Despite how importantly the game has evolved over the decades, a fast bowler has become one of the most fascinating sights on the cricket pitch.
When it comes to ODI cricket, the role of pacers alone has made a big difference in pace, and there is not enough to cut it. Variety has become important, including slow delivery, especially in death overs
Although the importance of spinners in the limited overs format has increased lately, pacers remain a key part of any captain’s plan. Most of their over bowling in the powerplay means that it is important for any team to be of good quality in their pace attack.
There are currently a number of elite fast bowlers in ODIs and it is hard to separate cream from cream. We have tried to rank the top eight fast bowlers in four different levels.
Pat Cummins – Australia
Although he is the world’s number one Test bowler from a distance, Pat Cummins is now beginning to make an impact in the 50-over format as well. His recent performances against India, South Africa and New Zealand show a man who looks equally comfortable bowling with red and white balls.
The main asset of Cummins is its accuracy, including being able to maintain a consistent line and length during a spell right-arm. His sharp bounce from length makes it difficult for him to move away and he can move the ball side by side in both ways.
After a five-year injury puzzle spell of a pacer who is truly enjoying his cricket, Cummins is moving from strength to strength with each passing series. The Kolkata Knight Riders have spent এক 1 million to secure his services in the 2020 IPL season and he is still 226 years old for the future of Australia.
Chris Oaks – England
The array of England’s star players means Chris Oak’s great work is often overlooked. The all-rounder is not faster than any stretch, but he can be relied on for some important wickets.
Since 2013, Wu X has taken ODI1 ODI wickets for England at an average of just 2.4.49. His ability to move the ball away from the right-hander has posed a formidable threat to him as a newcomer and has led England to some significant success in their 2012 World Cup campaign.
A silky smooth action and a great seam position can mean a lot of damage without bowling at the Ops Express speed. With the help of a few runs at bat, he can also chip in the fact that the England ODI team must make OK. He is certainly an underrated bowler and should be given more credit for his performance for England over the last three years.
Kagiso Rabada – South Africa
While Archer is only returning to the scene at 25, Kagzio Rabda is already experienced at 24 in South Africa
The burning youngster has already played 755 ODIs for the Proteas and has managed to take 117 wickets at an average of 227.34. The right-arm has already earned the distinction of being the youngest bowler to achieve the No. 1 Test ranking, and a decade of potential cricket will attract more attention before him.
With some sharp seam movement as well as the blazing speed makes Rabada a tough customer to handle for any batsman. He was a bit off-color in 2012 and the drop in his form helped South Africa’s sad 2019 World Cup campaign.
But he will never shy away from the challenge, and will be keen to return to form for the Proteas next month.
Mohammad Shami – India
He has probably played 30 ODIs since 2013, but when it comes to playing big for India, Mohammad Shami is always the first name on the team page.
He was India’s top bowler at the 2015 World Cup, where he advanced to the semifinals after an otherwise flawless campaign. His ODI performance proves that he has taken 144 wickets at an average of just 25.42 in 77 matches.
Able to bowl consistently at a speed of about 145 kmph, Shamir’s ability to generate movement with both new and old balls makes him a proponent for any batsman.
He’s particularly effective with the old ball and knocking him out aiming at the stumps dismisses him several clean-bolds.
Michelle Stark – Australia
Mitchell Starc has played only 32 ODIs for Australia since the start of 2017, yet he has not become one of the most feared ODI bowlers in the world. Career ODI bowling average is only 22.22, Starc white ball in hand gravy different.
A big part of him playing a few matches in the last few years is the idea of saving him at the big events in Australia. Stark is the man who loves to deliver when the most important and his Man of the Tournament award at the 2015 World Cup is proof of this feature.
His 22 wickets in the campaign gave Australia a record fifth title and set the tone for the hosts’ victory in the final by dismissing Brendon McCullum in the first over of the game. Even at the 2012 World Cup, Starc spent his moments with a thrilling yorker to clear the stumps of well-set Ben Stokes in a round-robin clash against England.
The man who can shake the ball at a clear pace is a philosophy that no opening batsman in the world wants to see.
Joffra Archer – England
It is still Joffra Archer’s early debut in international cricket, but has already had some impact from the Windies-born fast bowler. Before Archer’s debut in England last year, he impressed the pacer in various franchise T20 leagues, including the IPL, and his talent was there for all to see.
Express pace, an average bouncer, steering yorkers and great slow-paced supplies make Archer a complete package of limited-overs cricket. He was one of the main heroes of England’s World Cup victory with 21 wickets during the campaign.
He sprinkled a lot of batsmen in helmets with bouncers including South African bowler Hashim Amla. It is not difficult to determine why the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is so keen to track Archer’s residency fast. That’s exactly what England’s limited-overs pace attack has been missing for years, and his arrival has turned them into the most well-rounded outfits.
It has been 14 ODIs for Archer so far, but he has just enough time to achieve 25-year-old stardom.
Trent Bolt – New Zealand
Trent Bolt is a key figure in the Blackcaps for the best part of a decade, with the ability to generate movement even on the most unresponsive times of pitches.
The left-armr can swing the ball in two ways, although his ability to bring the ball back to the right hand as the ball remains in his calling card. 1 164 ODI wickets for New Zealand at a great average of 25.29, one of the fastest bowlers in the Bult business.
Since 2013, no pacer has taken more wickets than Bolt, who has claimed 91 scalps during this period. He is his strongest with the new ball in hand, though he is equally effective in death overs with his clever off-cutters and yorkers.
His 1 wicket wicket in the tournament set a record for New Zealand to reach the final of the 2012 World Cup and in the end it was unfortunate to come up with a runners-up medal.
Jaspreet Bumrah – India
After Bolt, it was Jaspreet Bumrah, the fastest pacer since 201, who took 8 wickets at an average of 26.34. More importantly, it’s Boomer’s stingy economy-rate that sets him apart from the rest of the pack.
With a career-best ODI economy rate of just 4.55, Bumrah is currently the biggest economic fast bowler miles in the business due to his ability to bowl pinpoint yorkers in death overs and with it the slow delivery of camouflage. His stupid and unconventional bowling action only makes it more difficult for batsmen to pick him.
After gaining a reputation for his skills under Lasith Malinga with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Bumrah is now making a name for himself in the Test arena as well. However, with the white ball he is the deadliest and can always be relied on for throwing 10 quiet overs. He has just come back from stress and India will hope that he can quickly discover the old rhythm that made him the best in the world.
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