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Fast Bowling: Presenting the Fab 4

Previously it was believed that Batsmen are more consistent and fitter than bowlers but now it is time to finally establish the fab 4 of bowling.

Last updated: 05.10.2019
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We've spoken about the Fab 4 of batting, Kohli, Smith, Williamson and Root.

But what about bowlers? It is time to finally establish the fab 4 of bowling.

We will only consider the bowlers who excel in all three formats simultaneously.


Previously it was believed that Batsmen are more consistent and fitter than bowlers but the kind of temperament and consistency bowlers are showing nowadays, it's hard to ignore them.

This brings us to top 4 bowlers of 2019 who had shown their class in all three formats of the game.


1) Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah is one of the best pacers India has ever produced. For him, conditions and the pitch does not matter and all credits of his toe-crushing. Yorkers must go to Lasith Malinga and the Mumbai Indians. He made his limited-overs debut in 2016 against Australia and since then he has been an integral part of team India.

2018 was the year for Jasprit Bumrah. He was picked up for the longest format of the game against South Africa.

On 5th Jan 2018, he made his test debut in Cape town and surprised many as he stared ahead of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But he didn't disappoint the captain and started his career with a bang by taking AB de Villiers as his maiden test wicket. He took 14 wickets in that series which included a fifer in the 3rd test.

Later the same year he impressed, every one with his swinging abilities and made a significant impact in England. He played a crucial role in bowling as Pujara did in batting against Australia by defeating them on the scoreline of 2-1.

In total Bumrah had played 12 test and picked 62 wickets. Whereas he has played 58 ODI's and 42 T20'S and picked 104 and 51 wickets respectively.


2)  Kagiso Rabada

Leader of South African pace attack. Rabada never let Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, the legends, overshadow him. With his deadly pace, he is dominating all batting line ups. He is never afraid of getting beaten by batsmen and always tries to hit the deck hard. In 2015 he showed a lot of character when he defended a mere total of 11 runs against the chase master MS Dhoni. He becomes more dangerous when he swings the ball with his deadly pace. 

Rabada has played 37  test matches and has taken 176 wickets. On the other hand, he already has 98 wickets in 62 ODI's


3) Pat Cummins

The darkest days of Australian cricket when Steve Smith, David Warner and Bancroft were banned due to sandpaper gates in Cape Town,  South Africa. The team was all low but there was someone doing all hard work. Pat Cummins has been doing exceptionally well for Australia for over the last 2 years. Cummins has been the spearhead of Australian bowling attack With Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood as partners in crime. He is certainly the go-to go bowler for Australia in all the 3 formats.

Recently he was the leading wicket-taker in the Ashes where he took 29 Wickets. And he is currently no. 1 in ICC test rankings.

He has already taken 94 Test wickets in 20 matches he has played and in 58 ODI's he has scalped 96 wickets.


4) Trent Boult

The list will be incomplete without the mention of Trent Boult. The left armer kiwi has been rated as one of the best bowlers.

Boult poses a threat to every batsman as he swings the ball both ways and at the same time clicks 140-150 kph.

Boult is considered as one of the fittest fast bowlers and he is consistently playing all the three formats of the game. New Zealand doesn't play similar no. of matches which India, Australia or South Africa plays but Boult still manages to play a full season of the IPL.

With so much cricket around it's not easy as a fast bowler to maintain such a fitness level and that's why Boult is considered one of the modern days great.

In 59 tests, Boult has managed to take 233 scalps at an average of 27. In ODIs, he has had 147 victims at an impressive average of 24.

Check out here the list of Top 10 greatest fast bowlers of all time

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