Current Fastest Bowlers
There is absolutely no doubt that Pat Cummins is the best bowler in world cricket at the moment. The ace Australian fast bowler is supremely consistent in each of the three formats. He made his debut across all formats in 2011, but the first half of his career was constantly plagued by injuries. However, ever since he returned to Test cricket in 2017, Cummins has been on another level. He bowls with an express pace and can get the ball to nip around both ways as well. He constantly goes past the 140-kmph mark and has even breached the 150-kmph mark on quite a few occasions.
When Jasprit Bumrah first came to the fore, there were a lot of speculations around his longevity and his awkward action. He was also tipped as a T20 specialist. However, the Gujarat fast bowler has turned into one of the best fast bowlers of this era and is one of the premier bowlers for India across all formats. He made his white-ball debut in 2016 and his Test debut came in January 2018. Since then, be it Tests, ODIs, or T20Is, Bumrah has consistently delivered for India. He has the ability to crank up pace and bowl at high speeds. He regularly bowls over 140 kmph and has reached 150 kmph a few times as well. Alongside his express pace, his line and length are immaculate as well.
After Dale Steyn’s slew of injuries, it is Kagiso Rabada who has carried the mantle of the fast bowling spearhead for South Africa. He made his T20 debut in 2014 and his ODI and Test debuts came in 2015. He made a big impact straightaway and he has been very reliable for the Proteas. Rabada has been pretty fit and hasn’t really had too many injuries either. He constantly bowls at high speeds in all formats of the game and gets the ball to jag around quite a bit in Test cricket as well.
Even before his international debut, the world was talking about Jofra Archer. The Barbados-born fast bowler had made huge headlines in the world of T20 cricket as he performed brilliantly in the IPL and the BBL. Furthermore, his performances in the County Championship were excellent as well. Hence, with ECB’s qualification rule tweaked in 2019, Archer was fast-tracked into the England side and he made his debut in all formats of the game in 2019. He has been a key member since then. On his day, Archer can send down thunderbolts and bowls at rapid speeds. He showed that in his debut Test series which was the 2019 Ashes in England. Archer consistently clocked over 150 kmph and even touched 155 kmph.
Anrich Nortje has come through the ranks in South African cricket and has become a vital cog in the bowling attack across all three formats. He made his debut in each of the three formats back in 2019. Since then, he has been a regular member of the South African squad. He bowls at a high pace and can rattle any batter in the world. In fact, in the 2020 season of the IPL, Nortje bowled the fastest ball in the history of the Indian T20 league when he touched 156.2 kmph.
Mitchell Starc has been around for a while now and he is one of Australia’s premier fast bowlers across all formats. The left-arm fast bowler can get wayward and look off-colour at times. However, once he finds his rhythm and tempo, he can run through sides. Moreover, Starc can send down thunderbolts. In fact, Starc also holds the record for the fastest ball in the history of Test cricket – 160.4 kmph against New Zealand in 2015. He has the knack of running through sides, especially the lower order in Test cricket and is a lethal white-ball bowler too.
Lockie Ferguson is another fast bowler who can regularly clock in excess of 145 kmph. He made his ODI and T20I debuts in 2016 and 2017 respectively and first donned the whites in 2019. However, the Auckland-born fast bowler has played a mere one Test match. But he has been one of the regular members of the ODI and T20I New Zealand sides. Injuries have hampered his career a bit in the recent past but he is certainly one of the fastest bowlers going around in world cricket at the moment.
Mark Wood is regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in the England cricketing circles. He has been around international cricket for six years now. He made his debut in each of the three formats back in 2015, but injuries and fitness issues have hindered his career frequently. However, Wood has constantly bowled at super high speeds. He bowled a 154 kmph delivery in the final of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand. Recently, he bowled a 154.98 kmph delivery in the T20I series in India.
Adam Milne has been around the New Zealand scene for more than a decade. He made his T20I debut back in 2010 and first played ODI cricket in 2012. Yet, he hasn’t been a regular member of the white-ball sides. Injuries have plagued his career massively. He was considered as one of the fastest bowlers in New Zealand cricket and could hurry the most batters with sheer pace. Milne once sent down a 153.2 kmph delivery against West Indies in a T20I in 2014.
Wahab Riaz has been around the international cricket arena for more than 13 years now. He has always had the pace and on his day, he could run through sides. The left-arm fast bowler has had multiple moments when he made the world sit up and take notice, most notably in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. However, inconsistency saw him being in and out of the Pakistan side across all formats. His fastest delivery came in the 2015 World Cup in a game against India where he clocked 154.5 kmph.
There has been a revolution in fast bowling in the recent past. There are some high-quality and high-performing fast bowlers all around world cricket. In fact, almost every team has a battery of fast bowlers who have been making headlines and creating a huge impact on games consistently. There are a few bowlers who have sent down thunderbolts and here are a few of the top fastest deliveries bowled in international cricket by the active players.
Fastest Deliveries Bowled by Current Fast Bowlers in International Cricket
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