Who are the best fast bowlers of all time?

Fast bowling is not just about pace but it also requires variations, accuracy and the ability to outwit the batsmen ball-after-ball.

Who do you think are the best bad boys of cricket?


S. Sreesanth (India) & Andre Nel (S.A.)


Mohammad Asif, a brilliant swing bowler. The man who could make a cricket ball move in either directions even in the most unfavourable conditions… In 2010, Asif was ranked second leading Test bowler, just behind Dale Steyn.

In 2006, Asif was involved in controversy after he tested positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolone leading to the imposition of a ban which was later overturned on appeal. In August 2010 he was accused by the News of the World of deliberately bowling no-balls in return for payment from a betting syndicate.

In November 2011, Asif was convicted, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, of conspiracy charges relating to spot-fixing. On 3 November 2011, Asif was given a one-year prison sentence for his role in the scandal.

One of the most Intelligent Bowler of his era fell to the whims of a stupid Book maker …

Asif Greatest Over of His Career - Magical Seam Bowling


Dale Steyn



Curtly Embrose, Can walk rightfully in to the anybodies All time XI. Spearheaded WI in it’s waning years. If only WI had a bit better batting unit at that time, This man would have made WI unbeatable! He was equally effective in Tests & ODIs.

THAT STARE! No theatrics of current lot can scare batters as much as his stare! :muscle:


Australian Dennis Lillee is the greatest fast bowler in the 70s and early 80s and among the best of all time. He was extraordinarily fast and even on flat wickets was a batsman’s nightmare. He was the first bowler to take 350 Test wickets.

Lillee was known for his fiery temperament, ‚Äėnever-say-die‚Äô attitude and popularity with the fans.

From the Vault: Lillee‚Äôs famous spell to ‚Äúnervous‚ÄĚ Viv
Take a closer look at Dennis Lille’s memorable spell late on the first day of the 1981 Boxing Day Test - and wait for Richie Benaud’s superb analysis at the end

Dennis Lillee Destroys England


Pakistan’s deadliest fast bowlers -

  • Imran Khan - Inspired a generation of Pakistanis like Wasim Akram, Waqar, Shoaib and more to take up fast bowling. He was a natural swinger of the ball and in his later years even mastered reverse swing. He picked up 361 test wickets at an average of 22.8.

  • Wasim Akram - He is Pakistan‚Äôs leading wicket taker in tests with 415 at 23.62. He was known to use swingers, Yorkers, in dippers, bouncers and field placing.

  • Waqar Younis - He was the king of the inswinging Yorker ( the toe crusher). He took 373 wickets at 23.56.

  • Shoaib Akhtar - He is the 1st bowler to break 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier in international cricket. He was fast, intimidating and controversial. Injuries cut short his career but he still finished taking 178 wickets at 25.69.

Top 5 Fastest Deliveries


Best Indian Fast Bowlers:

  1. Kapil Dev - Haryana Hurricane is the best seamer - No. 1 swinger

  2. Zaheer Khan - 2nd most successful Indian pace bowler in Test cricket, after Kapil Dev.

  3. Javagal Srinath - Mysore Express - He led the Indian fast bowling attack after Kapil Dev. First Indian fast bowler to take more than 300 wickets in ODI.

  4. Jasprit Bumrah - My favourite bowler. Master of Yorkers - Best among fast bowlers

  5. Mohammad Shami - Stunning Yorkers and best death bowler

  6. Other remarkable fast bowlers - Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma


One of my favorite fast bowlers - Brett Lee. He bowled his fastest delivery of 161.1 km/h against New Zealand at Napier in 2005. He was 2nd fastest in cricket record, sharing the record with Shaun Tait.

He has an amazing career record of 310 test wickets, 280 ODI wickets, and 487 First-Class cricket.