Top 10 Current Fastest Bowlers in Cricket World [2020 Updated]

October 3, 2020 By Sourav


Top 10 Current Fastest Bowlers in Cricket World [2020 Updated]

A whirlwind delivery by a bowler can send someone from the crease to the pavilion even before the player realizes it. While it's amazing to watch batsmen skinning the opponents, it's equally fun to watch the bowler baffle everyone with speed. Let's take a look at the Top 10 Current Fastest Bowlers in the World of Cricket.

Top 10 Current Fastest Bowlers in the World of Cricket 2020

Cricket now has nearly 2 Billion of its fans worldwide. Both bowlers and batsmen play an equal role in one of the most popular sports in the world, cricket. It is true that a powerful batsman is a good enough reason to fear a cricket team. But it is also true that a fast bowler is someone who can score even the best of batsmen. This list is based on the current performance of the bowlers and is updated according to the stats as of January 2020. So enjoy the entire list of current fastest bowlers to stay updated about the recent cricketing scenario.

10. Umesh Yadav vs. Sri Lanka – 146.6 Kph

Umesh Yadav, the right-arm fast bowler, happens to be India’s fastest bowlers today, with an average speed of 138.7 km per hour, which puts him in the same rank as Pakistan’s Wahab Riyaz among the fastest in the world.

Yadav’s speediest delivery was at the rate of 146.6 kph on 26th July 2017 during the first Test, and the unfortunate team to face his wrathful bowling was India’s neighbor, Sri Lanka. During the test, Yadav managed to take two wickets, one of Dimuth Karunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka.

9. Kagiso Rabada vs. England – 147 Kph

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada might just be 22 years old, but he is already one of the fastest bowlers in the cricket world, having hit an average rate of 138.3 kph, which he pushed up to a stunning 147 kph during a match against England.

It was the 3rd Test, played on 27th July 2017. The right-arm fast bowler, who stands in the same position as India’s Jasprit Bumrah on the international list of bowlers with the greatest speed, took 4 wickets in the 3rd Test, played at one of the biggest cricket stadiums, The Oval.

8. Liam Plunkett vs. South Africa – 147.3 Kph

Right-arm fast bowler Liam Plunket represents England and has average speed of 137 kph. While this speed does not place him among the top ten fastest bowlers who are currently playing, he has still secured 8th place among the top 10 fastest bowlers based on top speed achieved.

He made a delivery at an incredible speed of 147.3 in a match on 10th July 2017. England faced South Africa in the 3rd T20I conflict, and Plunkett lived up to T20’s reputation of speed.

7. Adam Milne vs. Bangladesh – 147.7 Kph

Right-arm fast bowlers Adam Milne is one of the key players of New Zealand, noted for his amazing speed. His average rate of delivery is 138.4 kph, which puts him on the list of top ten. And, he pushed this number up to a stunning 147.7 kph in a Champions Trophy match, played on 9th June 2017.

The team which had the misfortune of facing his faster-than-the-wind delivery was Bangladesh. He managed to take a wicket in this match, as well.

6. Jasprit Bumrah vs. Pakistan – 148.1 Kph

Cricket’s world’s biggest rivals, India and Pakistan, came face to face in the Champions Trophy final match at The Oval on 18th June 2017, when India’s Jasprit Bumrah made the fastest delivery of his career, at a rate of 148.1 kph, which made him one of the 10 fastest bowlers playing today.

This right-arm fast-medium bowler has one of the fastest average speeds as well, at 138.3 kph. This super-fast delivery undoubtedly made its place among the best moments of the India vs. Pakistan cricket rivalry. However, Bumrah failed to take a wicket in this thrilling cricket match.

5. Shannon Gabriel vs. Pakistan – 148.2 Kph

30-year old West Indian right-arm fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is considered a key player of Trinidad and Tobago's attack today and is among the most stunning bowlers. He is a force to reckon with, even as he has missed securing a place among the top ten bowlers with the highest average speed by just 0.1 kph, because of his pace of 137.9 kph.

His highest delivery, however, was at 148.2 kph in the 3rd Test against Pakistan on 10th May 2017, when he gathered 2 wickets.

4. Tymal Mills vs. India – 149 Kph

At the age of 25, Tymall Mills has already set a record that might be hard to follow. He has managed to deliver a ball at 149 kph, making him the fastest player among the current cricketers, based on the top speed achieved.

His average-speed might 131.5 kph, but managed to attain this massive rate in a match against India at Bangalore on 1st February 2017. It was the 3rd T20I confrontation between the two big names, and he also managed to take a wicket in the match.

3. Pat Cummins vs. England – 149.2 Kph

Australia’s right-arm fast bowler and bowling all-rounder, Pat Cummings, has two major records in the world of cricket – and he is just 24! First, he has the fastest bowling speed in the world, with an average rate of 143.3 kph. Second – he made the second-fastest bowling delivery, at a rate of 149.2 kph.

England faced this Australian tornado at Edgbaston on 10th June 2017 for a Champions Trophy match. If Cummins, one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, had been just 0.4 kph faster, he would be at the top of this list!

2. Wahab Riaz vs. India – 149.6 Kph

Pakistan’s 32-year-old left-arm fast bowler, Wahab Riaz leads the list of fastest bowlers with the top speedy delivery, with a delivery made at 149.6 kph. This fabulous performance was at Edgbaston on 4th June 2017 during a Champions Trophy match.

The team that had to cope with Riaz’s angry delivery is Pakistan’s cricket enemy, India, in one of the greatest rivalries in the sports world. Riaz, who also features among the bowlers with the highest average speed with 138.7 kph rate, took wickets in the match, too.

1. Mitchell Starc vs. England – 160.4 Kph

Australia’s Mitchell Starc is a left-arm fast bowler, and has the second-highest average speed among the current bowlers in the world, with an amazing rate of 143.2 kph, which makes him lose out on the top spot by just 0.1 kph. His highest delivery was at a rate of 160.4 kph when his team faced New Zealand.

It was a Champions Trophy match that took place at Edgbaston on 10th June 2017. During this match, Starc also succeeded in taking a wicket, besides being a super-fast bowler.

Honorable mentions in current fastest bowlers

Billy Stanlake vs. New Zealand - 151.5 Kph

The Australian speed machine, Billy Stanlake, has already made his name in the current fast bowling scenario. Although he failed to achieve his place in the ICC World Cup 2019 squad of Australia, he displayed a great bowling talent till now. He clocked a 151.5 km/hour delivery when his team faces New Zealand in February 2018. Besides, he also delivered a 151.38 kph ball in the last season of IPL.

Jofra Archer [IPL] – 152.39 Kph

The domestic player of England, Jofra Archer, is yet to display his talent in the international circuit. But, he already proved his worth in the Indian Premier League. He achieved his place among the current fastest bowlers as he constantly bowled above 150km/hour in domestic cricket. Archer then created a buzz in the media after the clocked a 152.39 kph delivery in the IPL.

Current Fastest Bowlers according to Top Speed

Rank Bowler Delivery Speed (Kph) Bowling Style Match Date
1 Mitchell Starc 160.4 Left Arm Australia vs New Zealand 10th June 2017
2 Wahab Riaz 149.6 Left Arm Champions Trophy 4 June 2015
3 Pat Cummins 149.2 Right Arm Champions Trophy: England v Australia 1 February 2017
4 Tymal Mills 149.0 Left Arm 3rd T20I: India v England 10 June 2017
5 Shannon Gabriel 148.2 Right Arm 3rd Test: West Indies v Pakistan 10 May 2017
6 Jasprit Bumrah 148.1 Right Arm Champions Trophy Final 18 June 2017
7 Adam Milne 147.7 Right Arm Champions Trophy: New Zealand v Bangladesh 9 June 2017
8 Liam Plunkett 147.3 Right Arm 3rd T20I: England v South Africa 10 July 2017
9 Kagiso Rabada 147.0 Right Arm 3rd Test: England v South Africa 27 July 2017
10 Umesh Yadav 146.6 Right Arm 1st Test: Sri Lanka v India 26 July 2017

This list of fast, almost insane, deliveries by the current fastest bowlers, is a compilation prepared on the basis of recent international matches. With the Hawkeye data being the main source of such information, available on the ICC website. However, in some cases, the necessary data is unavailable. Besides, some host broadcaster or board might use other ball tracking methods like the Virtual System, as seen in the case of Australia. Either way, it’s a good enough reason to celebrate the scary bowlers for their performances on the field!

Current Fastest Bowlers according to Average Speed

Rank Bowler Average Speed (Kph) Fastest Delivery (Kph) Bowling Style Country
1 Pat Cummins 143.3 149.2 Right Arm Australia
2 Mitchell Starc 143.2 148.5 Left Arm Australia
3 Mohammad Amir 140.9 145.1 Left Arm Pakistan
4 Wahab Riaz 138.7 149.6 Left Arm Pakistan
5 Umesh Yadav 138.7 146.6 Right Arm India
6 Mark Wood 138.5 145.0 Right Arm England
7 Adam Milne 138.4 147.7 Right Arm New Zealand
8 Jasprit Bumrah 138.3 148.1 Right Arm India
9 Kagiso Rabada 138.3 147.0 Right Arm South Africa
10 Mohammed Shami 138.0 145.2 Right Arm India

Several other players, such as Australia's Josh Hazlewood and Pakistan's Hasan Ali, deserve their place in the list. Both of them recently earned their places in the ICC ODI bowling ranking of 2019. We hope you liked the list of current fastest bowlers in the cricket scenario of 2020. Don't forget to send us your opinion on this list.

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  1. Luigi Riojas
    Luigi Riojas June 19, 2019 23:37

    Keep functioning ,remarkable job!

    1. Sarmad Khan
      Sarmad khan March 26, 2020 02:34

      C'mon i personally saw naseem and hassnain bowl above 150 in international match

  2. Us
    us July 25, 2019 09:45

    As a Newbie, I am permanently searching online for articles that can be of assistance to me. Thank you

  3. Shalinda
    Shalinda August 24, 2019 13:17

    I can't see here new sri Lankan fast bowler Lahiru kumara. He bowled nearly 150kmp.

  4. DC Graphix
    DC Graphix August 24, 2019 23:39

    Where is Lahiru Kumara he reached 150+ in yesterday vs New Zealand.

  5. Shan
    Shan September 15, 2019 00:06

    Funny how Muhammed Husnain isnít on the list despite being the quickest in the world alongside Archer bowling 155.11 at the CPL...

  6. Zahidul Hoque
    Zahidul hoque November 29, 2019 12:00

    oww..so extraordinary baller

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das December 12, 2019 02:43

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  9. Tera Baap
    tera baap January 31, 2020 11:54

    Where is Shoaib Akhtar with 161.3 kmph?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das January 31, 2020 23:45

      It is about the current fastest bowler. Kindly read the title of the article.
      We also have a all-time list of fastest bowlers that have Shoaib on top.

  10. Yin
    yin February 13, 2020 19:14

    Didn't acher and wood clocked 96mph last year ?

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 14, 2020 00:33

      Do you have any valid source of that claim? Kindly provide us, so that we can take a deeper look in it to update this list.

  11. Hanmant
    Hanmant February 14, 2020 16:53

    Navdeep Saini be like :- may I joke 2 u ???

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 15, 2020 00:13

      He is yet to prove his speed in the international circuit.

  12. Tait
    Tait February 17, 2020 21:38

    Mitch Starc is left armer.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 17, 2020 23:54

      Yes, we all know that. But, what is your point?

  13. Anas
    Anas February 20, 2020 03:37

    Navadeep saini bumra and many other bowlers not are in the list especially archer bowled has bowled more than 150km

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das February 21, 2020 00:27

      If you are talking about Jofra Archer, then he is on the list. You should again check the list mate.

  14. Steve
    Steve March 31, 2020 02:19

    Excuse me but all of this is bullcrap. Bowlers often break 150+ km/h. I am sorry but check your facts, please.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 1, 2020 00:35

      These are the fastest bowlers in the international circuit. And, these statistics are proven with speed measuring tool.

  15. Ali Naqvi
    Ali Naqvi April 23, 2020 20:32

    Pakistan has a new pace battery of Hasnain, Naseem shah, Moosa Khan and Harris Rauf all of them are 150 plus........

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das April 24, 2020 00:18

      Yes, they are undoubtedly talented. But, they are yet to prove themselves in the international circuit, especially against big teams in big tournaments.

  16. Bucket Man
    Bucket Man June 29, 2020 04:59

    In the average speed table, it has Starc's top speed at 148.5, not 160.4. Please could you update that table? Thanks

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das June 30, 2020 00:07

      That is the average fastest speed in any match that Starc has played in recent years. We hope this could clear your doubts.
      And, thanks for visiting our sports blog. Keep visiting!

  17. Bivesh Sharma
    Bivesh Sharma July 16, 2020 15:28

    Update as of now as there are Mark Wood, Naseem Shah, Anrich Nortje etc.

    1. Sourav Das
      Sourav Das July 17, 2020 00:31

      We only listed international players who participate regularly. Anrich averaged around 150 but never crossed the highest line already set by other players.

  18. Ahamad Danish Afzal
    Ahamad Danish Afzal October 15, 2020 09:28

    Good read. but you have not taken into account the league crickets like IPL, most of the above bowlers have clocked 150 in that. And just yesterday Anrich Nortje clocked 156.2 >_< Beast!

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