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Top 10 Fastest Bowlers in The History of Cricket

Fastest Bowlers: Cricket is a very Famous & Widely Played Game in the World & Bowling is a Crucial Part of the Cricket. There are lots of very Famous, fast & Aggressive bowlers in the history of Cricket who Made Their Names by Their Speed.Here is The List of Top 10 Most Fastest Bowlers of the History.

Edit: Australia’s Premier Fast Bowler Mitchell Johnson has Bowled 156.8 kmph Delivery  at MCG, Against England in 4th Test Day 3. That Make him 7th fastest Bowler in History, Ahead of Muhammad Sami (156.4). Previously Muhammad Sami Was at #7.

Please Note: This list is about quickest bowlers of all time not best fast bowlers. you can also read our list of Top 10 Greatest Fast Bowlers here. We have also compiled a list for our readers “Current Fastest Bowlers“, who are currently playing international cricket.

Top 10 Fastest Bowlers in The History of Cricket

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  • Zahid bhat

    What about morie morkel

  • Morkal has bowled a delivery about 173.9 in IPL. . this happened because of technical problem in Hawk-Eye. so it was not official.

    • Zahid bhat

      Thnx to leave my confusion

  • Jignesh D Parmar

    on the list you missed javagal srinath he will come on 9th place with 156kmph which he bowled against south africa….

    • source of your information ?

      • Sonil Singh

        go to Wikipedia. Its an official record.

  • Bilal Riaz

    Pakistan is best in the world..

    • yes

    • Brendan Ryan

      I guess youre rethinking THAT comment… considering the royal thrashing currently taking place… SMith has Pakistan over his lap…. using his bat as a paddle…

    • Sandeep

      Pakistan is bullshit…Why don’t you move BrettLee to no.1 spot as proof is already share?????

      • that was not a legal delivery. everyone who understand the cricket could understand. read shoaib akhtar’s profile on cricinfo.com. they also declared him as fastest bowler in the world http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/42655.html .
        gunnes book of world records has also admit that.
        http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-10000/fastest-bowl-of-a-cricket-ball/
        i can’t understand why you people are jealous. why everyone forcing me to do what does not exist.

      • now what kind of proof i would provide you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_bowling also endorse my ranking, thay used my post as reference in their article about fast bowling. so now what you want???

      • Why you people just hating talent from Pakistan ? Shoaib Akhar is the fastest bowler in the cricket history and you hate for does not prove that he is not the fastest bowler in cricket.

        • Patrick Names

          The hate doesn’t, the evidence however does.

      • richi rich

        Hahahaha, there is not even one Indian thats on the list, most Indians can’t even clock 140 kmph with injuring themselves, Pakistan has multiple records in fast bowling, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mohammad Sami, Imran Khan, and recently Junaid too.

  • Brendan Ryan

    This list might be the FASTEST bowlers, but these surely arent the best fast bowlers… Now THATS a list I would definately like to see…

  • i have visited, you have to need to visit.

    • Selva
      • thanks !
        but most of sources deny that. so iam still searching for that.

        • jay

          your answer is here
          http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/111878.html

          The reason he couldnt hit those speeds again was an operation on his rotator cuff in his shoulder. He was seriously fast.

          Ofcourse Shoaib and Lee hit those speeds coz of their hyper flexible elbows which allowed them to sling the ball, much like murali uses his to spin his.

          The most genuine fast bowlers would really be the West Indians of 80s.

      • his 2nd best speed was 93 mph, that’s mean his 97 mph delivery should be an technology error. just like Morne Morkal’s 173.9 delivery in IPL. so i am still thinking about it.

        • if he was capable to bowl 156 kph delivery then why he didn’t touch 153, 154, 155 kph again.

  • Reaz Mohammed

    Thomson was the all time fastest bowler; there is no doubt about that. At his era there wasn’t any speed gun to accurately measure the bowling speed. I am not undermining the likes of Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee who played a major part in reviving the art of fast bowling. But Thomson is arguably the fastest of all time. His recorded speed of 160.4 kph is one of his regular effortless deliveries not putting lot of effort on that particular delivery. In his peak time he was seen to bowl much faster than that particular recorded delivery.

    • how we could explain that he was the fastest ?. the only source we have “Speed measuring devices ” and according to the Speed measuring devices shoaib akhtar was the fastest then Thomson. guinness book of world records also admit that http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-10000/fastest-bowl-of-a-cricket-ball/

      • Patrick Names

        We can use the available evidence. The speeds for Roberts, and Thomson were averaged over the length of the pitch. Also the likes of Tait, Akhtar, and Lee had pretty much every deliver of their international careers measured, and they struggled to occasionally get up near a random ball bowled by Thomson in net conditions. Any reasonable evaluation of the evidence clearly (and unarguably really) shows that Thomson was the fastest bowler since Tyson, and likely the fastest ever.

        If you think that the technology used today is giving comparable readings to that used in the 70s then Shane Watson and Stuart Binny are faster than Michael Holding, ridiculous.

    • Sar

      How can u say that ? Have you faced his delivery ????

      • Bhumi

        That time Pitch was not so Good so 160 is Enough Speed , And Now this time Pitch like Floor n Bowler Still 161 , Old is Gold

      • Niel

        Just asked the top batsman that faced him, they feared him.

    • Andrew

      If there was not any speed gun available so how could you say that his recorded speed was 160.4 kph. You stupid.

    • Adnan Khan

      U said, At his era there wasn’t any speed gun to accurately measure, then i’ll say he was the slowest bowler, bcz at his era there wasn’t any speed gun … am i right???

  • Dennis

    What about Shaun Tait vs England in the 5th ODI back in 2010… He bowled 100.1 mph (161.1km/h)

  • Sam

    I think you should update this because Brett Lee actually bowled 161.8 km/h. It was only classified as a leg wide because it was one day cricket but it was still faster than any other bowler. Can you explain why you didn’t include this?? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH3EdnJyhKQ) Thanks.

  • Alister_Troup

    Harold Larwood was in the 90 -100 mph range in the 1930’s pre-radar days so not accurate but worthy an Honourable mention?

  • nik
  • Syed Ibrar Ahmed

    But whats about greatest ever Waqar Younous…??????

  • Devon Malcolm was clocked at 156.1 kmh in Perth, I thought (The West Australian newspaper in May 2000) And Brett Lees 161.8 was disputed and put down to an erroneous recording due to external interference of the radar’s signal. Two back-up radars recorded the correct speed of 142kph for the delivery (source Cricinfo).

  • Ahmad

    The reason that shoaib akhtar is on the top is because he has delivered the ball of 160+kph more than 6 times in his career.

  • bondy

    im a masive fan of shane bong and a im from nz, his fastst delivery is 157.7kmph in the 2000/01 vb series aganst australias riki ponting. but you will never see the footage iv been serching for it for years

    • he was my all time favorite mate. if you found the footage or any other evidence, please do send me, i will change up the list.

  • avais

    well placed list……. but i wonder where is Mohd Zahid

  • his speed record is not available with over 150kmph speed. if any one have, please give me, i will include…
    he was one of most talented fast bowler world of cricket have ever seen,,,, but injuries … oh

  • Harry Manchanda

    You Forgot 156 kph @Javagal Srinath

  • i think you batter read it complete. “This particular delivery was reported by a major Indian News service although the exact date and the match in question has not been confirmed. Some six years on, and all three of these men now struggle to reach 140kph on a good day. ”

    • jay

      I am not gonna argue with you.
      Its my list and my research,deal with it.
      I couldn’t find that video or mention anywhere in any reputed journals or almanacs…

  • bob

    helo alan donald please

  • Brazen

    The picture of Shoaib tells a story that could explain why he is top of the list!

  • Sokker1008 AD

    Lasith Malinga is clearly a jokkkke on the name of fast bowling

  • Sokker1008 AD

    Lasith Malinga is clearly a jokkkke on the name of fast bowling

  • Sokker1008 AD

    How about curtniey Ambrose ?

  • Leon

    50 years of watching cricket and Thomson bowled at Shoaib’s top speed as a matter of course in 1974/5. Viv and Clive Lloyd have both said he was faster than anything.

    But I understand the problem – the only real data is the speed camera so Larwood, Tyson in 1954/5, Lillee in 1971/2 – probably all bowled faster than any of the speeds measured above, but it is all subjective.
    The only real answer comes from the batsmen who faced them. Clive and Viv tell me that Thommo was the fastest of them all – then daylight!!!

    • Ants

      Hold on a minute – I didn’t realised Viv and Clive had faced Lee or Ahktar? If they have then what they said would be worthwhile.

  • Patrick Names

    The list is flawed, all of the modern bowlers were recorded using technology that measures speed out of the hand, the speeds for Roberts, and Thomson were averaged over the length of the pitch. Also the likes of Tait, Akhtar, and Lee had pretty much every deliver of their international careers measured, and they struggled to occasionally get up near a random ball bowled by Thomson in net conditions. Thomson was clearly the fastest bowler since Tyson, and likely the fastest ever.

    If you think that the technology used today is giving comparable readings to that used in the 70s then Shane Watson and Stuart Binny are faster than Michael Holding, ridiculous.

  • Niel

    You don’ have to have faced Thompson, just ask the batsman that faced Thompson, they feared him.

  • Andrew

    Brett Lee’s fastest ball is 160.1 KM/H not 161.1. Kindly correct your record.

  • ian senior

    I see that Wez Hall and Gillchrist of the West Indies are omitted! In their times measurement of pace was inaccurate, but they were faster than the no 1 listed.

  • ian senior

    And what about Lillee?

  • richi rich

    Mohammad Sami, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, and even Mohammad Irfan, sorry but the west indies doesn’t have as many fast bowling records as Pakistan does.

    • jay

      Its about the impact Richi… WI fast bowlers had the biggest impact against Aus, Eng. Remember they beat Pakistan in Pakistan and India in India during their reign. And all due to fast bowlers.
      Also, during those days, there were less matches compared to today. IF Wasim, Waqar etc have records, Holding, Roberts, Garner had the impact that cannot be matched.

    • jay

      its not about the records… yes numbers do look nice. but the impact that WI fast bowlers had is more significant. garner, roberts, holding, croft, marshall… all of these were intimidating, successful in subcontinent where Lilllie and thompson avoided.

  • Rodney (UK)

    I know that I cannot come up with an argument without relevant sources. But according to official statement it is evident that Akhter bowled the fastest delivery recorded till today.
    In my opinion, regardless who ever is bowling now or even bowled during 60,70’s I think Waqar Younis is the only person who might have crossed the 100 mile per hour few times during his career. I wont be surprised if that was 102 or even 104 because no matter how many videos I have seen of legends but Waqar’s delivery were fairly quicker than all of them. But this is my point of view.

  • pontefractious

    Rather than “fastest of all time” I think it would be fairer to say ” fastest since accurate measurement has been possible. Otherwise could you really leave out Typhoon Frank Tyson, openly admitted by his contemporaries, both English and otherwise, to be the fastest ever seen up to that time ?.

  • Aditya

    Javagal srinath?? 156km/hr was his fastest. why his name isn’t there

  • medchrome

    great list

  • Ajay Kumar

    Everyone knows that Shoaib threw the ball. He was let go by the ICC by an act of mercy I guess. History will someday fry him because the video evidence is all over the net.