Top 10 Current Fastest Bowlers (2018) in the World of CricketPosted By: Bill Russell | December 16, 2017
It is true that a powerful batsman is a good enough reason to fear a cricket team. But it is also true that a fast bowler is someone who can score even the best of batsmen. A whirlwind delivery by a bowler can send someone from the crease to the pavilion even before the player realises it. While it’s amazing to watch batsmen skinning the opponents, it’s equally fun to watch the bowler baffle everyone with speed. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Current Fastest Bowlers in the World of Cricket.
Table of Contents
- Top 10 Current Fastest Bowlers in the World of Cricket
- 10. Umesh Yadav vs. Sri Lanka – 146.6 [July 2017]
- 9. Kagiso Rabada vs. England – 147 [July 2017]
- 8. Liam Plunkett vs. South Africa – 147.3 [June 2017]
- 7. Adam Milne vs. Bangladesh – 147.7 [June 2017]
- 6. Jasprit Bumrah vs. Pakistan – 148.1 [June 2017]
- 5. Shannon Gabriel vs. Pakistan – 148.2 [May 2017]
- 4. Mitchell Starc vs. England – 148.5 [June 2017]
- 3. Tymal Mills vs. India – 149 [February 2017]
- 2. Pat Cummins vs. England – 149.2 [June 2017]
- 1. Wahab Riaz vs. India – 149.6 [June 2017]
- Current Fastest Bowlers according to Top Speed
- Current Fastest Bowlers according to Average Speed
- Fastest Bowlers in the World of Cricket [Previous Record Holders]
- Mitchell Starc – Fastest ball -160.4 kph
- Fidel Edwards – Fastest Ball – 157.7 kph
- Mitchell Johnson – Fastest Ball – 156.8 kph
- Dale Steyn – Fastest Ball – 155.7 kph
- Lasith Malinga – Fastest Ball – 155.7 kph
- Wahab Riaz – Fastest Ball – 154.5 kph
- Adam Milne – Fastest Ball – 153.2 kph
- Kemar Roach – Fastest Ball – 152.7 kph
- Varun Aaron – Fastest Ball – 152.5 kph
- Morne Morkel – Fastest Ball – 152 kph
- Steven Finn – Fastest Ball – 151.9 kph
- Umesh Yadav – Fastest Ball – 151.8 kph
- Peter Siddle – Fastest Ball – 151 kph
- Mohammed Irfan – Fastest Ball – 150.6 kph
Top 10 Current Fastest Bowlers in the World of Cricket
This list is based on the current performance of the bowlers and is updated according to the stats as of December 2017. And in the bottom half of the list we enlisted the previous record holders of the fastest bowling. So enjoy the entire list to stay updated about the recent cricketing scenario.
10. Umesh Yadav vs. Sri Lanka – 146.6 [July 2017]
Umesh Yadav, right-arm fast-medium bowler, happens to be India’s fastest bowlers today, with an average speed of 138.7 km per hour, which puts him in the same rank as Pakistan’s Wahav Riyaz among the fastest in the world. Yadav’s speediest delivery was at the rate of 146.6 kph on 26th July 2017 during the first Test, and the unfortunate team to face his wrathful bowling was India’s neighbour, Sri Lanka. During the test, Yadav managed to take two wickets, one of Dimuth Karunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka.
9. Kagiso Rabada vs. England – 147 [July 2017]
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada might just be 22 years old, but he is already one of the fastest bowlers in cricket world, having hit an average rate of 138.3 kph, which he pushed up to a stunning 147 kph during a match against England. It was the 3rd Test, played on 27th July 2017. The right-arm fast bowler, who stands in the same position as India’s Jasprit Bumra on the international list of bowlers with the greatest speed, took 4 wickets in the 3rd Test, played at The Oval.
8. Liam Plunkett vs. South Africa – 147.3 [June 2017]
Right-arm fast bowler Liam Plunket represents England, and has an average speed of 137 kph. While this speed does not place him among the top ten fastest bowlers who are currently playing, he has still secured the 8th place among the top 10 fastest bowlers based on top speed achieved. He made a delivery at an incredible speed of 147.3 in a match on 10th July 2017. England faced South Africa in the 3rd T20I conflict, and Plunkett lived up to T20’s reputation of speed.
7. Adam Milne vs. Bangladesh – 147.7 [June 2017]
Right-arm fast bowlers Adam Milne is one of the key players of New Zealand, noted for his amazing speed. His average rate of delivery is 138.4 kph, which puts him on the list of top ten. And, he pushed this number up to a stunning 147.7 kph in a Champions Trophy match, played on 9th June, 2017. The team which had the misfortune of facing his faster-than-the-wind delivery was Bangladesh. He managed to take a wicket in this match, as well.
6. Jasprit Bumrah vs. Pakistan – 148.1 [June 2017]
Cricket’s world’s biggest rivals, India and Pakistan, came face to face in the Champions Trophy final match at The Oval on 18th June 2017, when India’s Jasprit Bumrah made the fastest delivery of his career, at a rate of 148.1 kph, which made him one of the 10 fastest bowlers playing today. This right-arm fast-medium bowler has one of the fastest average speeds as well, at 138.3 kph. However, Bumrah failed to take a wicket in this thrilling cricket match.
5. Shannon Gabriel vs. Pakistan – 148.2 [May 2017]
29-year old West Indian right arm fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is considered a key player of the Trinidad and Tobago’s attack today, and is among the most stunning bowlers. He is a force to reckon with, even as he has missed securing a place among the top ten bowlers with the highest average speed by just 0.1 kph, because of his pace of 137.9 kph. His highest delivery, however, was at 148.2 kph in the 3rd Test against Pakistan on 10th May 2017, when he gathered 2 wickets.
4. Mitchell Starc vs. England – 148.5 [June 2017]
Australia’s Mitchell Starc is a left-arm fast bowler, and has the second highest average speed among the current bowlers in the world, with an amazing rate of 143.2 kph, which makes him lose out on the top spot by just 0.1 kph. His highest delivery was at a rate of 148.5 kph, when his team faced England. It was a Champions Trophy match that took place at Edgbaston on 10th June, 2017. During this match, Starc also succeeded to taking a wicket!
3. Tymal Mills vs. India – 149 [February 2017]
At the age of 25, Tymall Mills has already set a record that might be hard to follow. He has managed to deliver a ball at 149 kph, making him the fastest player among the current cricketers, based on the top speed achieved. His average speed might 131.5 kph, but managed to attain this massive rate in a match against India at Bangalore on 1st February, 2017. It was the 3rd T20I confrontation between the two big names, and he also managed to take a wicket in the match.
2. Pat Cummins vs. England – 149.2 [June 2017]
Australia’s right-arm fast bowler and bowling all-rounder, Pat Cummings, has two major records in the world of cricket – and he is just 24! First, he has the fastest bowling speed in the world, with an average rate of 143.3 kph. Second – he made the second fastest bowling delivery, at a rate of 149.2 kph. England faced this Australian tornado at Edgbaston on 10th June 2017 for a Champions Tropy match. If he had been just 0.4 kph faster, he would be at the top of this list!
1. Wahab Riaz vs. India – 149.6 [June 2017]
Pakistan’s 32-year old left arm fast bowler, Wahab Riaz leads the list of fastest bowlers with the top speedy delivery, with a delivery made at 149.6 kph. This fabulous performance was at Edgbaston on 4th June 2017 during a Champions Trophy match. The team that had to cope with Riaz’s angry delivery is Pakistan’s cricket enemy, India. Riaz, who also features among the bowlers with the highest average speed with 138.7 kph rate, took wicket in the match, too.
This list of fast, almost insane, deliveries by the fastest bowlers, is a compilation prepared on the basis of recent international matches, with the Hawkeye data being the main source of such information, available in the ICC site, though, in some cases, the necessary data is unavailable. Besides, some host broadcaster or board might use other ball tracking methods like the Virtual System, as seen in case of Australia. Either way, it’s a good enough reason to celebrate the scary bowlers for their performances on the field!
Current Fastest Bowlers according to Top Speed
|Rank||Player||Fastest Delivery (KpH)||Bowling Style||Match||Match Date|
|1||Wahab Riaz||149.6||Left Arm||Champions Trophy: Pakistan v India||4 June 2017|
|2||Pat Cummins||149.2||Right Arm||Champions Trophy: England v Australia||10 June 2017|
|3||Tymal Mills||149.0||Left Arm||3rd T20I: India v England||1 February 2017|
|4||Mitchell Starc||148.5||Left Arm||Champions Trophy: England v Australia||10 June 2017|
|5||Shannon Gabriel||148.2||Right Arm||3rd Test: West Indies v Pakistan||10 May 2017|
|6||Jasprit Bumrah||148.1||Right Arm||Champions Trophy Final||18 June 2017|
|7||Adam Milne||147.7||Right Arm||Champions Trophy: New Zealand v Bangladesh||9 June 2017|
|8||Liam Plunkett||147.3||Right Arm||3rd T20I: England v South Africa||10 July 2017|
|9||Kagiso Rabada||147.0||Right Arm||3rd Test: England v South Africa||27 July 2017|
|10||Umesh Yadav||146.6||Right Arm||1st Test: Sri Lanka v India||26 July 2017|
Current Fastest Bowlers according to Average Speed
|Rank||Player||Average Speed (KpH)||Fastest Delivery (KpH)||Bowling Style||Country|
|1||Pat Cummins||143.3||149.2||Right Arm||Australia|
|2||Mitchell Starc||143.2||148.5||Right Arm||Australia|
|3||Mohammad Amir||140.9||145.1||Left Arm||Pakistan|
|4||Wahab Riaz||138.7||149.6||Left Arm||Pakistan|
|5||Umesh Yadav||138.7||146.6||Right Arm||India|
|6||Mark Wood||138.5||145.0||Right Arm||England|
|7||Adam Milne||138.4||147.7||Right Arm||New Zealand|
|8||Jasprit Bumrah||138.3||148.1||Right Arm||India|
|9||Kagiso Rabada||138.3||147.0||Right Arm||South Africa|
|10||Mohammed Shami||138.0||145.2||Right Arm||India|
Fastest Bowlers in the World of Cricket [Previous Record Holders]
We have already compiled a list of “Top 10 Fastest Bowler in Cricket History“. that was the all time list, here i am going to make the list of “Current Fastest Bowlers”. Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait are retired from International Cricket, so these 3 will excluded from this list.
Muhammad Sami (who is 8th in all time list) also not listed below, though he is not retired yet but he will never play for Pakistan. Fidel Edwards is listed as the fastest, although he didn’t secured has place in the team yet, but still has the ability to comeback in international cricket. here is the complete list, let’s began:
Mitchell Starc – Fastest ball -160.4 kph
Next on Current Fastest Bowlers, Mitchell Aaron Starc Tall Australian Fast Bowlers. he is one of most dangerous fast bowler in the world. with combination of height swing and accuracy he can destroy any batting line. in world cup 2015 he became one of highest wicket taker. his fastest ball was recorded 160.4 kph against New Zealand on day 3 of second test on Perth.
Fidel Edwards – Fastest Ball – 157.7 kph
Next on Current Fastest Bowlers, Although his place in west Indian team is not permanent. But arguably the fastest bowler in current cricket. He played 50 ODI’s and 55 Test for his National side. His fastest delivery is 157.7 kph Came against South Africa in 2003.
Mitchell Johnson – Fastest Ball – 156.8 kph
Australian hero of Ashes series of 2013/14: the Mustaches Man Mitchell Johnson became the 2nd fastest bowler in current cricket arena, and also became the 7th all time fastest in cricket history. he bowled a ball with speed of 156.8 in 4th Ashes Test, Day 3 at MCG 2013.
Dale Steyn – Fastest Ball – 155.7 kph
One of the Best Fast Bowler in history of cricket, probably the best and also the 3rd fastest bowler in current cricket. speed wise, he is just behind Australian premium fast bowler Mitchell Johnson and West Indian Fidel Edwards. Steyn is also the 10th in all time fastest bowlers list.
Lasith Malinga – Fastest Ball – 155.7 kph
Specialist of one day in T20 cricket, Malinga in most dangerous bowler especially in the death overs. He is the 4th fastest bowler in current cricket, his fastest ball is 155.7 kph, equal to Dale Steyn.
Wahab Riaz – Fastest Ball – 154.5 kph
Wahab Riaz is the Latest inclusion in the list. he bowled 154.5 kmph ball against India in Group Match of ICC ODI Cricket World Cup. Wahab Riaz has bowled his Fastest Ball in 49th over of the innings. he just gives 4 runs in that over.
Adam Milne – Fastest Ball – 153.2 kph
Milne is the Rising Start of New Zealand cricket team. He showed his talent of fast bowling against India in recent series. Adam Milne clocked 153 kph in a T20 match against west indies (video). Milne has the ability to bowl 150 kph consistently. In future he has the potential to become the fastest bowler of the world. If we look at consistency, than he is the one who can bowel with a lot of pace in regular basis.
Kemar Roach – Fastest Ball – 152.7 kph
West India fast bowler who can generate serious pace in his bowling. Roach has the ability to bowl 145 kph consistently. His fastest ball was 152.7 kph, that was enough to make him 6th Current Fastest Bowlers.
Varun Aaron – Fastest Ball – 152.5 kph
Young Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron is the latest entry in this list with a 152.5 kph ball. he bowled his career fastest (in-fact Fastest in history of indian cricket) ball against Sri Lanka in 1st ODI at Cuttack 2 November 2014. Now he is the 7th Fastest Bowler in the World Currently.
Morne Morkel – Fastest Ball – 152 kph
Lanki right arm fast bowler from South Africa, who is the one of tallest fast bowler of all time. Morkal has bowled a ball with speed of 172 kph once, though that was mistake by speed measuring device. His legal fastest ball was 152 kph.
Steven Finn – Fastest Ball – 151.9 kph
Another tall fellow in the list. Finn is the 9th fastest in current cricket. He has the ability to bowl over 145 kph deliveries on consistent basis. His fastest ball was 151.9.
Umesh Yadav – Fastest Ball – 151.8 kph
Umesh Yadav is an upcoming Indian Speed Star. he is 10th Fastest Bowler in Current Cricket Scenario with 151.8 kph ball. he bowled his fastest ever ball against Sri Lanka. you can watch that delivery on youtube.com.
Peter Siddle – Fastest Ball – 151 kph
Important member of Australian pace battery. Siddle is the 11th in our list. He can bowl 145 kph ball every time. His fastest ball recorded 151 kph.
Mohammed Irfan – Fastest Ball – 150.6 kph
All time tallest cricket player Muhammad Irfan proved himself much batter bowler after his comeback in Pakistan team. Now he can generate a lot of pace. His fastest ball was 150.6 kph.
so who is your favorite among these Current Fastest Bowlers?