The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is underway. The world’s fastest bowlers will be ready to go up against the world’s best batsmen. The contest will be exciting in England and everybody is looking forward to it.
Here we look at the top five fastest bowlers, in no particular order.
1. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
Rabada has been the most prominent bowler for South Africa after Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel descended from their peaks. He is one of the best fast bowlers around and can generate speeds up to 150 kph for all his 10 overs. He has the ability to bowl in the powerplay to get the ball swinging and is also of great use in the death overs. His yorkers have stopped the likes of Andre Russell, who was in the form of his life, in IPL 2019.
2. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Bumrah’s rise to the No. 1 position in ICC ODI Bowlers’ Rankings has been pretty fast. He is a product of the Indian Premier League, where he proved himself as one of the best death bowlers. His yorker accuracy can put even the likes of Lasith Malinga to shame. With a consistent pace and a unique bowling action, batsmen find it difficult to score against him freely. He has also developed a wily slower ball that is equally effective. The length on the off-stump line and the yorker are his go-to deliveries.
3. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Starc is known as the modern-day Mitchell Johnson. He generates his rhythm through his run-up. He creates a very good angle against right-handers with the ball going away. In the last Ashes series, he used this to great effect to set up batsmen, then using a slower one. Starc can also consistently hit 150kph. He will be Australia’s key bowler in their World Cup campaign. He will have to fire if Australia want to end up among the top four in the
4. Oshane Thomas (West Indies)
Oshane Thomas is a young pacer for the West Indies. At 22 years old, he can bowl at 150 kph consistently. He may be used by the Windies more than we expect, as most of the batsmen participating in the World Cup have not seen enough of him. He can prove to be their trump card if the senior bowlers do not perform. Also, as per the , West Indies do not get a lot of rest, and they’ll need to rotate to keep their fast bowlers fresh for the tournament.
5. Jofra Archer (England)
Jofra Archer is currently the most talked about cricketer in the world. The Caribbean-born English player has risen in world cricket through various T20 leagues and domestic county cricket in England. He has been very successful in the T20 format as well as the longer format. He bowls 150 kph deliveries and can get the ball to swing a fair bit. In the warm-up matches before the World Cup, he proved the call-up was worth the hype.