A supreme quality fast bowling ensures there are no slim-pickings of enthralling moments in the game. With the presence of pacers on the pitch, the game picks up a dramatic pace just as their exciting pace bowling. In addition to making the game more exhilarating, the role of fast bowlers is highly imperative for a team to emerge triumphantly.
Australia portrays this fact perfectly. The team leads in terms of the most number of World Cup victories. Interestingly enough, it is also a team that has produced the most number of fastest bowlers in the world. 4 out of the top 5 fastest bowlers are Australian cricketers.
In this article, we’ll be zooming in on the top 5 fastest bowlers in the world.
5. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
He is an incredible bowler, capable of bamboozling the batsmen with his terrific bowling pace. Mitchell Starc is one of the fastest bowlers in the world. His bowling speed ranges mostly in 150+km/hr. His terrific pace and swing make him one of the leading wicket-takers of his team.
Starc’s fastest bowling ball speed is timed at 160.4 km/hr which he achieved in 2015 during a Test match against New Zealand.
4. Jeffery Thomson (Australia)
Jeffery Thomson has inspired generations of fast bowlers by his unfathomable fast bowling. He is regarded as the fastest bowler of his generation. Legendary players who have shared the international stage with him claim that his pace even surpassed his recorded highest speed. As per the claims by him and veteran players of his generation, Thomson’s bowling speed even reached the mark of 180 km/hr.
The official fastest speed recorded by speed legend is 160.6 km/hr making him one of the fastest bowlers in the world.
3. Shaun Tait (Australia)
Known as “The Wind Thing” Shaun Tait flew like a wind with a bowling pace as high as 155 km/hr. He was brutal in his bowling action and his speed posed to be troublesome for the batsmen. Although he was often labeled as an expensive bowler, his terrific bowling speed could hunt down wickets with commendable efficiency. No player except Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar has been able to surpass his pace.
The fastest speed he has ever bowled at is 161.1 km/hr which was recorded in a match against England in 2010.
2. Brett Lee (Australia)
Brett Lee was a force to be reckoned with on the field. He charged with lightning pace and his bowling speed rarely dropped below 150 km/hr. Such sort of striking pace by him kept the batsmen on tenterhooks. By virtue of his speed, Lee established himself as Australia’s most effective wicket-taking pacer.
The fastest bowling speed registered by the speedster stands at 161.1 km/hr, which he bowled out in the match against New Zealand in 2005. Lee is recognized as the best fastest bowler in the world present.
1. Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)
The fastest bowler ever produced by Pakistan. Shoaib Akhtar entered the world of cricket as a pacer. He took inspiration from the legendary bowlers with the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Eventually, he took his fast bowling to such a level that he became the face of the most intimidating pacer who aroused anxiousness even in the most destructive batsmen. His super-sonic bowling speed garnered him the nickname “Rawalpindi Express” (as Shoaib had his roots in Rawalpindi).
Shoaib’s fastest bowling ball speed recorded is 161.3 km/hr (100.23 mph). He bowled out the record-breaking delivery on 22 February 2003 in the World Cup knockout against England. His record remains unscathed to date. Shoaib is the fastest bowler in the world in the entire history of cricket.