era off bowling friendly conditions.
Thomson took 200 wickets in 55 tests and 55 wickets in 50 ODIs. As fast bowlers are prone to injuries and Thomson was no different which was the reason of his early exit from the cricket.
Dale Steyn clocked the fast delivery of 155.7 km/h
A surprise entry into the list and not that quick delivery like others. But to be honest you can’t misses someone out like Dale Steyn in the list ot Top 10 fast bowlers of all time. Looking back in the 2000 South Africa was not the force to reckon with at all. An average side who just at the edge of cricket and completely fade away after the Hansie Cronje incident.
Then came in the Superstar of 2000 era Dale Steyn who took the responsibility on his shoulders after Shaun Pollock and co to turned the South Africa cricket prospect at international level. 439 wickets 93 tests at an average of 22.95 and 196 wickets in 125 ODIs at an average of 25.95 completely define the calibre of this right arm fast bowler from South Africa. A smooth action but ability to make batsman run for money turns the greatest bowlers of all time.
Brett Lee clocked the fastest delivery of 161.1 km/h
And the most stylish bowlers in the last two decades was Brett Lee. Part of two world winning campaign 2003 and 2007 along with many victories during the Ricky Ponting captaincy. Lee was the dangerous bowler on the fast tracks in Australia, England and South Africa where he terrorized the batsman with the quick pace.
Brett Lee along with Glenn McGrath was the reason of many batting collapsed in the 2000 era. Brett lee took 310 test and 380 ODIs wicket during his career.
Shoaib Akhtar clocked the fastest delivery of 161.3 km/h
And the number one spot is hold by Rawalpindi express Shoiab Akhtar. Part of the golden generation of era of Pakistan team of 1990s. Shoaib Akhtar alongside Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis was the most destructive bowling pairs of all time.
Shoiab Akhtar was the complete fast bowler in his era who has intimatade the batsman like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting with the sheer pace and give them a run for money. Could’ve been the greatest bowler if he had remained fit and not be the part of injuries during his career. A complete phenomenon called Shoiab Akhtar is pretty to say a career of great heights.