Fastest Bowler in the World in 2022 | Top 5 Fastest Bowlers in Cricket History

Cricket is frequently referred to as a batsman’s game. Despite shorter borders and larger bats that help to make things easier for the batsman, bowlers rarely have the upper hand. Many fast bowlers have made their mark in the past using only a handful of their weapons, such as pace, swing, and bounce. While most hitters aren’t concerned about pace these days, a few tearaway fast bowlers have managed to upset opponents with their speed and precision.

 

1. Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) – 161.3 kmph

 

Shoaib Akhtar is the world’s fastest bowler.

Shoaib Akhtar, sometimes known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express,’ is the fastest bowler in cricket history. During the Cricket World Cup 2003, Pakistan’s right-arm bowler bowled the fastest delivery in international cricket. Akhar, who has always favoured quick bowling, hit 161.3 km/hr against England in Capetown. In the midst of all the cricket excitement, his aggressive bowling and unusual movement always stole the show.

During his time with Pakistan, Akhtar got 178 Test wickets and 247 ODI wickets. He currently has a large fan base in his native nation and is well-known for his game analysis.

 

2. Brett Lee (Australia) – 161.1 km/hr

Brett Lee was the second-fastest bowler in history and the quickest Australian bowler. During the early 2000s, New South Wales had a formidable Australian line-up. Most batters were disturbed by his threatening pace in addition to his accuracy. In 2005, against New Zealand in Napier, he broke the 100-mile barrier with a delivery of 161.1 km/hr.

In 2003 and 2007, the 44-year-old was an integral component of Australia’s World Cup-winning campaigns. Brett became the first bowler to achieve a hat-trick in a T20I match at the 2007 T20 World Cup. Lee took approximately 700 international wickets for Australia during the course of his nearly 13-year career.

 

3. Shaun Tait (Australia) – 161.1 km/hr

Shaun Tait, known for his inconsistent bowling, didn’t have much success for Australia at the international level. He was, nonetheless, one of the fastest bowlers of the 2010s. Between 2004 and 2016, he only played three Tests and 35 One-Day Internationals for Australia. Against England, he bowled his fastest delivery. The ball was launched at a speed of 161.1 kilometres per hour. Later in his career, the right-arm bowler even broke the 100mph threshold against Pakistan in a T20I match in Melbourne.

 

4. Jeffrey Thomson (Australia) – 160.6 km/hr

During his prime, Jeff Thomson was a terrifying sight for any hitter. During his time as an Australian cricketer, the former Australian made life difficult for most hitters. With his incredible consistency and speed, he created dread in the minds of the competition. In 1975, he hit 160.6 km/h with his quickest delivery against the West Indies in Perth. Thomson will form the most frightening fast bowling pair during the 1974-75 season, partnering with Dennis Lillee. Between 1972 and 1985, he took 200 Test wickets and 55 ODI wickets.

 

5. Mitchell Starc (Australia) – 160.4 km/hr

Mitchell Starc belongs to a select group of left-arm bowlers who have competed at the highest level. In 2015 and 2019, the Australian bowler took the most wickets in two consecutive 50-over World Cups. In a Test match against New Zealand in Perth, the speedster bowled his fastest delivery at 160.4 km/hr.

In his career, the 31-year-old has taken 255 Test wickets and 184 ODI wickets. Despite a drop in his recent performances, Starc remains one of Australia’s top Test pacers.