Top 10 All Time Greatest Bowlers in Cricket | Best Bowlers in Cricket History
In the game of cricket, there is always given more credit to a batsman. Bowlers are often missed out despite of giving match-winning performance. The media goes gaga over a batsman's century, the same appreciation is a far-cry when a bowler takes precious wickets. Bowlers get recognition when they take, say more than five wickets, for instance.
Having said that, the game of cricket was to the better part of 80's and 90's ruled by fiery pace bowlers. West Indies produced top class fast bowlers like Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, and many more. Bowlers were a major reason that West Indies won the inaugural World cup and defended successfully the next time in 1979.
More than West Indies, the Pakistanis learned more from the West Indies legends. The ninety's saw the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, and Shoib Akhtar letting their bowling speak for them. Courtesy fantastic bowling the team went on to win the world cup in 1992.
Wasim Akram's dismissed Ian Botham (England) for a duck which set the game in Pakistan's favour, though the wicket caused a controversy back in England. As the overs went Akram dismissed Alec Stewart, Graeme Hick, and Graham Gooch to leave England tattering. Akram came back again to dismiss Allan Lamb which in the meantime build a solid partnership of 71 with fellow batsman Niel Fairbrother.
In between of all this, spin bowlers from India, Sri Lanka, and Australia came to the forefront whenever their respective teams required wickets. Now the leading wicket taker in the world, Muthiah Muralidharan, an off-spinner's guide-book, opposition's worry, leads with an impressive 800 wicket in test cricket and 522 wickets in one day international (as of writing).
Below is the list of greatest bowlers that the game of cricket has ever produced. Watch as a slide show or scroll down to find the greatest bowlers of all time.
The below list was not created to demean the achievements of some other bowlers that they were not good enough, but to highlight the achievements of some of them.
To 10 Greatest Bowlers
10) Curtly Ambrose (West Indies)
9) Shaun Pollock (South Africa)
8) Sir Richard Hadlee (New Zealand)
7) Wasim Akram (Pakistan)
6) Courtney Walsh (West Indies)
5) Dennis lillee (Australia)
4) Anil Kumble (India)
3) Glenn Mcgrath (Australia)
2) Shane Warne (Australia)
1) Muthaih Muralidharan (Sri Lanka)
© 2011 Kannan Reddy
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