5. Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock was South Africa‘s first true fast bowler. He could swing the ball either way and hovered around the corrider of uncertainty for a batsman, imaculately consistent with his lengths. He was a street smart customer, accuracy and sharp swing being his greatest strengths. And with 421 wickets in 108 test matches, Shaun Pollock is 5th in Sportzwiki’s Top 5 Greatest Fast Bowlers.
4. Sir Richard Hadlee
Sir Richard Hadlee was not just New Zealand‘s greatest fast bowler, but their greatest ever cricketer. A fast bowler of devastating control, Hadlee was rated as the ‘master of rhythm and swing’ by the great Sir Don Bradman himself. Hadlee finished his career with 431 wickets in 86 matches, becoming the fastest to reach the milestone 400 test wickets
3. Kapil Dev
India’s first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev was the greatest fast bowler India has ever produced, and the quality fast-bowling all rounder India have failed to produce since. Kapil Dev ended with 434 test wickets, and although he isn’t spoken in the same breath as a Botham or a Hadlee, Dev’s unmatched accuracy and ability to swing the ball, usually away from right-handers, helped him forge a memorable career.
2. Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh might have not been as deadly as Malcomm Marshall or Joel Garner, but he was the ‘workhorse’ of the West Indian bowling attack. Walsh was a gentle giant, he kept plugging away just short of a good length and induced errors from the batsmen. And with 519 wickets in 132 test matches, that seems a well thought out strategy now. Courtney Walsh is second in Sportzwiki’s Top 5 Greatest Fast bowlers.
1. Glenn McGrath
McGrath was the most perfect fast bowler to have ever played the game. His main strength was his consistent off stump line and a persistent good length testing the nerves of the batsmen. McGrath ended with 563 wickets in 124 test matches at an outstanding average of 21.64 and takes the 1st spot in Sportzwiki’s Top 5 Greatest Fast Bowlers.
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