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| On Jul 18, 2022 11:57 AM IST

Indian Fast Bowlers – Best Bowling Attack in the World?

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Indian Fast Bowlers are now the biggest strength of the side. Fast bowling is no longer a weak link in Indian cricket. Here’s a look at India’s fast bowlers who ply their trade across formats.

1. Jasprit Bumrah

At present, Jasprit Bumrah is India’s lead pacer and spearhead across formats. He is ranked third in the ICC Test bowlers rankings, first in the ODI rankings. With his unorthodox action, he has also developed great skills apart from also working on his pace. Bumrah is the go-to man for India with the ball be it in any format and is rated amongst the top bowlers in world cricket at the moment.

Wickets Average Economy
Test 128 21.99 2.69
ODI 121 24.30 4.63
T20I 69 19.46 6.46

 

Test Debut 5 January 2018 against South Africa
ODI Debut 23 January 2016 against Australia
T20I Debut 26 January 2016 against Australia

2. Mohammad Shami

Mohammad Shami has emerged as one of India’s prime pacers across formats. He has the ability to adapt well to different formats. Shami’s ability to swing the ball both ways, deliver variations and bowl at an extreme pace makes him one of the best fast bowlers in the world at present. Along with Bumrah, Shami is a key weapon in India’s pace attack.

Wickets Average Economy
Test 216 27.45 3.28
ODI 152 25.47 5.60
T20I 18 31.55 9.54

 

Test Debut 6 November 2013 against West Indies
ODI Debut 6 January 2013 against Pakistan
T20I Debut 21 March 2014 against Pakistan

3. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is known for his ability to swing the ball and is a pacer who relies on accuracy rather than extreme pace. He has been impressive and developed variations such as the knuckle ball and versions of the slower delivery over the years. Although not in reckoning for Test cricket at the moment, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is still one of the finest bowlers in white-ball cricket.

Wickets Average Economy
Test 63 26.09 2.94
ODI 141 35.11 5.08
T20I 70 23.31 6.92

 

Test Debut 22 February 2013 against Australia
ODI Debut 30 December 2012 against Pakistan
T20I Debut 24 December 2012 against Pakistan

4. Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav is known for his ability to consistently bowl at high pace and is one of those Indian bowlers who can hit the 150 kmph + mark. He has been in and out of the India team but has represented the country in all three formats. Umesh can generate raw and genuine pace naturally, which is a strength for any fast bowler to have.

Wickets Average Economy
Test 158 30.80 3.54
ODI 106 33.63 6.01
T20I 9 24.33 8.76

 

Test Debut 6 November 2011 against West Indies
ODI Debut 28 May 2010 against Zimbabwe
T20I Debut 7 August 2012 against Sri Lanka

5. Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur may not be the most threatening fast bowler by his looks but is someone who has developed the ability to swing the ball both ways. He is also capable of keeping his seam positions while keeping up with pace as well. Shardul may not be a glittery fast bowler but has proven to be effective, particularly in the Test and One-day formats.

Wickets Average Economy
Test 27 24.44 3.57
ODI 25 40.16 6.62
T20I 33 23.39 9.15

 

Test Debut 12 October 2012 against West Indies
ODI Debut 31 August 2017 against Sri Lanka
T20I Debut 21 February 2018 against South Africa

6. Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj is also among those Indian fast bowlers who can bowl at a good pace along with subtle variations. Starting as a bowler for white-ball cricket, Siraj has gone on to develop into a rather effective red-ball bowler and is a key member of India’s pace attack when it comes to Test cricket in the recent past.

Wickets Average Economy
Test 40 30.77 3.31
ODI 5 33.80 4.69
T20I 5 41.80 10.45

 

Test Debut 26 December 2020 against Australia
ODI Debut 15 January 2019 against Australia
T20I Debut 4 November 2017 against New Zealand

 In the present scenario, there are many talented fast bowlers bursting onto the scene in Indian cricket such as the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Umran Malik, Avesh Khan, Arsdheep Singh, Deepak Chahar and many more coming through domestic cricket and IPL, generating a large pool of options going into the future. 

 

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