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Top 10 Best Cricket Bowlers of All Time12 min read

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We always cover the great sporting icons of their own sport. In this post, we will talk about the top 10 best cricket bowlers of all time.

A bowler is an influential part of the team and can win a game of cricket on his own. A great bowler can turn the game with his deadly spells and help to snatch a victory for his team. There have been great bowlers around the worth who had named themselves in the history books. Here we will try to rank the greatest cricket bowlers of all time.

 Over the years, the world of cricket has witnessed many great talents. We have seen some great batsmen, fielders. Here we will talk about the top 10 best cricket bowlers of all time.

Top 10 Best Cricket Bowlers Of All Time

10 Dennis Lillee

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Country: Australia

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Dennis Lillee was the greatest bowler of his time. He ended his bowling career with 355 wickets in test which was later broken by other great bowlers.

In his early cricketing career, he is a nightmare to opposing batsmen. His pace and accuracy are unmatchable during his era. Lillee was a deadly fast bowler with a blazing temper.

9 Curtly Ambrose

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Country: West Indies

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West Indies is well known for producing fast and fearsome bowlers and one of them was Sir Curtly Ambrose. His 6-foot-7 stature and his fast speed are enough to break any opposition lineup.

Ambrose was the most dominant bowler taking 405 wickets in just 98 test matches. His lethal pace, bounce and insane swing was devastating for any bowler. Ambrose and walsh was the best deadly duos in world cricket at their time.

8 Allan Donald

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Country: South Africa

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Allan Donald was South Africa’s most lethal bowler of all time. He was the leading bowler for South Africa His pace and toe crushing Yorkers frightened even the most skilled batsmen of his generation.

Allan Donald became the first-ever South African to take 300 wickets in a Test match.

7 Joel Garner

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Country: West Indies

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Proper Bowler said to be one who has pace, bounce, and swing and Joel Garner has everything.

Joel Garner was one of the greatest bowlers West Indies has produced. It would be difficult for any batsmen to react when Garner used to produce Bouncers.

The 6’7” standing assassin was unplayable at his time. the presence of Graner in the team was always a great boost for the West Indies team. He is known for his economical bowling. Garner took 259 wickets in 58 Tests with an economy of 20.97 which is far superior to anyone else.

6 Richard Hadlee

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Country: New Zealand

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It would not be wrong if I say Richard Hadlee was the greatest bowler New Zealand has ever produced. Hadlee was the first bowler in world cricket to achieve 400 wickets in Tests. He was the highest wicket-taker (431) in Tests when he retired which was later broken by the great Kapil Dev.

Hadlee is known for his disciplined bowling. He took 431Test wickets in just 86 matches at an average of 22.29, the stats show how impressive the bowler was during his prime.

5 Courtney Walsh

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Country: West Indies

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Courtney Walsh does not need any introduction here. Taking more than 500 wickets is not a cup of tea for everyone. He was the most impressive bowler and one of the greats in world cricket.

Walsh is well known for an exceptional opening bowling spell alongside his countrymen Curtly Ambrose for several years.  He was also the first bowler to reach 500 wickets in Test cricket.

4 Wasim Akram

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Country: Pakistan

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Wasim Akram is the most phenomenal swing bowler identified as the “King of Swing,”. His partnership with Waqar Younis is dynamic and together they have demolished a lot of batting lineups across the world. 

Akram was the star performer in the 1992 World Cup. He also won the man of the match in the 1992 World cup final. Akram was also the leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets in the tournament.

He was the first player to reach 300, 400, and 500 ODI wickets and is considered the best ODI bowler by ICC.

3 Shane Warne

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Country: Australia

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Shane Warne is one of the best spinner and the greatest bowler of all time. He was the only bowler to be featured in the Wisden Cricketers of the Century. The other four players featured in the list are Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Jack Hobbs, and Sir Vivian Richards.

Shane Warne was the only bowler other than Muralitharan to take more than 700 wickets in test matches. His miraculous ball to out Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes, termed as the “Ball of the Century,”.

Warne also holds a world record of most wickets in a calendar year(96).

2 Glenn Mcgrath

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Country: Australia

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Glenn McGrath is the greatest fast bowler Australia has ever produced. Though he does not have the pace like other bowlers accuracy is par excellence. He was one of the most economical bowlers of all time.

Mcgrath had 563 Test wickets in 124 matches with an impressive average of 21.64 including 381 ODI wickets in 250 matches. He also holds the record for most wickets in the World cup(71).

1 Muttiah Muralitharan

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Country: Sri Lanka

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Muttiah Muralitharan is the most successful bowler of all time. Nobody has dominated the bowling, the way Muralitharan has done in his cricketing career. He took a total of 1334 wickets including tests and One day international which still a world record.

Muralitharan holds the record as the highest wicket-taker in Tests (800) and ODIs (534). He is also the fastest bowler to pick up 350, 400, 450, 500, 600, and 700 Test wickets.

No doubt Muralitharan is the greatest off-spinner of all time and tops in the list of top 10 best cricket bowlers of all time.

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