Hundreds of bowlers have played international cricket in the world of cricket since the 1990s. However, there were only a handful of bowlers capable of riding the nerves of rivals.
Wasim Akram (1984 to 2003)
It would not be wrong to say that Wasim Akram, who is the fastest swing bowler from the left with a short runup, is one of the most dangerous bowlers. In his career spanning two decades, he also bled into the nose of highly skilled batsmen. Wasim is the only fast bowler to take 500 wickets in one-day matches. He has also taken 414 wickets in one-day matches.
Waqar Younis (1989 to 2003)
Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were also among the most dangerous bowlers. Waqar Younis was behind Wasim Akram in the wickets. His speedy in-cutters used to blow wickets especially for right-handed batsmen. Waqar Younis has won 373 international Test matches and 416 wickets in ODIs.
Curtly Ambrose (1988 to 2000)
In the 1990s, the West Indies’ Curley Ambrose and Courtney Wash duo were known for nabbing opposing team batsmen. Ambrose got fewer wickets than Wash, but his batsmen were more than double. The six foot seven inch tall bowler was one of the most dangerous bowlers of his time.
Shen Warren (1992 to 2007)
Australian league spinner Shane Warren used to be a nightmare for batsmen. Shane Warren not only specialized in spinning the ball in his hand, but also rode the nerves of the batsman standing in front of him. The batsman’s ability to read his mind made him even more dangerous. He took 708 wickets in Test matches.
Matthias Murley (1992 to 2011)
The Sri Lankan spinner is the highest wicket-taker in Test and ODIs. Not only did he get more wickets, he also had a lot of influence on the batsmen. Even the world’s most skilled batsmen were alert when competing against their unique off-spin bowling. Muralitharan scored 800 in Test matches and 534 wickets in ODIs during his career.
Glenn McGrath (1993 to 2007)
McGrath has hardly been able to compete with any other bowler in terms of line and length in international fast bowling. The Australian batsman has taken 563 wickets in Test matches and 381 in ODIs.
Anil Kumble (1990 to 2008)
Indian league spinner Anil Kumble is the only bowler to have taken 10 wickets in one Test match innings over the past six decades.
Saqlain Mushtaq (1995 to 2004)
Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who is spin bowling and ‘second’ in the last overs of ODIs in world cricket. Saqlain is also the youngest bowler to receive 200 ODI wickets.
Sean Polk (1995 to 2008)
Sean Polk, a junior, has forced several top-order batsmen to adopt a defensive strategy. His speed was not very fast, but the fine line and length and a certain consistency in it, was the secret of his success. Polk got 421 wickets in Test matches and 393 in ODIs.
Shoaib Akhtar (1998 to 2011)
The fast bowling of Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar made him a very dangerous bowler. Bouncers and yorkers coming at speeds of up to 150 km per hour used to scare the batsmen in front of them. When facing Shoaib Akhtar, batsmen like Servo Ganguly, Brian Lara and Gary Kirsten also looked upset.
Lassit Malanga (2004 to present)
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga banned the batsmen’s sleep early in his career with unique bowling action and high-speed yorkers. Malanga is still playing cricket but his pace has slowed down a bit. He took most of his wickets between 2007 and 2014.
Jasprit Bumrah (2016 to date)
Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as a dangerous bowler over the past few years. The extraordinary variations in ball speed and extremely accurate yorkers are extremely dangerous bowlers, especially in the death overs. Bumrah has taken 100 wickets in 60 ODIs and more than 60 wickets in a dozen Test matches.