Fast bowling is an art and those who have this art threaten batsmen facing them. The delivery having speed of more than 140 km/hr is considered as fast ball. The criteria to rank fast bowlers of all time is wickets that they have taken in all formats of international cricket. Let’s have a look at the list of top 10 fast bowlers of the history of Cricket.
10. Curtly Ambrose
West Indies has produced quality fast bowlers and Curtly Ambrose is one of them. He used to remain silent on the field just to concentrate on his bowling. He took 405 wickets in 98 test matches with an average of 20.99. He played in 176 one day internationals where he took 225 with an average of 24.12. He did not play any T20 so his total wickets are 630.
9. Makhaya Ntini
Makhaya Ntini is a South African fast bowler. He played in more than 100 test matches and he took 390 wickets. He also performed in 173 one day internationals where he took 266 wickets. He has taken 6 wickets in T20. So, his total number of wickets are 662 and he is ranked as number 9 in the list.
8. Kapil Dev
India has produced many quality batsmen but lacked on the part of fast bowling. The art of fast bowling was well known to Kapil Dev. He took 434 wickets in 131 test matches he played for India. He got 253 wickets in one day internationals. In total, he has taken 687 wickets which makes him number 8 bowler in the list.
7. Brett Lee
Brett Lee is no doubt a genuine fast bowler. He owns the title of Australia’s fastest bowler. He participated in 76 test matches where he took 310 wickets. In one day internationals, he took 357 wickets. He played in 21 games of T20 where he grabbed 22 wickets. His total number of wickets is 689. He can take more wickets in future and he surely will as he not finished yet.
6. Courtney Walsh
West Indies pace attack was full of aggression in those days when Courtney Walsh and Ambrose used to bowl. It was the ideal fast bowling attack that West Indies had in the history of Cricket. Walsh took 519 wickets in 132 test matches. In limited over cricket, he took 227 wickets. He has taken 746 wickets in his whole career which earns him sixth position in the list.
5. Chaminda Vaas
The full name of the fast bowler having 5th rank in this list is Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas. He represented Srilanka at international arena. He took 355 wickets in 111 test matches. He took 400 wickets in limited over cricket. He also played T20 where he managed to get 6 out of 6 matches he played. In total, he has sent 761 batsmen towards pavilion through his bowling.
4. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis used to share new ball with Wasim Akram. His in-swinging yorkers has injured a lot of batsmen. He took 373 wickets in 87 test matches. He has taken 416 wickets in 262 one day internationals. The total number of wickets taken by him is 789. He is on fourth rank in this list because this list is made on the basis of quantity. If the quality of fast bowling was taken into consideration then he would have achieved higher rank.
3. Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock is at number 3. He belongs to the family of cricketers. He played for South Africa. His father, Peter Pollock, was also a cricketer. Cricket is not limited to his father. His grandfather, Andrew Pollock, also played cricket. Shaun Pollock took 421 wickets in test cricket where as he took 393 wickets in one day internationals. He also picked 15 wickets in T20. He has taken 829 in total.
2. Wasim Akram
No one knows the art of swing more than Wasim Akram. No one can deny that he is the king of swing. He played in 104 test matches where he took 414 wickets. He took 502 wickets in 356 one day internationals. He has taken 916 wickets in his whole career which earns him second rank in this list.
1. Glenn McGrath
The most consistent fast bowler of the world is Glenn McGrath. He consistently bowled on same length and line which made batsmen to make error. He is the number one fast bowler in this list. He played in 124 test matches and took 563 wickets. In limited over cricket, he took 381 wickets. His 5 wickets in T20 makes the total of 949. So, we conclude that Glenn McGrath is the best fast bowler of the world ever played in the history of cricket.