The 11 Fiercest & Fastest Bowlers of All Time in Cricket



The world so far has seen some ferocious bowlers when it comes to cricket. They are every nation’s pride and every batsman’s nightmare. Their bowling speed can give the fastest vehicles a run for their money. Breaking records is just the usual stuff for them. Today, let us take a look at some of these feisty men. So, here’s presenting the 11 fiercest and fastest bowlers in cricket history.

11. Lasith Malinga Bowling Speed – 155.7 Km/h, 96.7 m/h

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Starting off the list is Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga. Although Lasith and the person on the 10th spot on this list have the same bowling speed, it is the number of wickets taken has given him the 11th spot instead of 10th. Lasith has played in 30 tests and 188 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and has taken 101 and 287 wickets in them respectively. He has bowled 5209 and 9083 balls in tests and ODIs respectively. He has taken 5 wickets in an innings in 3 tests and 10 ODIs.

10. Dale Steyn Bowling Speed – 155.7 Km/h, 96.7 m/h

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With the same bowling speed as that of Lasith Malinga, but by taking more wickets, the 10th position on our list of the 11 fiercest and greatest bowlers in cricket comes South African cricketer Dale Steyn. Having played in 80 tests and 112 ODIs, he has taken 402 and 175 wickets in them respectively. HE has taken 5 wickets in an innings in 25 tests and 3 tests, and 10 wickets in an innings in 5 test matches. He has bowled 16716 and 5603 balls in tests and ODIs respectively.

9. Shane Bond Bowling Speed – 156.2 Km/h, 97.0 m/h

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Coming in at number 9 is New Zealand cricketer Shane Bond. He has played in 18 test matches and 82 ODIs and has taken 87 and 147 wickets in them respectively. He has bowled 3372 and 4295 balls in tests and ODIs respectively. Bond has taken 5 wickets in an innings in 5 tests and 4 ODIs and 10 wickets in an innings in 1 test match.

8. Mohammad Sami Bowling Speed – 156.4 Km/h, 97.1 m/h

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Grabbing the 8th spot on our list of 11 fiercest and fastest bowlers ever in cricket is Pakistani cricketer Muhammad Sami. He has played in 36 test matches and 87 ODIs and has taken 85 and 121 wickets in them respectively. Sami has taken 5 wickets in an innings in 2 tests and 1 ODI. He has bowled 7499 and 4284 balls in tests and ODIs respectively.

7. Mitchell Johnson Bowling Speed – 156.8 Km/h, 97.4 m/h

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Next up at number 7 is Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson, who has played in 70 tests and 152 ODIs, and has taken 306 and 236 wickets in them respectively. Mitchell has taken 5 wickets in an innings in 12 tests and 3 ODIs and 10 wickets in an innings in 3 test matches. He has bowled 15409 and 7066 balls in tests and ODIs respectively.

6. Fidel Henderson EdwardsBowling Speed – 157.7 Km/h, 97.9 m/h

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Breaking into top 6 is West Indian cricketer Fidel Henderson Edwards, who has played in 55 tests and 50 ODIs. Fidel has taken 165 and 60 wickets in them respectively. He has bowled 9602 and 2138 balls in tests and ODIs respectively. He is also credited for taking 5 wickets in an innings in 12 test matches and 2 ODIs.



5. Andy Roberts Bowling Speed – 159.5 Km/h, 99.1 m/h

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Grabbing the 5th spot on our list of fastest bowlers in history of cricket is Antiguan and West Indian cricketer Andy Roberts. He has played in 47 test matches and 56 ODIs and has taken 202 and 87 wickets in them respectively. Sami has taken 5 wickets in an innings in 11 tests and 1 ODI. Andy has also taken 10 wickets in an innings in 2 test matches. He has bowled 11135 and 3123 balls in tests and ODIs respectively.

4. Jeffrey Robert Thomson Bowling Speed – 160.4 Km/h, 99.6 m/h

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Next up at number 4 is Australian cricketer Jeffrey Robert Thomson, who has played in 51 tests and 50 ODIs, and has taken 200 and 55 wickets in them respectively. He has bowled 10535 and 2696 balls in tests and ODIs respectively. Mitchell has taken 5 wickets in an innings in 8 test matches.

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3. Brett Lee Bowling Speed – 160.8 Km/h, 99.9 m/h

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Breaking into top 3 on our list of 11 best fastest bowler in cricket is Australian cricketer Brett Lee, who has played in 76 tests and 221 ODIs. Brett has taken 310 and 380 wickets in them respectively. He has bowled 16531 and 11185 balls in tests and ODIs respectively. He is also credited for taking 5 wickets in an innings in 10 test matches and 9 ODIs.

2. Shaun Tait Bowling Speed – 161.1 Km/h, 100.1 m/h

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The 2nd spot goes to Australian cricketer Shaun Tait. He has taken 5 wickets in test matches and 73 wickets in ODIs, and has so far played in 3 test matches and 35 ODIs. He has bowled 414 and 1724 balls in tests and ODIs respectively. The relatively new among everyone on this list, Shaun has already left his mark in cricket and has shown everyone that he is one tough fella to watch out for.

1. Shoaib Akhtar Bowling Speed – 161.3 Km/h, 100.2 m/h

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Ultimately, the fiercest and the fastest bowler of all time in cricket is none other than Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. He has played in 46 test matches and 163 ODIs, and has taken 178 and 247 wickets in them respectively. He has also taken 5 wickets in an innings in 12 tests and 4 ODIs, and 10 wickets in 2 test matches. He has bowled 8143 and 7764 balls in tests and ODIs respectively. His fast pace bowling earned him the nickname of “Rawalpindi Express”, denoting the place of his hometown.