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Best Cricket Bowlers in the World Today

By Ravi - April 10, 2023 - Last updated on Apr 24, 2023 06:53 PM
 Best Cricket Bowlers in the World Today

Best Cricket Bowlers in the World Today

The job of a fast bowler is probably one of the toughest in the game of cricket. Fast bowlers not only need to maintain better fitness than other bowlers and batsmen, but they also need to manage their workload better. No wonder the rattle of stumps is a treat for the eyes. But who is the best bowler in the world or who is the best bowler in the world? Names like Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Starc automatically come to mind when discussing the best bowler in the world. In no particular order, here we look at who is the best bowler in the world at the moment.

Best Cricket Bowlers in the World Today

No.Player Teem
1Pat Cummins Australia
2Jasprit Bumrah India
3Trent Boult New Zealand
4Kagiso RabadaSouth Africa
5Jofra ArcherEngland
6Shaheen AfridiPakistan
7Mohammed Shami India
8Mustafizur Rahman Bangladesh

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1. Pat Cummins – Australia

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28-year-old Pat Cummins made his debut in all three formats for Australia on their tour of South Africa in 2011. But much like with most fast bowlers, Cummins could not be a regular in the team due to persistent injuries. Not until late 2017 was he a regular for Australia, and from then on he has been one of their top bowlers consistently.

In 2020, Cummins was appointed as the vice-captain of the Test team for the home series against India and has regained his role since. Not only is he the highest wicket-taker in the World Test Championship so far, he is also the ICC No. 1 bowler in Tests. In a 2015 World Cup match in Sydney, the quick-gun clocked in a 153 km/hr delivery.

The right-arm bowler has so far played 34 Tests, 69 ODIs and 30 T20Is, from which he has 164, 111 and 37 wickets respectively.

2. Jasprit Bumrah – India


After rising through the ranks from the IPL, Jasprit received his first national call-up in 2016 for India's tour of Australia. He made his debut in the fifth ODI on 23 January, taking two wickets. In the T20I series that followed the same tour, Bumrah was the highest wicket-taker. He was later named the 'discovery of the tour' by the then skipper MS Dhoni.

Since then, the 27-year-old has been a regular across all three formats and will be eyeing the upcoming World Test Championship final. Currently one of the best death bowlers in the world, Bumrah is known for his unique bowling action and release point.

So far, he has played 19 Tests, 67 ODIs and 50 T20Is, taking 83, 108 and 57 wickets respectively. In the current ICC rankings, Bumrah is fifth in the ODI list, 11th in the Test list and 26th in the T20I list.

3. Trent Boult – New Zealand


A country with a rich heritage of fast bowlers like Sir Richard Hadlee and Shane Bond, New Zealand's current pace is also one of the best in the world. Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult have done exceptionally well for the Kiwis.

Boult's ability to move the new ball both ways, with bouncers and toe-crushing yorkers, is what sets him apart. The 31-year-old took his 100th Test wicket in his 29th match and became New Zealand's top wicket-taker in 2011, just two years after his debut. He will be New Zealand's premier bowler in the World Test Championship final against India.

Boult has so far played 71 Tests, 93 ODIs and 34 T20 matches, taking 281, 169 and 46 wickets respectively. He isn't either. Currently the 1st ranked bowler in the ICC ODI T20I bowlers rankings.

4. Kagiso Rabada – South Africa


Kagiso Rabada made a name for himself when South Africa toured India in 2015, helping his side register a 3-2 win in the ODI series, which he finished as the leading wicket-taker. His effectiveness with both the new and old all, and his pin-point yorkers make him a special bowler. Four of the fastest balls in the IPL – 154.23 kmph, 153.91 kmph, 153.50 kmph and 153.45 kmph, have been bowled by the 26-year-old. In international cricket, the speedster has the best bowling strike rate among bowlers with 200+ wickets, 41.7 and is also the fastest bowler in terms of age to take 150 Test wickets at 23 years and 50 days.

He has so far played 45 Tests, 77 ODIs and 26 T20Is, picking up 202, 119 and 31 wickets, respectively. Rabada currently ranks ninth in the ICC Test bowlers rankings.

5. Jofra Archer – England


After impressing in the County Championship, and also in T20 leagues around the world, all-rounder Jofra Archer made his international debut in an ODI against Ireland in May 2019 and went on to become a regular member in the England team. His contributions helped England win the World Cup and later the Ashes series. His Test debut was also impressive, where he bagged five wickets against Australia in the ICC World Test Championship. Not only does bowl in excess of 90mph, he is also a fearsome lower-middle order batsman.

So far, he has featured in 13 Tests, 17 ODIs and 12 T20Is, taking 42, 30 and 14 wickets. With the bat, he has scored 201 international runs.

6. Shaheen Afridi – Pakistan

shaheen afridi

Once a storehouse of quality fast bowlers, Pakistan’s production of good pacers has declined in the last few years. But among the current crop of quicks, one to watch out for is young Shaheen Shah Afridi.

After impressing in the 2019 World Cup, Afridi has become a regular in the team across all three formats. His height of 6ft 6in helps him extract bounce on the docile pitches of the UAE, where Pakistan play their home games.

So far, Shaheen has played 17 Tests, 25 ODIs and as many T20Is, scalping 58, 51 and 27 wickets, respectively.

7. Mohammed Shami – India


India’s pace battery is currently one of the best in the world, and Mohammed Shami is an integral part of it. In 2019, Shami was the highest wicket-taker in ODIs with 42 wickets in 21 games. His pace – he consistently bowls at around 145kmp – and his wicket-taking ability makes him a big asset for the team.

So far in his career, Shami has played 50 Tests, 79 ODIs and 12 T20Is, picking up 180, 148 and 12 wickets respectively.

8. Mustafizur Rahman – Bangladesh


At 19 years of age, Mustafizur Rahman became the second bowler in ODI history after Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori to pick up two five-wicket hauls in his first two matches when India toured Bangladesh in 2015.

Mustafizur made his international debut in a one-off T20 match against Pakistan in 2015 and picked up two wickets. He was handed the ODI cap in the series against India that same year and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Later that year, he made his Test debut against South Africa and picked up four wickets in his first match. He is also the first player to win ‘Man of the Match’ award on both Test as well as ODI debuts. He is now one of the best pacers in the world, bamboozling batsmen with his variation of cutters.

The left-arm medium pacer has played 14 Tests, 67 ODIs and 42 T20Is, picking 30, 124 and 58 wickets respectively.

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