Who is the best bowler in the world? Cricket is a game which is played with two weapons, bat and ball. Ever since its inception, bowlers have managed to go neck and neck with some of the finest batters of their respective eras. However, in the past few years, batsman have earned the edge over the bowlers, given the rapid evolution of T20 cricket.
Nowadays, cricket is often termed as the ‘batsman’s game’ given their domination in the past decade. Moreover, most of the grounds worldwide have tended to favor the batsman, which little or no assistance to the bowlers. However, despite these circumstances, a few world class bowlers have managed to keep the batsman under check.
Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan, James Anderson, Mitchell Starc are just a few bowlers who have managed to assert their authority on the world stage. They have been consistent over a long period of time in several formats of the game. In this article, we will have a look at the best bowler in the world, and in the IPL.
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Considering all three formats of the game, there are not many bowlers who can vouch for the position of the world’s best bowler. Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult are a few bowlers competing for the title of the world’s best bowlers.
However, Jasprit Bumrah earns the title of the world best bowler, given his meteoric rise in the past few years. The Indian pacer has established himself as a mainstay in all three formats of the games. Bumrah has a knack of picking up crucial wickets at regular intervals, and is undoubtedly the best death bowler in the world at the moment.
It is a huge asset to have someone like Jasprit Bumrah in your squad, who can deliver yorkers almost for fun. He has picked up 101 wickets in just 24 Test matches so far, at an average of 22.79. In ODI Cricket, he has snatched 108 wickets in just 67 matches at an average of 25.33. Even more impressive is his average which is lower than 5 in the 50-over format.
T20I Cricket was where it all started for Jasprit Bumrah, as he made his way to the Indian team after his breakthrough performances in IPL. The 27-year-old has represented India in 50 T20Is, picking up 59 wickets at an average of 20.25. In a cricketing era, where having an economy of under 7 in T20I cricket is almost a rarity, Bumrah has entered this list in style, going at economy rate of just 6.66.
IPL has seen several world class bowlers light up the biggest stages in the past 14 editions. However, one name that stands out is the Afghanistan leg-spinner, Rashid Khan who has been a consistent performer since 2017. Having made his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad four years ago, the leg spinner has picked up 88 wickets in just 72 matches at an average of 20.26, and an impeccable average of 6.23.
Rashid Khan is one of the trickiest spinners to face in the world, given the number of variations he has up his sleeve. Rashid has had the upper hand over several top-class batters in IPL cricket, with his fearless style of bowling.
His best season came in 2020, when he picked up 20 wickets in just 16 matches at an average of 17.20, and an economy of 5.37. In this day and age, where spinners are taken to the cleaners by the big hitters, Rashid Khan has managed to keep his economy under check.
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