Top 10 Fast Bowlers In T20I World Cups

Our T20 International (T20I) ratings take into account all matches from the first T20I match on February 17, 2005 till the below mentioned last update date. The Ratings are divided into 5 sections which take into account the number of wickets taken; the average of bowlers; their economy rate; their best performances by wickets and their top most economic spells. How the rating works is explained in highlighted sections. So, here are the Top 10 Fast bowlers in World Cup cricket

*Note: All T20I Ratings are updated till 2022-11-13

WORLD CUP Rating

This rating only includes stats of Fast bowlers in World Cup cricket. The rating is divided into sections to make it easy to understand how it is calculated. Before each section, its criteria is highlighted in bold. Our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier bowlers may change if current bowlers set new benchmarks.

Top Teams (TT)

Top Teams play an integral part in our T20I Rating. The Average (Con) and Economy (Eco) sections are divided into overall stats as well as stats against the top teams. Moreover, the best (BBW) and most economic (BBE) performances only include performances against the top teams. Here is how the Top Teams are calculated:-

  • Win/Loss Ratio is used to determine top teams.
  • The top teams are calculated by decades.
  • To be a top team, the team should be among the top teams of the decade overall.
  • A team is also included in top teams if it is a World Cup winner in that decade.
  • A bowler’s performace is counted in TT if he played against that team in that decade.
  • Knock Out matches of ICC World Cup are also included in TT.
  • The Top Teams may be found in the last section of the rating.
The Trend Setter

The Trend Setter (TS) is the player which does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated as percentage points of TS. Let’s taken an example to understand it:-

  • Let’s assume that Trent Boult has taken 100 wkts, which is the highest. This makes him the TS.
  • Another player, say Dale Steyn, has taken 50 wkts.
  • If the rating is out of 200, Boult will get the full points (pts), that is 200.
  • The points of Steyn are calculated as His Wkts/Boult’s Wkts*200. This comes out to be 100.
  • Thus the formula is (Wkts Taken/Wkts Taken By TS)*Max Points.
  • All ratings are calculated similarly with Wkts being replaced by the Criteria Stat.
  • Obviously, for average the formula is reverased as lower average is better for a bowler.
  • For Average, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has taken a minimum number of wickets.
  • For Economy, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has bowled a minimum number of balls.
  • If a bowler doesn’t fulfill the criteria of TS but has done better, he gets the max points but his stat is not taken as benchmark.
  • Lastly, it is to be noted that it is not necessary for a TS to be part of the rating as he might have topped in a criteria but not done well in others.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 5
Min Innings (TT) 5
Min Wickets (TS AVE) 10
Min Balls (TS ECO) 100

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Wickets Taken

RANK BOWLER NAT FP LP INNS WKTS RAT
TS SL Malinga SL 2006 2020 31 38 200.00
1 SL Malinga SL 2006 2020 31 38 200.00
2 Umar Gul PAK 2007 2016 24 35 184.21
3 DW Steyn SA 2007 2020 23 30 157.89
4 TG Southee NZ 2008 2022 22 29 152.63
5 TA Boult NZ 2013 2022 14 25 131.58
6 AA Nortje SA 2019 2022 10 20 105.26
7 WD Parnell SA 2009 2022 14 18 94.74
8 RP Singh IND 2007 2009 8 14 73.68
9 SM Curran ENG 2019 2022 6 13 68.42
10 SW Tait AUS 2007 2016 7 9 47.37
C Ave

The Comparative Average (C Ave) for bowlers is calculated by taken into account two factors:-

  • First is the average of batsmen in the decades the bowler played.
  • Second is the average of the opposition batsmen at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The average of the opposing team’s batsmen is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C Ave suggest that more runs were scored by the batsmen in the above mentioned factors.
  • Thus it was difficult to get Wkts and the bowler will benefit from this.
  • Lower C Ave means the opposite.
R Ave

The Relative Average (R Ave) is calculated using the C Ave. Its formula is (Bowler Ave/C Ave)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C Ave is comparatively high, your R Ave will be low; which is better for bowlers. Broadly speaking, the following bowlers will benefit from this system:-

  • Bowlers who have played more in unfavourable conditions.
  • Bowlers who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For R Ave

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS AA Nortje 10 198 20 9.90 27.75 9.45 150.00
1 AA Nortje 10 198 20 9.90 27.75 9.45 150.00
2 SM Curran 6 148 13 11.38 27.19 11.10 127.78
3 RP Singh 8 185 14 13.21 28.70 12.20 116.21
4 TA Boult 14 366 25 14.64 26.03 14.90 95.14
5 SW Tait 7 131 9 14.56 25.64 15.04 94.26
6 WD Parnell 14 309 18 17.17 27.30 16.67 85.09
7 Umar Gul 24 604 35 17.26 26.66 17.15 82.66
8 SL Malinga 31 763 38 20.08 27.48 19.37 73.22
9 DW Steyn 23 579 30 19.30 26.34 19.42 73.02
10 TG Southee 22 609 29 21.00 26.06 21.36 66.39

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS SM Curran 5 117 11 10.64 27.19 10.37 150.00
1 SM Curran 5 117 11 10.64 27.19 10.37 150.00
2 RP Singh 8 185 14 13.21 28.70 12.20 127.45
3 TA Boult 10 254 20 12.70 26.03 12.93 120.29
4 AA Nortje 7 170 12 14.17 27.75 13.53 114.96
5 WD Parnell 11 253 17 14.88 27.30 14.45 107.64
6 SW Tait 7 131 9 14.56 25.64 15.04 103.38
7 Umar Gul 20 529 27 19.59 26.66 19.48 79.85
8 DW Steyn 20 530 25 21.20 26.34 21.33 72.91
9 SL Malinga 25 692 30 23.07 27.48 22.25 69.90
10 TG Southee 18 523 23 22.74 26.06 23.13 67.25
C ER And R ER

The Comparative Economy Rate (C ER) and Relative Economy Rate (R ER) for bowlers is calculated using the same method as in C Ave and R Ave with average replaced with ER.

ECONOMIC


Criteria: Points For R ER

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS AA Nortje 10 221 198 5.38 8.49 5.22 150.00
1 AA Nortje 10 221 198 5.38 8.49 5.22 150.00
2 SW Tait 7 142 131 5.54 8.12 5.62 139.35
3 SM Curran 6 136 148 6.53 8.55 6.30 124.40
4 RP Singh 8 174 185 6.38 8.16 6.45 121.57
5 TA Boult 14 334 366 6.57 8.30 6.53 119.92
6 WD Parnell 14 275 309 6.74 8.30 6.70 116.99
7 DW Steyn 23 499 579 6.96 8.13 7.06 110.93
8 Umar Gul 24 496 604 7.31 8.11 7.43 105.50
9 SL Malinga 31 616 763 7.43 8.16 7.51 104.35
10 TG Southee 22 481 609 7.60 8.26 7.59 103.30

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS SW Tait 7 142 131 5.54 8.12 5.62 150.00
1 SW Tait 7 142 131 5.54 8.12 5.62 150.00
2 SM Curran 5 118 117 5.95 8.55 5.74 146.96
3 AA Nortje 7 156 170 6.54 8.49 6.35 132.74
4 TA Boult 10 238 254 6.40 8.30 6.36 132.54
5 RP Singh 8 174 185 6.38 8.16 6.45 130.86
6 WD Parnell 11 227 253 6.69 8.30 6.64 126.96
7 DW Steyn 20 433 530 7.34 8.13 7.45 113.19
8 Umar Gul 20 411 529 7.72 8.11 7.85 107.44
9 TG Southee 18 397 523 7.90 8.26 7.89 106.86
10 SL Malinga 25 529 692 7.85 8.16 7.93 106.35
BBW

In this criteria, we have taken the top 5 bowling performances by Wkts of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Wickets (BBW) is simply the total wickets taken in the 5 innings divided by 5.

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 5 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 BBW RAT
TS SL Malinga 5/31 3/17 3/28 3/36 3/43 3.40 100.00
1 SL Malinga 5/31 3/17 3/28 3/36 3/43 3.40 100.00
2 Umar Gul 5/6 3/15 3/28 3/30 2/14 3.20 94.12
3 TA Boult 4/13 3/17 3/20 3/20 2/18 3.00 88.24
4 WD Parnell 4/13 3/14 3/15 3/31 1/6 2.80 82.35
5 DW Steyn 4/17 3/22 2/6 2/10 2/25 2.60 76.47
5 TG Southee 3/6 3/16 3/21 2/24 2/31 2.60 76.47
7 RP Singh 4/13 3/26 2/28 2/29 1/13 2.40 70.59
8 SM Curran 5/10 3/12 2/26 1/27 2.20 64.71
9 AA Nortje 4/41 2/21 2/27 1/10 1/14 2.00 58.82
10 SW Tait 3/20 3/21 1/10 1/15 1/28 1.80 52.94
BBE

In this criteria, we have taken the top 5 bowling performances by Economy of a bowler against top teams. Best Bowling By Economy (BBE) is the Relative Economy of the bowler in the 5 Inns. Only 12+ Balls performaces are counted in this criteria.

BEST BOWLING (ECO)


Criteria: Points For Economy In Top 5 Inns

RANK BOWLER 1 2 3 4 5 BBE RAT
TS Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3.0/3 3.0/7 3.0/11 4.0/22 3.4/21 3.86 100.00
1 WD Parnell 2.0/6 4.0/13 3.5/14 4.0/15 4.0/26 4.12 93.71
2 Umar Gul 3.0/6 4.0/14 4.0/15 2.0/11 3.0/19 4.13 93.55
3 TG Southee 2.1/6 4.0/12 4.0/16 4.0/21 4.0/21 4.18 92.48
4 DW Steyn 3.0/6 4.0/17 4.0/19 2.0/10 3.0/15 4.25 90.93
5 TA Boult 4.0/13 4.0/17 4.0/18 4.0/20 4.0/20 4.37 88.35
6 SL Malinga 2.0/5 3.4/14 4.0/17 4.0/19 4.0/25 4.58 84.44
7 SW Tait 4.0/15 3.0/12 2.0/10 4.0/20 3.4/21 4.75 81.26
8 AA Nortje 4.0/14 2.0/10 4.0/21 4.0/23 4.0/27 5.13 75.32
9 RP Singh 4.0/13 3.0/13 4.0/22 4.0/26 4.0/28 5.42 71.22
10 SM Curran 3.4/10 4.0/12 4.0/26 4.0/27 4.0/42 5.74 67.32
WC Rating

The WORLD CUP (WC) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RATING


RANK BOWLER PRO CON C TT ECO E TT BBW BBE WC RAT
1 AA Nortje 105.26 150.00 114.96 150.00 132.74 58.82 75.32 787.12
2 TA Boult 131.58 95.14 120.29 119.92 132.54 88.24 88.35 776.06
3 SM Curran 68.42 127.78 150.00 124.40 146.96 64.71 67.32 749.59
4 Umar Gul 184.21 82.66 79.85 105.50 107.44 94.12 93.55 747.32
5 SL Malinga 200.00 73.22 69.90 104.35 106.35 100.00 84.44 738.27
6 RP Singh 73.68 116.21 127.45 121.57 130.86 70.59 71.22 711.59
7 WD Parnell 94.74 85.09 107.64 116.99 126.96 82.35 93.71 707.48
8 DW Steyn 157.89 73.02 72.91 110.93 113.19 76.47 90.93 695.35
9 SW Tait 47.37 94.26 103.38 139.35 150.00 52.94 81.26 668.56
10 TG Southee 152.63 66.39 67.25 103.30 106.86 76.47 92.48 665.39

TOP TEAMS


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2000s PAK SA IND SL AUS WI ENG NZ
2010s IND ENG SA AUS PAK NZ SL WI AFG BAN
2020s IND ENG PAK AUS NZ SA WI SL ZIM AFG


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