Top 5 Fastest Bowler in the World of Cricket!

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Cricket is a beautiful game. It is entertaining to play and even more fun to watch. Cricket is a game between two teams each consisting of 11 members. Cricket has a long history and cricket was born in 16th century. International matches of cricket started from 1844.  Test cricket began since 1877. Cricket started in the world in South- East England. The game of cricket came from England and became the national sport in 18th century. Cricket developed globally then in 18th and 19th century. Here in this article we will be talking about fastest bowler in the world of cricket who created history.

Bowlers always have a crucial part in the game. But their heroics are often unsung just like goalkeepers in football. There are mainly two types of bowlers, Pace bowlers and Spin bowlers. Pace bowlers are of following types:

a. Right-arm fast : In this method of bowling, the ball is bowled with right arms at fast speed.

b. Right- arm medium fast : In this method of bowling, the ball is bowled with right arms at medium fast speed.

c. Left-arm fast : In this method of bowling, the ball is bowled with left arms at fast speed.

d. Left-arm medium fast : In this method of bowling, the ball is bowled with left arms at medium fast speed.

Spin bowlers are of following types:

a. Off break : It is a technique in which the ball is spinned with right arms fingers. The bowlers spin the ball from batsman’s off side to leg side. Bowlers performing this are known as off spinner.

b. Leg break: It is a technique in which the ball is spinned with right arms wrist. The bowlers spin the ball from batsman’s leg side to off side. Bowlers performing this are known as leg spinner.

c. Slow left-arm orthodox: : It is a technique in which the ball is spinned with left arms fingers. The bowlers spin the ball from batsman’s off side to leg side.

d. Slow left-arm chinaman: It is a type in which ball is spinned using left arm having the wrist action from right to left.

Let’s start our Epic Top 5 Countdown of Fastest Bowler in the World of Cricket!

5. Andy Roberts

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The West Indies bowler Andy Roberts is the fifth fastest bowler in the world of cricket. His full name is Sir Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts.The fifth fastest ball ever recorded had a speed of 159.5 km/h which is 99.11 mph.. The ball was bowled in the match against Australia in WACA. He was born in January 29, 1951. His nationality is NewZealand. He is a right arm fast bowler with the good height of 6ft 2 inches. He played test cricket for West Indies and took 7 wickets twice in a test innings. He played a total of 47 test matches and 56 ODI matches. Andy roberts took 202 wickets in test match and 87 wickets in ODI matches. He had a brilliant economy of 2.91 in test matches and 3.41 in ODI matches.

4. Jeffrey Thompson

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The Australian bowler Jeffrey Thompson is the fourth fastest bowler in the world of cricket. The fourth fastest ball ever recorded had a speed of 160.6 km/h. The ball was bowled in the match at WACA ground in 1976. He was born on August 16, 1950 in  Greenacre, Sydney, New South Wales. He was a right arm fast bowler. He played a total of 51 test matches and 50 ODi matches. Jeffrey Thomson took 200 wickets in test matches and 55 wickets in ODI matches. He had a great economy of 3.53 in test matches and 4.34 in ODI matches.

3. Shaun Tait

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The another Australian bowler Shaun Tait is the third fastest bowler in the world of cricket. The third fastest ball ever recorded had a speed of 161.1 km/h. The ball was bowled in the match against England at 2010 in Lord’s ground.

Shaun Tait was born on Australia in February 22, 1983 at Bedford Park, Adelaide, South Australia. He is a tall bowler with the height of 1.93 m. He is a right arm fast bowler. He played a total of 3 test matches, 35 ODIs, 21 T20I and 21 IPL matches. He took 5 wickets in test matches with economy of 4.38. He took 62 wickets in ODI with economy of 5.19. He took 28 wickets in T20I with the economy of 7.39. And took 23 wickets in IPl with the economy of 8.12.

2. Bret Lee

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The another Australian bowler Bret Lee is the second fastest bowler in the world of cricket. The third fastest ball ever recorded had a speed of 161.1 km/h. The ball was bowled in the match against New Zealand at 2005 in Napier ground.

Brett Lee was born on November 08, 1976  in Wollongong, New South Wales. He is a right arm fast bowler with height of 1.87 m. He played a total of 76 test matches, 221 ODI matches, 25 T20I and 38 IPL matches. He took a total wickets of 31o in test matches with an economy of 3.47. He took a total wickets of 380 in ODI matches with an economy of 4.76. He took total wickets of 28 wickets in T20I with an average economy of 7.86. And in IPL he took 38 wickets with an economy of 7.51.

1. Shoaib Akhtar

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Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan is the fastest bowler in the world of cricket ever recorded in the history of cricket. The fastest ball in the history ever recorded had a speed of 161.3 km/h. The ball was bowled in the match against England at 2003 in Newlands ground.

Shoaib Akhtar was born on August 13, 1975 in Rawalpindi, Punjab. He was a right arm fast bowler with the height of 6 feet. He played a total of 46 test matches with an economy of 3.37 and took 178 wickets. He played a total of 163 ODI matches with an economy of 4.77 and took 247 wickets. He played a total of 15 T20I matches with an economy of 8.15 and took 19 wickets. He played a total of 3 IPL matches with an economy of 7.71 and took 5 wickets.

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