With Dale Steyn enters the elite club of 400, floods of astonishing facts starts coming out in public domain. He is the ninth fast bowlers to enter the 400 club.

One of the superb facts about this bowler is strike rate. So far he bowls 16685 and took wicket in every 41 balls. The best among the 400 club members, and best among the bowlers who played at least 50 Test as a bowler.

 Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh opener was caught at the slip cordon by South Africa captain Hasim Amla off the ball of Dale Steyn, and eventually becomes Steyn’s 400th victim.

But, in general, Steyn is not the first bowler who have best strike rate. Before him only one bowler has bowled with better strike rate is Shane Bond in the 21 century; and before Bond, two  19th century bowlers bowled minimum 2000 balls with superior strike rate.  

Point be noted, Dale Steyn is the only bowler who played 80 matches, among the top five bowlers who have better strike rate.

None of the top three have played even 30 matches.  But, in a short span of time they won the heart of cricket fans across the world. They left cricket breaking the heart of fans.  When fans were looking for beautiful spells from them, injury forced them to think about the early retirement.

Among the TOP 10 bowlers whose sojourn in cricket was whacking, Waqar Younis is one of the bowlers who played 87 Tests and make people love his bowling.

Leave aside two bowlers- Dale Steyn and Waqar Younis- the remaining eight had to leave the game they loved most due to injury among others.

Here is the list TOP 10 bowlers who cherished bowling career with better strike rate:  

#1George Lohmann, England

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

18

1886-1896

3830

1205

112

10.75

1.88

34.1

9

5

 

#2 John James Ferris, Australia/England

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

9

1887-1892

2302

775

61

12.70

2.01

37.7

6

1

 

#3 Shane Bond, New Zealand

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

18

2001-2009

3372

1922

87

22.09

3.41

38.7

5

1

 

#4 Sydney Barnes , England

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

27

1901-1914

7873

3106

189

16.43

2.36

41.6

24

7

 

#5 Dale Steyn, South Africa

 

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

80

2004-2015

9034

3106

400

22.58

3.24

41.7

25

5

 

#6 Bert Volger, South Africa

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

15

1906-1911

2764

1455

64

22.73

3.15

43.1

5

1

#7 Waqar Younis, Pakistan

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

87

1989-2003

16224

8788

373

23.56

3.25

43.4

22

5

 

# 8 Frederick Spofforth, Australia

 

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

18

1877-1887

4185

1731

94

18.41

2.48

44.5

7

4

 

#9 Billy Barnes, England

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

21

1880-1890

2289

793

51

15.54

2.07

44.8

3

0

 

#10 Jack Cowie, New Zealand

 

Matches

Span

Balls

Runs

Wickets

Average

Economy

Strike Rate

5W/Innings

10W/Test

9

1937-1949

2028

969

45

21.53

2.86

45.0

4

1

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