Top 10 Tallest Bowlers in Cricket History

January 2, 2021 By Sourav


Top 10 Tallest Bowlers in Cricket History

Fast Bowlers usually stand tall, but some of them are taller than normal bowlers - like Muhammad Irfan, who is 7.1 feet tall. Here we are going to make the list of Top 10 Tallest Bowlers in Cricket History. Without any doubt, you will get the answer to who is the tallest bowler in the world and is his height. Here we go.

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10. Tom Moody (Australia)

Height: 6'7'' (200 cm)

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Tom-Moody

Thomas Masson Moody aka "Long" Tom Moody has earned his nickname for his 2.01 meter (six foot seven inches) height. His colossal frame always intimidated the batsmen. Besides Steve Waugh, he marked his name as the second only player to win the ICC Cricket World Cup twice, in 1987 and in 1999.

After his retirement from international cricket, he coached the Sri Lankan cricket team. Besides, he also guided the IPL team Kings XI Punjab. Without any doubt, he deserves his place among the tallest bowlers of all time.

9. Jason Holder (West Indies)

Height: 6'7'' (201 cm)

Jason Holder currently captains the West Indian cricket team. Besides being one of the current fastest bowlers, he also caught the attention of fans due to his 6 feet 7 inches height. Holder made his ODI debut for the West Indies against Australia in January 2013. Shortly after his international debut, he joined Chennai Super Kings in the IPL auction.

The following year, he made his international T20 debut against New Zealand. In April 2019, the West Indian cricket board named him as the captain of the squad that represented the country in the 2019 ICC World Cup. He now holds his place among the tallest bowlers in cricket.

8. Sulieman Benn (West Indies)

Height: 6'7'' (201 cm)

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Sulieman-Benn

West Indian cricketer Sulieman Jamaal Benn currently plays first-class cricket for Barbados besides representing his country. Till now, he represented the West Indian side in 26 tests and 46 ODI matches. Besides, he also represented his country in 24 T20 international matches.

With an enormous height of 6 feet 7 inches, he holds the seventh place in the list of tallest bowlers in cricket history. Besides his great height, he also caught the attention of the media for being one of the current best spin bowlers.

7. Curtly Ambrose (West Indies)

Height: 6'7'' (201 cm)

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Curtly-Ambrose

This gentle giant stands at 6'7'' during his heydays. Ambrose became the spearhead of the West Indian bowling attack from the late eighties to the turn of the century. He was about half an inch shorter than Garner, but about twice as feisty. He also had a neat line in yorkers. Ambrose finished his international cricket career with 630 wickets, out of which, 405 wickets came in test matches.

During his time, he became quite infamous for his reluctance to speak to journalists. Wisden also chose him as one of the greatest cricketers of all time way back in 1992. He also secured his place in the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame following his retirement. A panel of experts then chose him as a part of the West Indies all-time XI.

6. Chris Tremlett (England)

Height: 6'7'' (201 cm)

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Chris-Tremlett

This tall English bowler made a buzz in the media for his first-ball wicket against New Zealand in 2000. Tremlett then made his ODI debut for England against Bangladesh in 2005. He started to become one of the prime bowling attacks of the English squad but repeated injuries almost destroyed his international career. And, those issues restricted him to become a part of the first squad of the country.

Tremlett has earned praises for his wonderful bowling against Australia in the 2011 Ashes Series. Besides his great bowling skill, he also caught attention as a competent 7th or 8th down batsman. He also has seven first-class fifties to prove his batting abilities. And without any doubt, he now deserves his place among the tallest bowlers in cricket history.

5. William Boyd Rankin (Ireland)

Height: 6.8" (203 cm)

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William-Boyd-Rankin

William Boyd Rankin currently represents the Northern Ireland cricket team. He is among the very few cricketers to represent both the England and Ireland national cricket team. A talented right-arm fast bowler, Rankin now stands at 6 feet 8 inches. He represented his country in 2 test matches and 70 ODI matches till now.

Recently in May 2019, he took his 100th ODI wicket. Besides his amazing bowling ability, he also made his name as the fifth tallest bowler in the history of cricket.

4. Peter George (Australia)

Height: 6'8'' (203 cm)

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Peter-George

Peter Robert George currently plays for the Australian cricket team. Besides, he also represents the South Australian cricket team and Queensland in domestic cricket. A right-arm fast bowler, George previously played first-class cricket for Southern Redbacks.

Till now, he appeared in just a single international test match for the Australian team while taking 2 wickets. With a gigantic height of 203 cm, George definitely deserves his place in the list of tallest bowlers in cricket history.

3. Bruce Reid (Australia)

Height: 6'8'' (203 cm)

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Bruce-Reid

This lofty left-arm pacer represented the Australian cricket team from 1985 to 1992. Reid had an amazing ability to extract steep bounce from even unresponsive tracks. He started appearing in international test matches in 1985 and made his ODI debut in 1986.

He played 27 Test matches for Australia taking 113 Test wickets at an average of 24.63 runs per wicket. Besides, he also took 63 wickets in 61 ODI matches. He now holds the second runner-up spot in the list of tallest bowlers in cricket history.

2. Joel Garner (West Indies)

Height: 6'8" (203 cm)

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Joel-Garner

Known as the 'Big Bird' of Barbados, Joel Garner deserves the second place among the tallest bowlers in cricket history. This West Indian speedster ruled the roost during the Caribbean halcyon days in the seventies and eighties. He became famous for his wicked yorker that speared in at the batsman’s feet from a steepling 10 feet or so. Often his hand would be above the sightscreen too, just to make it even more difficult for the hard-pressed batsman.

Garner polished England off in the 1979 ICC World Cup final and finished with 146 ODI wickets at a tremendous average of 18.84. He also had a tremendous economy rate of 3.09 runs per over. Besides, he took 259 wickets in just 58 international test matches.

1. Mohammed Irfan (Pakistan)

Height: 7'1'' (216 cm)

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Mohammed-Irfan

Besides being the tallest bowler in cricket history, Mohammed Irfan is also one of the tallest cricket players the world has ever seen. This 7-feet-1-inch lanky pacer made his ODI debut against England in 2010. Shortly after, he lost his place in the national team of Pakistan. However, he came back stronger during the 2012-13 cricket season.

Mohammed Irfan can constantly bowl at 140 km per hour. And till now, he has 83 wickets in 60 ODI matches. Besides representing his national side, he also played for Sylhet Sixers of the Bangladesh Premier League in 2019.

Honorable mentions in the Tallest Bowlers' list:

Courtney Walsh (West Indies)

Height: 6'6'' (198 cm)

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Courtney-Walsh

Courtney Andrew Walsh still holds his place among the greatest fast bowlers in cricket history. Walsh represented the West Indies Cricket Team from 1984 to 2001, captaining the West Indies in 22 Test matches. He is best known for a remarkable opening bowling partnership along with fellow West Indian Curtly Ambrose for several years.

Courtney Walsh was the 1st bowler to surpass the 500-wickets milestone. With an amazing height of 198cm, he is the 10th Tallest Cricketers in History.

Jacob Oram (New Zealand)

Height: 6'6'' (198 cm)

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Jacob-Oram

Kiwi fast bowler Jacob Oram deserves his mention among the tallest bowlers due to his 6 feet six inches height. During his heydays, he has earned praises for obtaining a great deal of purchase from even dead tracks. His ability to bowl and bat equally well also secured his place among the greatest all-rounders of all time. Besides representing his country, he also played for the Manawatu cricket team in the Hawke Cup.

Oram also appeared in IPL, playing for Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Mumbai Indians. He secured his place among the only 36 players of New Zealand to score more than 1,000 runs in test cricket. Besides, he is one of the only six players from New Zealand to have reached the double of 1,000 ODI runs and 100 wickets.

Morne Morkel (South Africa)

Height: 6'5'' (198 cm)

Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald once cited that Morne Morkel has "genuine pace". Besides, he is also quite a useful lower-order left-handed batsman. With a great height of 6'5", he is among the tallest bowlers in cricket history. He has earned praises for his blazing fast deliveries and blistering yorkers.

Morkel can extract awesome bounce off the pitch. And till now, he has secured 309 wickets in 86 test matches and 188 wickets in 117 ODI matches. Besides representing his country, he also played for several IPL teams such as Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, and Kolkata Knight Riders.

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  1. V.Ramansthan
    V.Ramansthan February 22, 2020 09:29

    Omitted Jim Larter, England, of yesteryears, a fast bowler and the tallest.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 23, 2020 00:20

      I never heard of any bowler called Jim Larter. Can you please throw some more lights, mate?

  2. Posh Tim
    Posh Tim June 6, 2020 04:38

    I think he means this fellow, David Larter, 6'7", 80 years old now, took 666 FC wickets at 19.53 !

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das June 6, 2020 23:56

      We will definitely look into it. But, we only considered the players who played international cricket on this list.
      But, thanks for your suggestion. Keep visiting!

  3. Arslan Farid
    Arslan Farid August 21, 2020 09:10

    Irfan khan is my favorite

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