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World’s Fastest Bowler: List of Fastest Bowlers in Cricket


World’s Fastest Bowler – The skill of fast bowling has always been the most lauded, as it requires an optimum fitness and hardwork. Each format in the game requires different level of lengths and variations.

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In the Test format with the red cherry, the fast bowlers need to find their perfect lengths to get a purchase off the surface. While the ODI and T20 format demands the fine execution of yorkers and variations in pace to dismiss the batters. Here is the list of fastest bowlers in Cricket.

Here’s the list of Fastest Bowlers in Cricket

Player Name Bowling Speed (kph) Opponent
1 Shoaib Akhtar 161.3 England
2 Shaun Tait 161.1 England
3 Brett Lee 161.1 New Zealand
4 Jeff Thomson 160.6 West Indies
5 Mitchell Starc 160.4 New Zealand


Shoaib Akhtar: The legendary player from Pakistan delivered the fastest ball of 161.3 kph against England in the 2003 World Cup. In his career spanning of around 14 years, Shoaib Akhtar scalped a total of 14 wickets and is certainly the inspiration for the young bowlers.

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Shaun Tait: Shaun Tait is one of the quickest fast bowler Australia ever produced in this century. He bowled a 161.1 kph ball to Craig Kieswetter from England in 2010. He featured for the Australia team from 2005 to 2011, and picked 95 wickets across all formats.

Brett Lee: A perfect combination of pace, swing and accuracy was Brett Lee. He spearheaded the Australian team bowling attack for 13 years from 1999 to 2012. He delivered his fastest ball of 161.1 kph against New Zealand in 2005 at Napier. In his international career, Brett Lee took 518 wickets.

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Jeff Thomson: Thomson is said to be consistently bowling at express pace during the period from 1974 to 1976. He bowled a delivery of 160.6 kph against West Indies in 1975 at Perth. In his career spanning around 14 years from until 1972 to 1985, Jeff scalped 255 wickets.

Mitchell Starc: The left arm fast bowler is known for executing perfect yorkers in any format of the game. Mitchell Starc bowled a delivery of 160.4 kph to Ross Taylor (New Zealand) in 2015-16 series. Until November 2021, Mitchel Starc has taken 410 wickets in international cricket.

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