[dropcap size=small]S[/dropcap]electing bowlers from different eras and different styles, and putting them neatly into one list isn’t that easy. But Crizic has done just that. Note that all the bowlers are ranked on the basis of various cricketing criterion.
10. Clarrie Grimmett
Clarence is thought by many to be one of the finest early spin bowlers, and usually credited as the developer of the flipper.Grimmett played 37 Tests between 1924 and 1936, taking 216 wickets at an average of just 24.21 runs a piece. He became the first bowler to reach the milestone of taking 200 Test wickets, and is one of only four Test bowlers that played in their first Test after the age of thirty to take more than 100 wickets. Grimmett remains the only bowler with career figures of over 200 wickets in fewer than 40 Tests till date. He took a five-wicket ‘bag’ on 21 occasions, seven times finishing with ten wickets or more in a match.On 30 September 2009, Clarrie Grimmett was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
9. Glenn McGrath
Glenn Donald McGrath nicknamed “Pigeon”, is a former Australian fast bowler and is considered as one of the greatest bowlers in cricketing history, He is also a leading contributor to Australia’s domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to the early 21st century.
Known throughout his career for maintaining a remarkably accurate line and length, McGrath’s consistency enabled him to be one of the most economical and dangerous fast bowlers of his time. McGrath holds the world record for the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler and is fourth on the all-time list, with the top three wicket takers Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, and Anil Kumble all being spin bowlers.
8. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan also spelt Muralidaran was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2002. He retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his 800th and final wicket on 22 July 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match.
Averaging over six wickets per Test, Muralitharan is one of the most successful bowlers in the game. Muralitharan held the number one spot in the International Cricket Council’s player rankings for Test bowlers for a record period of 1,711 days spanning 214 Test matches.
7. Curtly Ambrose
Sir Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose is a former fast bowler from Antigua who played 98 Test matches for the West Indies. He took 405 Test wickets at an excellent average of 20.99 and topped the ICC Player Rankings for much of his career to be rated the best bowler in the world. His great height allowed him to make the ball bounce unusually high after he delivered it; allied to his pace and accuracy, it made him a difficult bowler for batsmen to face. A man of few words during his career, he was notoriously reluctant to speak to journalists. He was chosen as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1992; after he retired he was entered into theInternational Cricket Council Hall of Fame and selected as one of West Indies all-time XI by a panel of experts.
6. Malcolm Marshall
Malcolm Denzil Marshall was a West Indian fast bowler and is regarded as one of the finest and fastest pacemen ever to have played Test cricket. His Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who has taken 200 or more wickets. He achieved his bowling success despite being, by the standards of other fast bowlers, a short man, while most of the great quicks have been well above 6 feet (1.8 m) and many great West Indian fast bowlers, such as Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, were 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) or above. He generated fearsome pace from his bowling action, with a dangerous bouncer.
5. Sir Richard Hadlee
Few players in the history of cricket have carried the fortunes of their team to quite the same extent as Richard Hadlee. Sir Hadlee had cemented his place as one of the great fast bowlers of all time.
4. Shane Warne
Spin Spin Spin! Shane Warne , was widely regarded as one of the best spinner in the history of the game. His ball of the century – a giant leg-break is still something which we can watch hundred of times.
3. Wasim Akram
Akram is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of game who also holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket with 881 and is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets with 502. He is considered to be one of the founders and perhaps the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling.
2. Denis Lillee
An outstanding fast bowler of his generation who was known for his fiery temperament, ‘never-say-die’ attitude and popularity with the fans.By the time of his retirement from international cricket in 1984 he had become the then world record holder for most Test wickets (355), and had firmly established himself as one of the most recognisable and renowned Australian sportsmen of all time.
1. Sydney Barnes
Some bowlers are accurate , some have good variation , some are good in swinging the ball and some have outstanding records to their name.Sydney Barnes was a complete bowler who was the combination of swing, accuracy and variation . He is without doubt one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket. Barnes played for England in 27 matches from 1901 to 1914, taking 189 wickets at 16.43, one of the lowest Test bowling averages ever achieved.