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Top 25 fastest bowler in the world across all formats: Complete list of fastest bowler in cricket history

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Spectacular Starc is in sublime form (Credits: Cricket Australia)

Who said the game of cricket has been transfigured in a manner where bowling has taken a backseat? The shift in the shorter format has made cricket fast. Everyone loves speed and these 10 bowlers are the epitome of the same. On that note, let us glance through the list of the top 25 fastest bowlers in the world.

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1List of Top 25 Fastest Bowler in the World

S.N Player Team Fastest Bowler in the world
1 Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan 161.3
2 Brett Lee Australia 161.1
3 Shaun Tait Australia 161.1
4 Jeff Thomson Australia 160.6
5 Mitchell Starc Australia 160.4
6 Andy Roberts West Indies 159.5
7 Fidel Edwards West Indies 157.7
8 Mitchell Johnson Australia 156.8
9 Mohammad Sami Pakistan 156.4
10 Shane Bond New Zealand 156.4
11 Nantie Hayward South Africa 154.4
12 Jason Gillespie Australia 153.9
13 Waqar Younis Pakistan 153
14 Allan Donald South Africa 152.9
15 Makhaya Ntini South Africa 151.4
16 Javagal Srinath India 149.6
17 Chris Silverwood England 149.6
18 Roger Telemachus South Africa 148.3
19 Mfuneko Ngam South Africa 148.3
20 Jacques Kallis South Africa 147.6
21 Mfuneko Ngam South Africa 147.5
22 Dilhara Fernando Sri Lanka 147.5
23 Abdur Razzaq Pakistan 147.2
24 Dean Headley England 147
25 Geoff Allott New Zealand 146.8

2Shane Bond – 156.4 km/hr

(Sportz Wiki)

Shane Edward Bond is considered New Zealand’s all-time best bowler. Due to his name, he was often called James Bond, Bondy, and 007. In his prime, Bond was considered the most dangerous bowler. He pitched his fastest delivery of 156.4 km/hr during the ICC 2003 World Cup.

Bond has picked 147 ODI wickets and 87 test wickets for the Kiwis. Post-retirement, he took up the role of the bowling coach of the Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians.

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3Fastest Bowler in the World: Mohammad Sami – 156.4 km/hr

(AFP)

Once upon a time, Pakistan was one of the best bowling units in World Cricket. While they no longer hold the right to that title, the Men in Green are still producing decent-pace bowlers. One of them is Mohammad Shami. Shami bowled his fastest delivery of 156.4 km/hr in an ODI match against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in April 2003.

Known for his swing and pace, Shami put his name in history books as the only bowler to have a hattrick in three formats of cricket.

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4Mitchell Johnson – 156.8 km/hr

(Getty Images)

Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson is our next name on the list of fastest bowlers in the world. Johnson bowled with a pace of 156.8 km/hr against England in December 2013, during the 3rd day of the 4th Ashes Test at the MCG.

In his ten years long career for the Aussies, the left-arm pacer picked 313 test and 239 ODI wickets. Johnson was also facilitated by the ICC with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (2009); Cricketer of the Year (2014) and the Test Player of the Year (2014).

5Fastest Bowler in the World: Fidel Edwards – 157.7 km/hr

(Cric Tracker)

Fidel Henderson Edwards has been a key bowler for the West Indies since 2003. He was spotted by West Indies legend Brain Lara in nets. Within days of his national call-up, Fidel bowled his fastest delivery of 57.7 km/hr against South Africa in 2003.

Fidel, who continues to ply his trade with the Birmingham Bears, has picked 165 test wickets and 60 ODI wickets till 2020 and took 165 wickets in Test cricket and 60 wickets in ODIs as of 2019. Fidel has also played for IPL sides Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals.

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6Fastest Bowler in the World: Andy Roberts – 159.5 km/hr

(ESPN CricInfo)

Sir Andy Roberts is the second West Indian Fast Bowler to make our list of fastest bowlers in the world. He bowled his fastest-ever ball at 159.5 km/hr against Australia in Perth, 1975. He was nicknamed the ‘Jaw Breaker’ due to his mean, too quick, too deadly style of bowling.

Sir Andy Roberts was a man of achievements! He was the 1st player from Antigua to ever make the West Indies squad. He has picked 7 wickets in an innings, not once but twice. One of the best test cricket bowlers produced in the Caribbean, Roberts also has two ten-wicket hauls in tests.

7Mitchell Starc – 160.4 km/hr

Spectacular Starc is in sublime form (Credits: Cricket Australia)

Australian bowler Mitchell Starc clocked his fastest delivery of 160.4 km/hr against New Zealand’s Ross Taylor in 2015. The young fiery, from New South Wales, sits in fifth place when it comes to the list of fastest bowlers in the world. One of the most feared bowlers of the game, he has dominated international opposition for Australia.

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8Jeff Thomson – 160.6 km/hr

(Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

Former Australian pacer Jeffrey Robert Thomson was considered the fastest bowler of his era. His fastest ball- 160.6 km/hr came against the West Indies in Perth, 1975. Thompson has picked 200 test wickets and 55 ODI wickets between 1972 and 1985.

Along with Dennis Lillee, Thompson became one of the most feared attacks in the test cricket era of the 1970s and 1980s. The Australian Cricket Board inducted Thomson into their Hall of fame in January 2016.

9Shaun Tait – 161.1 km/hr

(abc.net.au)

Shaun Tait is the next name on our list of fastest bowlers in the world. He dominated over batting lineups for 11 years between 2005 and 2016. Tait’s fastest-ever ball came against England when he clocked 161.1 km/hr. Known predominantly as an ODI bowler, Tait picked 62 wickets for Australia in ODIs.

He has also played T20 International matches. Domestically, Tait has played for several teams like the Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Hobart Hurricanes, Adelaide Strikers, and the Melbourne Renegades. The lanky tall Australian retired from all forms of cricket in March 2017.

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10Brett Lee – 161.1 km/hr

Credits: iiNet

Brett Lee is, without doubt, Australia’s best bowler and among the top three in the world.  The Australian was feared for his pace and his fastest delivery of 161.1 km/hr against New Zealand, in 2005. He has an amazing career record of 310 test wickets, 280 ODI wickets, and 487 First-Class cricket.

Brett Lee was among the top reasons why Australia dominated cricket from the late 1990s to 2010. He was instrumental in Australia’s World Cup domination in 1999, 2003, and then again in 2007.

11Fastest ball in cricket history: Shoaib Akhtar – 161.3 km/hr

(Herald Magazine-Dawn)

Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar is officially the fastest bowler in the world. Known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, Akhtar set a world record by bowling the fastest delivery of 161.3 km/hr against England in the 2003 ICC World Cup.

While modern-day bowlers struggle to hit 150 km/hr, Akhtar has crossed the 160 km/hr marker, not once but twice in his career. However, there have been allegations that the bowler used unfair means, including doping, to achieve the feat.

Akhtar finished his 14-year career in 2011 with 178 test wickets and 247 wickets in ODIs. It is not shocking that most of the bowlers on the list are from Australia, the West Indies, and Pakistan. The three teams have had dominant bowling attacks for most of cricket history.

12FAQ

Who is the Yorker king in the world?

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga is regarded as the yorker king in the world. Sri Lankan’s Yorkers are among the best in the international game. Lasith Malinga took a lot of wickets in all formats of the game. Malinga helped the Sri Lanka team to win multiple trophies over the years before eventually retiring in 2020.

Who is the world’s best wicketkeeper?

Adam Gilchrist is considered one of the greatest batsmen and wicketkeepers in the history of cricket. He holds the record of most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in One Day Internationals. In ODI, he had 472 dismissals with 417 catches and 55 stumps.


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