Top 25 Fast Bowlers Against Top 7 Batsmen In Tests

All Test Ratings on the website are from 01/01/1950 onwards. Our ratings are based on conditions and diverse oppositions. Before the above mentioned date, there were primarily only two teams which dominated cricket. Moreover, matches were of unequal length with some ending in 4 days and some being timeless. Post 1950, West Indies and South Africa grew as test teams. Moreover, Asian teams India and Pakistan started improving after 1950 and became compenent at home at least. Performance in Asia and outside Asia are integral to our overall rating. How the rating works is explained in highlighted sections. So, here are the Top 25 Fast bowlers against the Top 7 batsmen of Top Teams

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2022-07-28

TOP 7 VICTIMS Rating

This rating only include stats of Fast bowlers against the Top 7 batsmen of Top Teams. 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.

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 Glenn McGrath has taken 500 wkts, which is the highest. This makes him the TS.
  • Another player, say Jason Gillespie, has taken 250 wkts.
  • If the rating is out of 250, McGrath will get the full points (pts), that is 250.
  • The points of Gillespie are calculated as His Wkts/McGrath’s Wkts*250. This comes out to be 125.
  • 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 the lower average is better for a bowler.
  • For Average and Strike Rate, a bowler is eligible to be TS only if he has taken a minimum number of wickets, which are mentioned in the qualificaton.
  • 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.
Top Teams (TT)

The Top 7 Rating considers performances only against the Top 7 batsmen of Top Teams. Here is some infomartion about Top Teams:-

  • Win/Loss Ratio is used to determine top teams.
  • The top teams are calculated by decades.
  • Further, they are divided into In Asia and Outside Asia.
  • To be a top team, the team should be among the top teams in the specific condition (Asia or outside Asia) or among the top teams of the decade overall.
  • A bowler’s performace is counted in TT if he palyed against it in the specific condition and in the specific decade.
  • The Top Teams may be found in the last section of the rating.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 50
Min Wickets (TS AVE SR) 75
The Eras

The first criteria Prolific gives points for wkts taken. We have divided cricket from 1950 onwards into 3 broad eras. This has been done to make it fair for players from earlier era, when less cricket was played, and also for current players, who are in the middle of their careers. Let’s take an example:-

  • Let’s assume Murlidharan has taken 500 wickets, which is the maximum and gives him 250 points.
  • Now, say Underwood in earlier times took 250 wkts, which was the max for his era.
  • If there are no eras, he would get 50% of the pts, that is 125.
  • Instead of that, we reduced 50 pts (according to %age) from the max to arrive at the figure of 200 pts for Underwood.
  • Now, everyone in his era is compared to Underwood and not Murlidharan.
  • So a player who has taken 50 Wkts in Underwood’s era will get (50/250)*200 pts or 40pts.
  • Eras are calculated by MP, which is the mean of the years a player: First Played (FP) and Last Played (LP).

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Wickets Taken

Era 1 MP before 1991
Era 2 MP between 1990 and 2016
Era 3 MP greater than 2015
RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS T7 WKTS RAT
TS MD Marshall WI 1978 1991 1984.5 151 269 220.00
1 MD Marshall WI 1978 1991 1984.5 151 269 220.00
2 RJ Hadlee NZ 1973 1990 1981.5 150 246 201.19
3 IT Botham ENG 1977 1992 1984.5 168 225 184.01
4 DK Lillee AUS 1971 1984 1977.5 132 207 169.29
4 Imran Khan PAK 1971 1991 1981 142 207 169.29
6 FS Trueman ENG 1952 1965 1958.5 127 195 159.48
7 CJ McDermott AUS 1984 1996 1990 124 193 157.84
8 MA Holding WI 1975 1987 1981 113 180 147.21
9 GD McKenzie AUS 1961 1971 1966 113 179 146.39
10 JR Thomson AUS 1972 1985 1978.5 90 154 125.95
11 WW Hall WI 1958 1969 1963.5 92 149 121.86
12 JA Snow ENG 1965 1976 1970.5 93 144 117.77
13 AK Davidson AUS 1953 1963 1958 82 132 107.96
14 GF Lawson AUS 1980 1989 1984.5 78 118 96.51
15 TM Alderman AUS 1981 1991 1986 73 107 87.51
16 Fazal Mahmood PAK 1952 1962 1957 53 89 72.79
17 PM Pollock SA 1961 1970 1965.5 52 84 68.70
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS T7 WKTS RAT
TS JM Anderson ENG 2003 2022 2012.5 320 390 250.00
1 JM Anderson ENG 2003 2022 2012.5 320 390 250.00
2 GD McGrath AUS 1993 2007 2000 243 345 221.15
3 SCJ Broad ENG 2007 2022 2014.5 288 342 219.23
4 CA Walsh WI 1984 2001 1992.5 242 323 207.05
5 CEL Ambrose WI 1988 2000 1994 179 258 165.38
6 AA Donald SA 1992 2002 1997 129 197 126.28
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS T7 WKTS RAT
TS TA Boult NZ 2011 2022 2016.5 149 157 190.00
1 PJ Cummins AUS 2011 2022 2016.5 81 123 148.85
2 JJ Bumrah IND 2018 2022 2020 58 88 106.50
Wkts/Inn

In the T7 Rating, instead of Average, Wickets/Inning (WKTS/INN) is used as a measure of Consistency. Average data against the top 7 batsmen is not available for earlier matches. The WKTS/INN in this criteria is the wickets of top 7 batsmen taking by the bowler per inning. Overall and Away matches are two parts of this criteria.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For Top 7 Wkts/Inn

In All Matches

RANK BOWLER INNS T7 WKTS WKTS/INN RAT
TS MD Marshall 151 269 1.78 300.00
1 MD Marshall 151 269 1.78 300.00
2 JR Thomson 90 154 1.71 288.15
3 Fazal Mahmood 53 89 1.68 282.79
4 RJ Hadlee 150 246 1.64 276.18
5 WW Hall 92 149 1.62 272.74
6 PM Pollock 52 84 1.62 272.03
7 AK Davidson 82 132 1.61 271.09
8 MA Holding 113 180 1.59 268.25
9 GD McKenzie 113 179 1.58 266.76
10 DK Lillee 132 207 1.57 264.08
11 CJ McDermott 124 193 1.56 262.11
12 JA Snow 93 144 1.55 260.75
13 FS Trueman 127 195 1.54 258.57
14 AA Donald 129 197 1.53 257.17
15 PJ Cummins 81 123 1.52 255.72
16 JJ Bumrah 58 88 1.52 255.51
17 GF Lawson 78 118 1.51 254.76
18 TM Alderman 73 107 1.47 246.84
19 Imran Khan 142 207 1.46 245.49
20 CEL Ambrose 179 258 1.44 242.72
21 GD McGrath 243 345 1.42 239.09
22 IT Botham 168 225 1.34 225.54
23 CA Walsh 242 323 1.33 224.77
24 JM Anderson 320 390 1.22 205.24
25 SCJ Broad 288 342 1.19 199.98

In Away Matches

RANK BOWLER INNS T7 WKTS WKTS/INN RAT
TS DK Lillee 48 96 2.00 300.00
1 JA Snow 22 46 2.09 300.00
2 Fazal Mahmood 30 62 2.07 300.00
3 PM Pollock 21 43 2.05 300.00
4 DK Lillee 48 96 2.00 300.00
5 TM Alderman 39 75 1.92 288.46
6 RJ Hadlee 75 143 1.91 286.00
7 GF Lawson 37 66 1.78 267.57
8 MD Marshall 93 162 1.74 261.29
9 CEL Ambrose 86 148 1.72 258.14
10 GD McKenzie 64 109 1.70 255.47
11 GD McGrath 112 189 1.69 253.13
12 PJ Cummins 35 59 1.69 252.86
13 JJ Bumrah 51 85 1.67 250.00
14 Imran Khan 83 135 1.63 243.98
15 MA Holding 71 114 1.61 240.85
16 AA Donald 61 97 1.59 238.52
17 WW Hall 57 89 1.56 234.21
18 CA Walsh 137 203 1.48 222.26
19 CJ McDermott 46 68 1.48 221.74
20 FS Trueman 37 54 1.46 218.92
21 JR Thomson 38 55 1.45 217.11
22 AK Davidson 50 71 1.42 213.00
23 IT Botham 72 99 1.38 206.25
24 SCJ Broad 117 149 1.27 191.03
25 JM Anderson 133 166 1.25 187.22
T7 Perc

This criteria gives you the percentage of victims of the bowler which were Top 7 batsmen. Like, if a bowler has 50 Wkts and out of those 40 are top 7 batsmen. Then the T7 PERC is 40/50*100 or 80%.

TOP 7 PERCENTAGE


Criteria: Percentage of Top 7 Victims

RANK BOWLER INNS OV WKTS T7 WKTS %AGE RAT
TS WW Hall 92 192 149 77.60 150.00
1 WW Hall 92 192 149 77.60 150.00
2 JR Thomson 90 200 154 77.00 148.83
3 GD McKenzie 113 246 179 72.76 140.64
4 PM Pollock 52 116 84 72.41 139.97
5 MA Holding 113 249 180 72.29 139.73
6 MD Marshall 151 376 269 71.54 138.28
7 JA Snow 93 202 144 71.29 137.79
8 AK Davidson 82 186 132 70.97 137.17
9 JJ Bumrah 58 128 88 68.75 132.89
10 CJ McDermott 124 291 193 66.32 128.19
11 GF Lawson 78 180 118 65.56 126.71
12 Fazal Mahmood 53 139 89 64.03 123.76
13 CEL Ambrose 179 405 258 63.70 123.13
14 FS Trueman 127 307 195 63.52 122.77
15 TM Alderman 73 170 107 62.94 121.66
16 CA Walsh 242 519 323 62.24 120.29
17 SCJ Broad 288 552 342 61.96 119.75
18 PJ Cummins 81 199 123 61.81 119.47
19 GD McGrath 243 563 345 61.28 118.45
20 AA Donald 129 330 197 59.70 115.39
21 JM Anderson 320 657 390 59.36 114.74
22 IT Botham 168 383 225 58.75 113.55
23 DK Lillee 132 355 207 58.31 112.71
24 Imran Khan 142 362 207 57.18 110.53
25 RJ Hadlee 150 431 246 57.08 110.32
T7 Rating

The TOP 7 VICTIMS (T7) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RATING


RANK BOWLER PRO CON CON AW PERC 7 T7 RAT
1 MD Marshall 220.00 300.00 261.29 138.28 919.57
2 RJ Hadlee 201.19 276.18 286.00 110.32 873.69
3 DK Lillee 169.29 264.08 300.00 112.71 846.08
4 GD McGrath 221.15 239.09 253.13 118.45 831.81
5 JA Snow 117.77 260.75 300.00 137.79 816.31
6 GD McKenzie 146.39 266.76 255.47 140.64 809.27
7 MA Holding 147.21 268.25 240.85 139.73 796.03
8 CEL Ambrose 165.38 242.72 258.14 123.13 789.38
9 PM Pollock 68.70 272.03 300.00 139.97 780.70
10 JR Thomson 125.95 288.15 217.11 148.83 780.04
11 Fazal Mahmood 72.79 282.79 300.00 123.76 779.34
12 WW Hall 121.86 272.74 234.21 150.00 778.81
13 PJ Cummins 148.85 255.72 252.86 119.47 776.90
14 CA Walsh 207.05 224.77 222.26 120.29 774.37
15 CJ McDermott 157.84 262.11 221.74 128.19 769.89
16 Imran Khan 169.29 245.49 243.98 110.53 769.28
17 FS Trueman 159.48 258.57 218.92 122.77 759.74
18 JM Anderson 250.00 205.24 187.22 114.74 757.19
19 GF Lawson 96.51 254.76 267.57 126.71 745.55
20 JJ Bumrah 106.50 255.51 250.00 132.89 744.89
21 TM Alderman 87.51 246.84 288.46 121.66 744.46
22 AA Donald 126.28 257.17 238.52 115.39 737.37
23 SCJ Broad 219.23 199.98 191.03 119.75 729.99
24 IT Botham 184.01 225.54 206.25 113.55 729.35
25 AK Davidson 107.96 271.09 213.00 137.17 729.21

TOP TEAMS IN ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS WI PAK IND ENG
1960s WI AUS PAK IND ENG SA
1970s PAK ENG IND WI SA AUS
1980s PAK WI ENG NZ AUS
1990s IND PAK SA AUS WI
2000s AUS SL IND PAK SA ENG
2010s IND PAK SL ENG SA AUS
2020s IND PAK AUS ENG NZ SA

TOP TEAMS OUTSIDE ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS ENG WI SA PAK
1960s ENG AUS WI SA NZ
1970s SA ENG WI AUS IND
1980s WI NZ AUS ENG PAK
1990s AUS SA WI PAK ENG
2000s AUS SA ENG IND NZ
2010s SA AUS ENG NZ IND
2020s AUS SA NZ ENG WI IND


Leave a Comment