In the 90s, most of the ODI teams had some world-class fast bowlers who were great at seaming and swinging the ball. Fast bowlers have provided heavy artillery to a team’s bowling attack by running through batting line-ups and winning matches. Presenting you the Top 10 International bowlers of the 90s:
1. Wasim Akram
He is considered to be the best swing bowler of all time. He is the second-highest wicket-taker in ODIs, with 502 wickets from 356 matches at an average of 23.52. He has taken four hat-tricks in international cricket. He invented the art of the reverse swing. His highest score on the test is 256.
2. Waqar Younis
He was considered to be the deadliest swing bowler in the 90s. He could reverse the ball at a great pace. He was the youngest bowler to take 400 wickets in ODIs. He was banned for ball tampering in 2000. He had one of the best strike rates in one-day cricket. He formed a deadly new ball pair with Wasim Akram.
3. Shane Warne
He is regarded as the best leg-spinner to play in cricket. He has more than 1,000 international wickets. He delivered the ‘ball of the century’ in ashes in 1993 by dismissing Mike Gatting of England. He was banned from cricket in 2003 for one year when he tested positive for some banned medicine.
4. Curtly Ambrose
He was a real beast for even the greatest batsmen of his era. With his height, he could produce more bounce off the pitch, and together with his pace and line, it was difficult to play against him. He partnered with Courtney Walsh to become the strike force of the Windies’ fearsome bowling attack.
5. Allan Donald
He is considered to be the best bowler in South Africa to date. He was the quickest bowler during the 90s. He was described as ‘White Lightning’. He formed a potent pace attack with Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusner. He is the current bowling coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team.
6. Glenn Mcgrath
He was a disciplined bowler who was too accurate with his line and length. He was a part of four Australian World Cup squads from 1996 to 2007. He has taken 563 test wickets from 124 matches at an average of 21.64. He was the highest wicket-taker in the 2007 ODI World Cup.
7. Shaun Pollock
He is a South African fast bowler who comes from a family of cricketers. His father, Peter Pollock, and uncle, Graeme Pollock, have played for South Africa before him. He was an all-rounder who could move the ball both ways. He is best known as one of the most economical fast bowlers in the ODI format.
8. Courtney Walsh
He is the former West Indies captain and is known as one of the greatest bowlers of all time to play for the West Indies. He was the first bowler to take 500 Test wickets. He played 132 tests and 205 ODIs for the West Indies and took 519 and 227 wickets, respectively. He wrote an autobiography entitled ‘Heart of the Lion’.
9. Chaminda Vaas
He is a former international cricketer who represented Sri Lanka and he bowled right-arm fast. He is the only bowler to take an eight-wicket haul in ODIs. He is the youngest bowler to take 300 wickets in ODIs. Vaas has one of the longest names among international cricketers. He took 355 wickets from 111 test matches at an average of 29.58.
10. Javagal Srinath
He is a former Indian cricketer and is currently an ICC match referee. He was the first Indian fast bowler to take more than 300 wickets in an ODI. He took 315 ODI wickets and represented India in four World Cups. He was the second bowler after Kapil Dev to take 200 test wickets.