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This post is all about the greatest and today we talk about the top 10 greatest fast bowlers of all time. We will look at the top 10 greatest fast bowlers of all time to ever grace the cricket world.

Fast bowlers are the core elements of any cricket team. They can make a huge difference on any particular day for the team.  

A great bowler can win you the game of cricket almost single-handedly. A great day for a bowler can easily make the team win in any part of the world.
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A great fast bowler is a boon for any team in the world. We all know fast bowling is not an easy task to perform on the other side the fast bowlers are also prone to injuries. But there are some legendary bowlers over the years who have maintained their fitness and came out as a legend of the game.

Let’s check out some of the top 10 greatest fast bowlers of all time.

Top 10 Greatest Fast Bowlers of All Time

10 Dale Steyn

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When you talk about swing, pace, and rhythm you have to talk about Dale Steyn. He is number 10 in the list of best fast bowlers of all time.

Steyn is one of the best fast bowlers of his generation. After the era of Allan Donald, it was Steyn who led the fast attack of the South African team all over the world. It is remarkable to see the achievements of Dale Steyn over the years.

There are only a few bowlers around the world who can distract any batsmen with both pace and swing and Steyn is one of them. Getting 400th test wickets in just 80 matches shows the caliber of the modern great. The best part is that he is equally effective in home and away fixtures.

ODIs Stats– 125 matches, 196 Wickets, 25.95 average, 4.87 Economy

Tests Stats– 93 matches, 439 wickets, 22.95 average, 3.24 Economy

9 Waqar Younis

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Waqar Younis was one of the greatest fast bowlers Pakistan has ever produced. He is one of the best swingers on the ball. He is well known for his capability of reverse swing. His toe-crushing yorkers are the nightmare for any batting lineup around the world.

His pairing with the great Wasim Akram said to be the most fearsome duo in the history of the game.

The former Pakistan legend has more fifers than anyone in the history of the game. Waqar Younis also holds the record for the best bowling figures as a captain in an ODI(7/36) and was also the first captain to take a 7 wicket haul in an ODI inning.

ODIs Stats: 262 matches, 416 wickets, 23.84 average, 4.68 economy

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Tests Stats: 87 matches, 373 wickets, 23.56 average, 3.25 economy

8 Courtney Walsh

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Courtney Walsh does not need any introduction in this list. Taking 500 test match wickets is not a joke and he is the first bowler to achieve this feat in the history of test cricket.

His partnership with Curtly Ambrose is well known and both are phenomenal for West Indian cricket.

ODIs Stats: 205 matches, 227 wickets, 30.48 average, 3.84 economy

Tests Stats: 132 matches, 519 wickets, 24.45 average, 2.54 economy

7 Curtly Ambrose

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Curtly Ambrose is well known for his fearsome and economical bowling throughout his career. He took 405 wickets in 98 matches that he has played with West Indies. His economy of 2.31 is one of the best in the history of test cricket.

Ambrose has just extended the legacy which was left behind by the former West Indies bowlers. His great partnership with Walsh is one of the most destructive sights for any opposing batsmen.

He has always been a commanding bowler for his team who can change the fortune of the game with his spells. An average of 20.99 and an economy of 2.30 just prove the player’s caliber. He is just unplayable for any batsmen.

ODIs Stats– 176 matches, 225 wickets, 24.12 average, 3.48 Economy

Tests Stats– 98 matches, 405 Wickets, 20.99 average, 2.30 Economy

6 Glenn Mcgrath

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It would not be wrong to say that McGrath was a backbone for the Australian team in the 90s. His 563 Test wickets in 124 matches are the most by any fast bowler which was later broken by James Anderson. He also holds the record of most World Cup wickets than any other player in the history of the game.

He is the most accurate bowler in the game. The line and the length of this bowler is unmatchable in the cricket world.

He mostly relies on his length and swinging deliveries rather than focusing on pace.

Glen McGrath is unquestionably one of the greatest bowlers Australia has ever produced. He also had a total of 381 wickets in 250 matches that too with an average of 22.02.

ODIs Stats– 250 matches, 381 wickets, 22.02 average, 3.88 Economy

Tests Stats– 124 matches, 563 Wickets, 21.64 average, 2.5 Economy

5 Dennis Lillee

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Lillee was known for his aggressive style and he is one of the most ruthless fast bowlers the world has ever seen. In a total of 70 matches, he took 355 Test wickets which was a record during his time. Facing Lillee at his prime always been difficult for any batsmen around the world.

He has known for his fearsome pace which was dreadful for any batsmen to face. Many great bowlers around the world knew him as the one who set up the pioneer of fast bowling in the Cricketing world.

He was the first bowler to surpass the barrier of 350 wickets in test cricket.

ODIs Stats – 63 matches, 103 wickets, 20.82 average, 3.58 Economy

Tests Stats– 70 matches, 355 wickets, 23.92 average, 3.58 Economy

4 Richard Hadlee

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Hadlee was the record-breaker bowler of his time. He broke the record of Lillee which was stood for so many years. In his career, he became the first bowler to pass the 400 Test wickets mark. The New Zealand international took the wickets with an impressive average of 22.29 which was quite impressive during his time.

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He was one of the greatest bowlers New Zealand has ever produced. Hadlee was well known for his swing and accuracy throughout his career. He took a total of 431 wickets in 86 matches that he had played..

ODIs Stats– 115 matches, 158 wickets, 21.56 average, 3.30 Economy

Tests Stats– 86 matches, 431 wickets, 22.29 average, 2.63 Economy

3 Malcolm Marshall

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Marshall aggression is well known in the history of the game. If you talk about aggression and fiery bouncer you have to talk about the West Indies legend Malcolm Marshall. A total of 376 wickets with an economy of 2.68 is just insane.

The dominance of West Indian Cricket during the 70s and 80s is mainly due to their top-class bowling and fearsome batting. Malcolm Marshall was leading the pace attack during his time which was extended by some great bowlers like Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose, and Courtney Walsh.

His ability to swing the bowl and his fiery bouncers always difficult to deal with for any batsmen.

ODIs Stats– 136 matches, 157 Wickets, 26.96 average, 3.53 Economy

Tests Stats– 81 matches, 376 Wickets, 20.94 average, 2.68 Economy

2 Sydney Barnes

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The English legend is number 2 in the list of best fast bowlers of all time. His contribution to the game is unmatchable and never be repeated again in the game. The most unique stats of his career is phenomenal average which cant be repeated again in cricket. He had played a total of 27 Test matches in which he took 189 wickets with an astonishing average of 16.43.

Fast bowling is incomplete without mentioning the name of Sydney Barnes. He had made a test debut on 13 December 1901 against Australia. His unbreakable average still stands tall and strong and may never be broken again.

Tests Stats– 27 matches, 189 Wickets, 16.43 average, 2.37 Economy

1 Wasim Akram

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Wasim Akram tops the list and rated as one of the best fast bowlers the world has ever seen. He was known as the “King of Swing”. During his career, he took a total of 414 Test wickets and 502 ODI wickets. His stats show the dominance of his bowling across formats.
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Wasim Akram rated as the greatest bowler of all time. The influence of this man on the cricketing pitch is just unmatchable. He is known for his reverse swing and toe-crushing swinging yorkers.

He was a part of the world cup winning team in 1992 and also adjudged the Man of the Match for his all-around performance of 3/49 and 33 of 18.

The world of cricket may never witness a bowler like Wasim Akram again. His capability of swinging the ball in both ways and his lethal Yorkers are just impossible to face.

ODIs Stats– 356 matches, 502 Wickets, 23.52 average, 3.9 Economy

Tests Stats– 104 matches, 414 wickets, 23.62 average, 2.59 Economy

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Top 10 Richest Cricketers In The World 2021

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In this article, we will talk about the top 10 richest cricketers in the world in 2021.

Cricket is one of the most well-known sports in the world. The global popularity of the games brings plenty of money with advertisements, promotions, and different T20 leagues carried around the world. Tournaments such as the Big Bash League (BBL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) generate enormous revenues for the sponsors.

cricketers have a huge fan base around the world. Due to their immense popularity, they made a large sum of money with their profession. Today we will talk about the top 10 richest cricketers in the world in 2021.

In this article, we will check out in a detailed manner which cricketers in the world are making the most money in 2021.

Let’s check out the top 10 richest cricketers in the world in 2021.

Top 10 Richest Cricketers In The World 2021

10 Shane Watson (35 Million)

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Shane Watson is a former Australian all-rounder known for his explosive batting. He was the world No. 1 T20I all-rounder for 150 weeks. He is also named as one of the finest all-rounders the world has ever seen.

Watson holds numerous records in all formats of the game. Forbes claimed Watson as one of the highest-paid non-Indian cricketers in the world for five consecutive years between 2011 and 2015.

He is regarded as one of the most prominent white-ball players in the modern era. He also won the Player of the Series in a number of important tournaments. At the later stages of his IPL career in 2018, he was signed by Chennai Super Kings.

Watson has bought many luxury cars and homes in Australia. The total net worth of Shane Watson estimated around 35 million in 2021.

9 Yuvraj Singh (35 Million)

Yuvraj Singh is a former Indian cricketer and one of the best all-rounder in the cricketing world. Yuvraj was known for his stroke play and his fielding abilities.

At the 2014 and 2015 IPL auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils bought Yuvraj for a very high price tag of 14 crores and 16 crores respectively, making him the most valuable player in the history f IPL. However this year Chris Morris broke the record when Rajasthan Royals bought him for 16.25 crore in February 2021.

He has signed by big brands like Pepsi, Reebok, Birla Sun Life, Royal Mega Stag, Laureus & Benz, Whirlpool, Cadbury, Revital, Puma, LG, and a lot more.

Yuvraj has a wide selection of cars which includes Audi Q5, BMW 3 Series, and Bentley Continental. The total net worth of Yuvraj Singh is estimated around 35 million in 2021.

8 Jacques Kallis (35 Million)

Kallis is widely known as one of the greatest players and best all-rounder in the history of the game. He is one of the greatest players South Africa has ever produced. Kallis was designated as the Leading Cricketer in the World in 2008.

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He is also the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket. He gained most of his money from his professional cricket career.

After his retirement, most of his earning came from coaching roles for different teams around the world. The net worth of Jacques Kallis is estimated at around 35 million in 2021.

7 Virender Sehwag (40 Million)

Virender Sehwag is the most explosive batsman in cricket history. There is no better opener in the game other than Sehwag. He is regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time.

Sehwag became the first Indian batsman to be acknowledged as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his outstanding performance in 2008. He is one of the four batsmen around the world to surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket.

Sehwag currently endorses major brands like Adidas, Boost, Samsung Mobiles, Reebok, Hero Honda, and many more. The total net worth of Virender Sehwag estimated at around 40 million in 2021.

6 Shane Warne (50 Million)

Shane Warne is a former Australian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in cricket history. Warne’s 708 Test wickets was a world record that was later broken by the Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on 3 December 2007.

He was also named as a bowler in Australia’s “greatest ever ODI team”. In 2013, Warne was drafted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. 

He has endorsed some big brands like Pepsi, and McDonald’s. The net worth of Shane Warne is estimated at around 50 million in 2021.

5 Brian Lara (60 Million)

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Brian Lara is widely recognized as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He holds several cricket records and topped the test batting rankings numerous times.

Lara had the highest individual score in test innings(400) which he achieved against England at Antigua in 2004.

He had a long association with the Tyre company MRF. He also endorsed some brands and has a net worth of $60 million in 2021.

4 Ricky Ponting (65 Million)

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Ricky Ponting is rated one of the most successful captains in international cricket history, and one of the most astonishing batsmen the world has ever seen.

He was named “Cricketer of the Decade 2000”. He is known as the best batsman of the modern era, alongside some of the great players like Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.

In July 2018, he was enlisted into the ICC Hall of Fame. The interesting fact is that Ponting is the only captain after Clive Lloyd to lead his team to win two consecutive ICC World Cups in 2003 and 2007.

He has been a part of many brands like Valvoline, Adidas, Rexona, and a lot more. The net worth of Ricky Ponting is estimated at around 65 million in 2021.

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3 Virat Kohli (92 Million)

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Virat Kohli is currently the most complete batsman of the modern era. There is no one who has achieved as much as Virat Kohli in the last 10 years.

He holds the world record for being the fastest batsman to 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000, and 12,000 runs in ODI cricket.

Kohli is listed as one of the world’s most popular athletes by ESPN and one of the most marketable athletes by Forbes.  Kohli receives a huge amount of money from his brands like Puma, Audi, MRF, Colgate-Palmolive, Tissot. He also has his own fashion brand named WROGN.

Virat total net worth is estimated around 92 million in 2021.

2 MS Dhoni (111 Million)

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MS Dhoni is widely admired as one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen and captains in the history of the game. The cricket world has never seen a better finisher than him in history. He was also the first wicket-keeper to achieve 100 stumpings in ODI cricket.

Dhoni became the first captain in history to win all three ICC tournaments which include World Cup, Champions Trophy, and Twenty20 world cup. Time magazine added Dhoni to the top 100 lists as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.”

SportsPro also ranked Dhoni as the sixteenth most commercial athlete in the world. Dhoni has endorsed a lot of big brands like Reebok, TVS Motors, Red Bus, Sony Bravia, Lays, Snickers, GoDaddy, Orient, Gulf Oil, and a lot more.

The net worth of MS Dhoni is estimated at around 111 million in 2021.

1 Sachin Tendulkar (150 Million)

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Sachin Tendulkar is considered the greatest player of all time in the history of cricket. He is also the highest run-scorer in international cricket. He is the only cricket player to achieve more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.

In 2019, Tendulkar was drafted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He endorses global brands like Phillips, Britannia, VISA, BMW, Pepsi, Luminous, Adidas, Canon, Castrol, etc. 

He had also a long association with the tyre company MRF. The total net worth of Sachin Tendulkar is estimated around 150 million in 2021.

Who is richer Dhoni or Kohli?

MS Dhoni is richer than Virat Kohli. There is no denying the fact Virat Kohli is the highest-paid cricketer in the world however his net worth is at $92 Million. Whereas, Dhoni had a net worth of $111 Million.

What is Virat Kohli net worth?

Virat Kohli Net Worth is $92 Million. Virat Kohli is one of the highest-paid Indian cricketer.

Is Kohli a billionaire?

Virat Kohli is not a billionaire. His total net worth is estimated around 92 million in 2021.

Who is the richest cricketer in the world?

Sachin Tendulkar is the richest cricketer in the world, with a total net worth of 150 million.

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Top 10 off Spinners of All Time

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World cricket has seen some of the best spinners over the years. In this post, we will talk about the top 10 best off-spinners of all time.

Cricket is the most famous sport after Football. The game has become one of the most widespread sports around the world. The world of cricket has seen some of the best bowlers of all time. Today we will talk about the top 10 best off-spinners of all time.

Bowling off-spin is a skill in which some great bowlers have mastered beautifully. We have seen some great variation in off-spin bowling over the years. It is safe to say the domination of off-spin bowling will continue to grow in the future.

There are some great off-spinners in the history of the game who have to change the game completely with their outstanding bowling. Spinner has the capability to change the course of the game with a blink of an eye.

In this post, we will check out the top 10 best off spinners of all time in the history of cricket:-

Top 10 Best off Spinners of All Time

1 Muttiah Muralitharan

Muralitharan is rated as the greatest off-spinner of all time. There is no better spinner than him in the history of the game. His stats prove that he is the most successful off-spinner to ever play the game. He is one of the best wrist spinners the world has ever seen. His most lethal skill was using Doosra, which makes it players very difficult to understand the variation of the ball.

Muralitharan is an equally effective bowler in all formats of the game. Muttiah Muralitharan is the all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket as well as in ODI. He had a total of 800 test wickets in 133 matches. In ODI he has taken 534 wickets in 350 matches. He is the fastest bowler to reach 400 and 500 Test wickets. One of the most interesting facts is that Murali has a 10 wicket haul against every Test-playing nation. The spin wizard finished his career with some of the best averages in both tests (22.7) and ODI(23.1).

2 Ravichandran Ashwin

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One word to describe Ashwin is spectacular. He is the modern-day great in cricket. When it comes to off-spin bowling nobody is better than him in this modern era. He had a lot of variation in his bowling. He can make life difficult for any world-class batsman around the world. Ashwin is the quickest Indian bowler to reach 100 wickets in test cricket. He has achieved this feat in just 18 matches.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s stats are unreal he had played a total of 78 Tests and took 409 wickets which involve 30 five-wicket hauls. He has a part of the India team for 111 ODIs and has taken 150 wickets. Ashwin is also an outstanding bowler in T20 and IPL. In T20I he had played 46 matches and taken 52 wickets while in IPL he had taken a total of 138 wickets with an average of 26.8.

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Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the Indian gems who never fail to shine. He is currently one of the best off-spinners in test cricket. The way Ashwin is going he could break several records in test cricket. Ashwin is a very conducive player in his team’s victory on several occasions.

3 Jim Laker

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Jim laker the English prodigy and one of the best off-spinners the cricket has come across. He is the first bowler and second overall to take all ten wickets in a Test inning. Anil Kumble was the only player to replicate his feat in the history of the game.

In the short span of his career, he had achieved the level of greatness. He had played a total of 46 test matches in which the Englishmen has taken 193 wickets with an economy rate of 2.04.

In 1956, he had achieved a world record that is still unbroken. He took nineteen (of a maximum twenty) wickets in a Test match which was held at Old Trafford in Manchester, allowing England to overcome Australia and the match was later known as “Laker’s Match”.

4. Harbhajan Singh

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Harbhajan Singh is India’s biggest match-winner in all forms of the game. He is rated as one of the best off-spinners India has ever produced. Harbhajan came into the Indian team in 1998 but his career-defining moment came in 2001 when Anil Kumble got injured and Sourav Ganguly called him for the upcoming Border Gavaskar trophy.

Harbhajan proved himself as the best spinner by taking 32 wickets and became the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket. He is the third-highest wicket-taker for India however there is a high possibility that Ashwin can replace him very soon in Test. Harbhajan took 417 wickets in 103 Tests with an average of 32.46. In ODI he has played 236 ODIs and has taken 269 wickets with an economy of 4.31.

5 Saeed Ajmal

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Ajmal is one of the top off-spinners of his time. Despite his age, he helped Pakistan to win so many matches. He played his first test match at the age of 32. In spite of his late debut in the test match, he achieved the unachievable. He became the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 100 Test wickets for Pakistan.

Ajmal became one of the most effective bowlers for Pakistan in spite of his short test cricket. He had played a total of 35 Test matches for Pakistan and took 178 wickets with an economy of 2.59. In ODIs, he has finished his career with 184 wickets in 113 matches. Ajmal is equally effective in T20Is taking 85 wickets in 64 matches with an exceptional economy of 6.36. He was signed by Adelaide Strikers for the 2012 Big Bash League which was held in Australia.

6  Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon one of the best off-spinners the Australian cricket has produced. Australia is known for its fast bowling lineup however the presence of Lyon in the team given the Australian an edge on the pitches where spin works so well.

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Lyon holds the record for the most Test wickets taken by an Australian off-spin bowler, breaking Hugh Trumble’s tally of 141 wickets in 2015. Nathan Lyon has played 100 Tests and took 399 wickets with an economy of 2.99. He had 18 5 wicket haul and 3 10 wicket haul in his career. Lyon had their ups and downs in their cricketing career however he always came back stronger and became the most valuable player for the team. Nathan Lyon will be looking to extend his tally of wickets in the near future.

7 Saqlain Mushtaq

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Saqlain Mushtaq introduced himself as the off-spinner. He was the one who introduced Doosra to the cricketing world. He was the fastest to reach the milestones of 200 and 250 wickets in ODIs.

Saqlain played 49 Test matches and 169 One Day Internationals during his career for Pakistan and took 208 Test and 288 ODI wickets. He is equally impressive in test cricket. Across all formats, Saqlain had a total of 19 5 wicket haul and 3 10 wicket haul.

Saqlain has the second-most number of wickets for a Pakistani spinner. He is just behind the legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

8 EAS Prasanna

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EAS Prasanna is the first spinner who came to the limelight in the Indian team. He is the pioneer of spin bowling in India. He has shown some amazing performances throughout his career. Prasanna was the record holder as the fastest player to reach 100 test wickets until R Ashwin broke that record.

India was the reckoning force in the bowling line up with the stars like Prasanna, Bishen Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrashekar, and S. Venkatraghavan during the 1960s and 70s. He had played a total of 49 matches for India and took 189 wickets with an economy rate of 2.54.

9  Hugh Tayfield

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Hugh Joseph Tayfield was a South African spinner known for his brilliance. He played a total of 37 Test matches for South Africa and was rated as one of the best off-spinners the world has ever seen. Tayfield was holding the record as the fastest South African bowler to take 100 wickets in Tests but then Dale Steyn came and shattered the record in March 2008. He was also elected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1956. 

During his career between 1949-50 and 1960, he took a total of 170 wickets in Tests at an economy of 2.38. Tayfield was identified as the best bowler in terms of accuracy.

10 Sonny Ramadhin

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Sonny Ramadhin is one of the greatest off-spinners in West Indies cricket history. He is the first player of Indian origin to represent West Indies cricket at the international level. He was one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1951.

Ramadhin finished his Test career with some impressive stats. He took 158 wickets in just 43 Tests with an economy of 2.05. His economy rate of 2.05 is one of the best by any West Indian bowler. He was known as one of the best spinners of all time in the history of West Indies Cricket.

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Top 10 Best Swing Bowlers of All Time

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Cricket has seen some of the great bowlers. In this article, we will talk about the top 10 best swing bowlers of all time.

Swing Bowling is an art and it’s the most difficult thing to do on a cricket pitch. Fans love watching balls traveling in the air towards the batsman and docking away from him. It’s just beautiful to watch.

We have seen a great fast bowler capable of swinging both ways that too in the air. One of the reasons behind its nature is the way the bowler bowl. They changed the direction of the ball with their fingers switching outside and inside during the game.

Swing bowling can be classified into two types the first one is a normal swing in which the bowl either comes inside or goes outside and the other one is reverse swing. Normal swing bowling is most applied with the new ball while on the other hand reverse swing is done when the ball becomes very old.

In the game of cricket, bowlers play a vital role and can change the course of the game in a blink of an eye. To efficiently use the bowl for taking wickets required skills and regular practice.

We have seen a great swing bowler over the years and today we will talk about the top 10 best swing bowlers of all time.

Top 10 Best Swing Bowlers of All Time

10 Imran Khan

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Imran Khan is one of the greatest Pakistani cricketers and best all-rounder of all time. Imran Khan is one of the best swing bowlers of his time. His capability of swinging and reverse swing the ball is too good. He makes swinging a habit and he does it with such ease.

Imran Khan is a phenomenon that he foes for Pakistan cricket are just unmatchable. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket out of 88 matches played which made him the first Pakistani and world’s fourth bowler to do so. He has taken 23 5-Wicket hauls and 6 10-Wicket hauls during his career.

Imran Khan will always be considered as one of the most elegant swing bowlers of all time in cricket history.

9 Zaheer Khan

It would not be wrong to say that Zaheer Khan is one of the finest swing bowlers India has ever produced. He is the backbone of the Indian bowling lineup. Zaheer has the ability to swing the ball both ways and capable of reverse swing with the old one. He has been equally effective in home and away fixtures and that something everyone is not capable of.

Zaheer records across all formats are impressive. He took 311 wickets in 92 Tests with an economy of 3.27. In ODI he played 200 matches and took 282 wickets with an average of 29.44.

Zaheer has been regarded as the best fast bowlers of India over the years. His performance throughout his career remains constant. He will be always rated the best among the top bowlers around the world.

8 Sir Richard Hadlee

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Richard Hadlee is a well-known swing bowler of his generation. Sir Richard Hadlee was one of the best bowlers to ever grace the game of cricket. As a bowler his performance in test matches is phenomenal. His bowling has always been the game-changer for New Zealand cricket during his time.

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He played a total of 86 tests in which he took 431 wickets at an economy rate of 2.78. There is no denying the fact that he is the first superstar of New Zealand cricket. He used to swing the ball at any condition and any ground, that’s how the great bowler he is.

7 Malcolm Marshall

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West Indies have seen some legendary bowlers since they started playing cricket. One of them is Malcolm Marshall. Many great players still considered Marshall as one of the best swingers of the ball. He is very good at out swinging the ball. It’s very difficult for the batsmen to read the ball when Marshall is bowling from the end.

He took 376 wickets in 81 matches at an economy rate of 2.69. He is not a bowler with high stature however he is still rated as one of the best swing bowlers of all time. His line and length are the keys to his success. His performance in England is too good, picking up 94 wickets at a bowling average of 18.70 however he is equally effective in the other countries.

6 Chaminda Vaas

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Chaminda Vaas one of the great bowlers the world has ever seen. His most important asset is his capability to swing the balls on both sides. He is not the kind of bowler who does things with the pace. He is known for his tight bowling. Vaas is the bowler who leads the Sri Lankan bowling in all formats of the game. He finished his career as the most successful Sri Lankan fast bowler of all time. The Sri Lankan team is still unable to find any alternative to Chaminda Vaas.

Vaas had played a total of 111 matches in which he took 355 wickets with an impressive average of 29.58. In ODI he played 322 matches and took 400 wickets with an economy rate of 4.19.

Vaas is capable of swinging the ball in the early overs of the game and always provides Sri Lanka with important breakthroughs.

5 Dale Steyn

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There are only a few players in the world who can swing the ball with pace and Steyn is one of them. It’s always been difficult to face Steyn during the initial overs. He has proved his brilliance in all parts of the world. He can swing the bowl in nay pitches under any circumstances. There are many great batsmen who rated Steyn as one of the best bowlers the world cricket has ever seen. He is also capable of reverse swinging the ball when it becomes old.

Steyn is a complete bowler, his line & length, consistency, and discipline are par excellence. He is rated as one of the modern-day greats.

His stats are just insane in tests. He took 439 wickets from just 93 games with an average of 22.95. In ODI he played 125 matches and took 196 wickets. He would have been broken all possible bowling records if he has stayed fit for a long time.

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4 Jimmy Anderson

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Jimmy Anderson is the modern-day legend in terms of bowling. He holds the record with most test wickets as a fast bowler in cricket history. He took 614 wickets in a total of 160 matches played. In ODI he had played 194 matches and took 269 wickets with an economy rate of 4.92.

Anderson is capable of shattering any batting line-up around the world. Mostly fast and swing bowling has been dominated by the bowlers of Pakistan and West Indies and then Anderson came and changed everything. He creates a double threat for the batsmen with his pace and swing.

One of the best attributes of his bowling is to move the ball both ways. His ability to hide the ball before releasing makes it batsmen very difficult to read the ball and thus creating more chances of taking wickets.

3 Waqar Younis

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Waqar and swing are made for each other. You will not see a better combination in any other bowlers around the world. He is said to be the king of reverse swing. Waqar is capable of swinging the ball in and out. The biggest threat of his bowling is his lethal in-swinging yorkers which he could bowl with a high pace.

Waqar had played a total of 87 test matches and took 373 wickets with an average of 23.56. Due to his unique style of bowling, he is able to deliver toe-crushing inswinging yorkers. Waqar and Akram are the most lethal deadly duos who are impossible to face for any batting lineup around the world.

2 Glenn Mcgrath

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Glenn Mcgrath does not need any introduction in this list. At the early stages of his career, many doubted that he could not become a successful fast bowler. But he has changed his fortune, his strength is his swing bowling as he knows he does not have the pace. He proved everyone wrong and become the most successful swing bowlers the world has ever seen.

Mcgrath’s capability of swinging the ball consistently throughout his career made him one of the most successful bowlers in the world. He had played 124 test matches in which he took 563 wickets with an average of 21.64.

1 Wasim Akram

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Wasim Akram is known as the king of swing. We have listed down the top swings bowlers but none of them come close to the great Wasim Akram. It’s just impossible to forget Akram when it comes to swing bowling.

He took a total of 414 wickets in 104 Test matches with an average of 23.62. His number s is unreal, he is equally effective in all formats of the game. His moving balls in the air are not easy for any world-class batsmen to pick. There is no denying the fact that we will not see any other bowler with such qualities very soon. He also mastered the art to reverse swing with the old ball. He is number one in the list of the top 10 best swing bowlers of all time.

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