Top 25 Fast Bowlers In Test Cricket Since 1950

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 in Test Cricket since 1950.

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

Overall Rating

Our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier bowlers may change if current bowlers set new benchmarks. It is to be noted that U.A.E. is considered as a second Home for Pakistan and all stats of Pakistani bowlers are calculated accordingly. The Overall Rating is divided into three main sections:-

  • Primary Rating: Which gives points for runs, average, top scores and strike rate.
  • Conditions Rating: Which gives points for performance of a batsman At Home, Away From Home, In Asia and Outside Asia
  • Secondary Rating: Which gives points for Top Form (Home and Away) and performances against Top 7 batsmen.
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 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.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 25
Min Wickets (TS AVE SR) 100
Min Wickets v/s Top Teams (TS AVE) 50

PRIMARY CRITERIA

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 WKTS RAT
TS N Kapil Dev IND 1978 1994 1986 227 434 220.00
1 N Kapil Dev IND 1978 1994 1986 227 434 220.00
2 RJ Hadlee NZ 1973 1990 1981.5 150 431 218.48
3 IT Botham ENG 1977 1992 1984.5 168 383 194.15
4 MD Marshall WI 1978 1991 1984.5 151 376 190.60
5 Imran Khan PAK 1971 1991 1981 142 362 183.50
6 DK Lillee AUS 1971 1984 1977.5 132 355 179.95
7 RGD Willis ENG 1971 1984 1977.5 165 325 164.75
8 FS Trueman ENG 1952 1965 1958.5 127 307 155.62
9 J Garner WI 1977 1987 1982 111 259 131.29
10 MA Holding WI 1975 1987 1981 113 249 126.22
11 AK Davidson AUS 1953 1963 1958 82 186 94.29
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS JM Anderson ENG 2003 2022 2012.5 325 667 250.00
1 JM Anderson ENG 2003 2022 2012.5 325 667 250.00
2 SCJ Broad ENG 2007 2022 2014.5 293 566 212.14
3 GD McGrath AUS 1993 2007 2000 243 563 211.02
4 CA Walsh WI 1984 2001 1992.5 242 519 194.53
5 DW Steyn SA 2004 2019 2011.5 171 439 164.54
6 SM Pollock SA 1995 2008 2001.5 202 421 157.80
7 Wasim Akram PAK 1985 2002 1993.5 181 414 155.17
8 CEL Ambrose WI 1988 2000 1994 179 405 151.80
9 Waqar Younis PAK 1989 2003 1996 154 373 139.81
10 AA Donald SA 1992 2002 1997 129 330 123.69
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS TA Boult NZ 2011 2022 2016.5 149 317 200.00
1 MA Starc AUS 2011 2022 2016.5 136 287 181.07
2 K Rabada SA 2015 2022 2018.5 100 257 162.15
3 Mohammed Shami IND 2013 2022 2017.5 114 216 136.28
4 PJ Cummins AUS 2011 2022 2016.5 81 199 125.55
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.
  • Asian fast bowlers and Non-Asian spin bowlers whereever applicable.
  • Bowlers who have played in an era where the batsmen dominated, like the 2000s
  • Bowlers who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.
Top Teams (TT)

The R Ave Rating is divided into two parts:-

  • One is Overall which gives points for the overall R Ave.
  • The second part is Against Top Teams, which gives points for R Ave against 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.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For Relative Average

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS JJ Bumrah 58 2815 128 21.99 33.07 21.28 150.00
1 GD McGrath 243 12186 563 21.64 32.27 21.47 148.69
2 CEL Ambrose 179 8501 405 20.99 30.71 21.87 145.95
3 MD Marshall 151 7876 376 20.95 30.07 22.29 143.18
4 AK Davidson 82 3819 186 20.53 29.39 22.36 142.77
5 SM Pollock 202 9733 421 23.12 32.82 22.54 141.58
6 PJ Cummins 81 4311 199 21.66 30.65 22.62 141.12
7 J Garner 111 5433 259 20.98 29.63 22.66 140.88
8 DW Steyn 171 10077 439 22.95 32.24 22.79 140.07
9 AA Donald 129 7344 330 22.25 31.18 22.84 139.76
10 K Rabada 100 5773 257 22.46 30.93 23.24 137.34
11 FS Trueman 127 6625 307 21.58 29.40 23.49 135.87
12 Imran Khan 142 8258 362 22.81 31.03 23.52 135.69
13 RJ Hadlee 150 9612 431 22.30 30.25 23.59 135.31
14 Waqar Younis 154 8788 373 23.56 31.55 23.90 133.56
15 Wasim Akram 181 9778 414 23.62 30.86 24.49 130.34
16 CA Walsh 242 12688 519 24.45 31.48 24.85 128.42
17 MA Holding 113 5898 249 23.69 29.75 25.48 125.27
18 DK Lillee 132 8493 355 23.92 29.86 25.64 124.49
19 Mohammed Shami 114 5931 216 27.46 34.12 25.75 123.93
20 JM Anderson 325 17491 667 26.22 32.00 26.22 121.72
21 RGD Willis 165 8190 325 25.20 30.75 26.23 121.69
22 SCJ Broad 293 15720 566 27.77 31.50 28.22 113.11
23 MA Starc 136 7929 287 27.63 30.83 28.68 111.29
24 N Kapil Dev 227 12867 434 29.65 31.84 29.79 107.13
25 IT Botham 168 10878 383 28.40 30.32 29.98 106.46

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS J Garner 94 4444 227 19.58 29.63 21.14 150.00
1 J Garner 94 4444 227 19.58 29.63 21.14 150.00
2 CEL Ambrose 142 7141 344 20.76 30.71 21.63 146.64
3 GD McGrath 184 9519 436 21.83 32.27 21.65 146.48
4 AK Davidson 82 3819 186 20.53 29.39 22.36 141.87
5 PJ Cummins 67 3651 169 21.60 30.65 22.55 140.62
6 MD Marshall 125 6470 303 21.35 30.07 22.72 139.57
7 SM Pollock 132 6832 283 24.14 32.82 23.54 134.73
8 AA Donald 87 5243 223 23.51 31.18 24.13 131.46
9 DW Steyn 119 7374 299 24.66 32.24 24.48 129.55
10 RJ Hadlee 117 7754 334 23.22 30.25 24.55 129.16
11 MA Holding 94 4733 207 22.86 29.75 24.59 128.96
12 Imran Khan 91 5191 217 23.92 31.03 24.67 128.58
13 K Rabada 78 4689 195 24.05 30.93 24.88 127.49
14 DK Lillee 108 6729 283 23.78 29.86 25.48 124.47
15 CA Walsh 197 10467 413 25.34 31.48 25.76 123.10
16 FS Trueman 89 5038 212 23.76 29.40 25.87 122.61
17 Wasim Akram 100 5614 219 25.63 30.86 26.58 119.33
18 RGD Willis 129 6494 252 25.77 30.75 26.82 118.25
19 Mohammed Shami 83 4774 161 29.65 34.12 27.81 114.04
20 SCJ Broad 213 11665 417 27.97 31.50 28.42 111.60
21 Waqar Younis 85 5066 179 28.30 31.55 28.71 110.48
22 JM Anderson 243 13517 467 28.94 32.00 28.94 109.59
23 N Kapil Dev 185 11028 371 29.73 31.84 29.87 106.18
24 MA Starc 109 6372 220 28.96 30.83 30.07 105.48
25 IT Botham 127 8549 276 30.97 30.32 32.70 97.00
C SR And R SR

The Comparative Strike Rate (C SR) and Relative Strike Rate (R SR) for bowlers is calculated using the same method as in C Ave and R Ave with average replaced with SR. Points to note are:-

  • Bowlers from the earlier era benefit from R SR.
  • This is because more balls were taken to get a Wkt back then as batsmen had better defensive technique.
  • Rest of the factors are the same as in R Ave

ATTACKING


Criteria: Points For R SR or Relative Balls/Wkt

RANK BATSMAN INNS BALLS WKTS SR C SR R SR RAT
TS K Rabada 100 10352 257 40.28 59.06 44.33 250.00
1 K Rabada 100 10352 257 40.28 59.06 44.33 250.00
2 Waqar Younis 154 16224 373 43.50 63.58 44.47 249.24
3 FS Trueman 127 15178 307 49.44 71.24 45.11 245.69
4 DW Steyn 171 18608 439 42.39 61.04 45.14 245.52
5 AA Donald 129 15519 330 47.03 64.34 47.51 233.26
6 MD Marshall 151 17584 376 46.77 63.43 47.92 231.27
7 Mohammed Shami 114 10827 216 50.13 64.34 50.64 218.85
8 RJ Hadlee 150 21918 431 50.85 64.84 50.98 217.40
9 DK Lillee 132 18467 355 52.02 65.88 51.33 215.91
10 MA Holding 113 12680 249 50.92 64.37 51.42 215.52
11 RGD Willis 165 17357 325 53.41 67.02 51.80 213.96
12 J Garner 111 13175 259 50.87 63.81 51.82 213.87
13 PJ Cummins 81 9407 199 47.27 58.88 52.18 212.37
14 GD McGrath 243 29248 563 51.95 63.54 53.15 208.52
15 Imran Khan 142 19458 362 53.75 65.60 53.26 208.09
16 AK Davidson 82 11587 186 62.30 74.99 54.00 205.24
17 MA Starc 136 14344 287 49.98 59.37 54.72 202.54
18 CEL Ambrose 179 22103 405 54.58 64.04 55.39 200.08
19 Wasim Akram 181 22627 414 54.65 63.38 56.05 197.72
20 IT Botham 168 21815 383 56.96 64.91 57.04 194.30
21 CA Walsh 242 30019 519 57.84 64.81 58.01 191.04
22 SM Pollock 202 24353 421 57.85 63.69 59.03 187.74
23 JM Anderson 325 37505 667 56.23 61.01 59.90 185.00
24 SCJ Broad 293 31982 566 56.51 60.20 61.01 181.66
25 N Kapil Dev 227 27740 434 63.92 65.87 63.07 175.71
BBW

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 bowling performances by Wkts of a bowler. Best Bowling By Wickets (BBW) is simply the total wickets taken in the 7 innings divided by 7.

BEST BOWLING (WKTS)


Criteria: Points For Wkts Taken In Top 7 Inns

RANK BATSMAN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 AVE WT RAT
TS N Kapil Dev 9/83 8/85 8/106 7/56 7/220 6/63 6/77 7.29 100.00
1 N Kapil Dev 9/83 8/85 8/106 7/56 7/220 6/63 6/77 7.29 100.00
2 Imran Khan 8/58 8/60 7/40 7/52 7/80 6/35 6/46 7.00 96.08
3 GD McGrath 8/24 8/38 7/76 7/76 6/17 6/47 6/50 6.86 94.12
4 RJ Hadlee 9/52 7/23 7/116 6/26 6/49 6/50 6/51 6.71 92.16
4 IT Botham 8/34 8/103 7/48 6/34 6/58 6/78 6/90 6.71 92.16
6 SCJ Broad 8/15 7/44 7/72 6/17 6/25 6/31 6/46 6.57 90.20
7 MD Marshall 7/22 7/53 7/80 6/32 6/37 6/55 6/69 6.43 88.24
7 Waqar Younis 7/76 7/86 7/91 6/34 6/44 6/55 6/78 6.43 88.24
7 CEL Ambrose 8/45 7/25 6/24 6/34 6/51 6/52 6/74 6.43 88.24
7 FS Trueman 8/31 7/44 7/75 6/30 6/31 6/100 5/27 6.43 88.24
11 DK Lillee 7/83 7/89 6/26 6/53 6/60 6/66 6/72 6.29 86.27
12 AA Donald 8/71 7/84 6/53 6/59 6/88 5/32 5/36 6.14 84.31
12 DW Steyn 7/51 6/8 6/34 6/49 6/50 6/72 6/100 6.14 84.31
12 CA Walsh 7/37 6/18 6/54 6/61 6/62 6/74 6/79 6.14 84.31
12 MA Holding 8/92 6/21 6/57 6/62 6/65 6/67 5/17 6.14 84.31
12 Wasim Akram 7/119 6/43 6/48 6/61 6/62 6/67 6/91 6.14 84.31
12 JM Anderson 7/42 7/43 6/17 6/40 6/42 6/47 5/16 6.14 84.31
18 RGD Willis 8/43 7/78 6/53 6/101 5/27 5/32 5/35 6.00 82.35
18 AK Davidson 7/93 6/34 6/53 6/64 6/75 6/87 5/25 6.00 82.35
18 SM Pollock 7/87 6/30 6/39 6/50 6/56 6/78 5/28 6.00 82.35
21 K Rabada 7/112 6/32 6/54 6/55 5/30 5/33 5/34 5.71 78.43
22 MA Starc 6/50 6/66 6/111 6/154 5/34 5/44 5/46 5.57 76.47
23 J Garner 6/56 6/60 6/75 5/51 5/55 5/56 5/63 5.43 74.51
23 PJ Cummins 6/23 6/27 6/79 5/28 5/38 5/56 5/83 5.43 74.51
25 Mohammed Shami 6/56 5/28 5/35 5/44 5/47 5/112 4/31 5.00 68.63
BBA

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 bowling performances by Average of a bowler. Best Bowling By Average (BBA) is simply the average of the bowler in the 7 Inns. Only 3+ Wkt performaces are counted in this criteria.

BEST BOWLING (AVE)


Criteria: Points For Average In Top 7 Inns

RANK BATSMAN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R AVE RAT
TS GD McGrath 4/10 6/17 8/24 5/21 3/13 4/18 8/38 3.71 100.00
1 GD McGrath 4/10 6/17 8/24 5/21 3/13 4/18 8/38 3.71 100.00
2 JM Anderson 3/6 6/17 5/16 5/20 4/17 4/20 3/16 3.73 99.39
3 SCJ Broad 8/15 6/17 6/25 4/19 6/31 4/21 4/25 4.03 92.16
4 CEL Ambrose 3/8 7/25 6/24 4/17 3/14 4/20 5/25 4.16 89.28
5 DW Steyn 6/8 5/17 4/18 5/23 6/34 5/29 5/33 4.50 82.46
5 CA Walsh 6/18 4/14 5/22 4/21 7/37 3/16 3/16 4.50 82.46
7 RJ Hadlee 4/8 7/23 6/26 3/16 5/28 9/52 5/29 4.67 79.51
8 MD Marshall 7/22 4/19 6/32 5/29 4/24 6/37 4/25 5.22 71.05
9 IT Botham 5/11 5/21 8/34 6/34 7/48 5/35 4/29 5.30 70.01
10 FS Trueman 8/31 6/30 6/31 5/27 4/24 5/31 7/44 5.32 69.79
11 SM Pollock 3/9 4/16 6/30 5/28 4/24 5/32 6/39 5.39 68.79
12 RGD Willis 4/14 4/16 8/43 5/27 3/18 5/32 5/35 5.44 68.19
13 PJ Cummins 6/23 6/27 3/15 4/21 5/28 4/29 5/38 5.48 67.65
14 Waqar Younis 5/22 4/19 3/15 6/34 4/23 3/20 6/44 5.71 64.99
15 MA Holding 5/17 6/21 3/16 4/24 4/30 3/24 5/43 5.83 63.61
16 DK Lillee 5/15 5/18 3/13 6/26 4/35 6/53 5/46 6.06 61.24
17 Imran Khan 7/40 6/35 3/19 4/26 3/20 8/58 7/52 6.58 56.40
18 Mohammed Shami 3/10 3/15 5/28 5/35 4/31 5/44 3/27 6.79 54.68
19 AA Donald 4/14 5/32 3/20 4/27 5/36 5/40 6/53 6.94 53.49
20 AK Davidson 5/25 6/34 5/31 3/22 5/38 5/42 6/53 7.00 53.01
21 K Rabada 6/32 5/30 5/33 5/34 4/34 6/54 6/55 7.35 50.47
22 Wasim Akram 5/28 6/43 4/30 4/32 6/48 5/43 5/43 7.63 48.64
23 N Kapil Dev 5/28 3/21 4/30 3/24 7/56 4/34 4/36 7.63 48.61
24 MA Starc 5/34 4/28 3/24 4/33 3/25 6/50 5/44 7.93 46.77
25 J Garner 3/15 3/22 4/30 3/24 4/36 4/36 6/56 8.11 45.75

PRIMARY RATING


The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 1,000.00 points. The Primary Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is half of the Overall Rating, i.e. 500 pts.

RANK BOWLER PRO CONS CONS TT ATT BB WK BB AV RAT PRI PTS
1 GD McGrath 211.02 148.69 146.48 208.52 94.12 100.00 908.83 454.42
2 RJ Hadlee 218.48 135.31 129.16 217.40 92.16 79.51 872.02 436.01
3 MD Marshall 190.60 143.18 139.57 231.27 88.24 71.05 863.90 431.95
4 JM Anderson 250.00 121.72 109.59 185.00 84.31 99.39 850.02 425.01
5 DW Steyn 164.54 140.07 129.55 245.52 84.31 82.46 846.45 423.22
6 CEL Ambrose 151.80 145.95 146.64 200.08 88.24 89.28 821.98 410.99
7 FS Trueman 155.62 135.87 122.61 245.69 88.24 69.79 817.81 408.91
8 Imran Khan 183.50 135.69 128.58 208.09 96.08 56.40 808.35 404.17
9 K Rabada 162.15 137.34 127.49 250.00 78.43 50.47 805.89 402.94
10 CA Walsh 194.53 128.42 123.10 191.04 84.31 82.46 803.86 401.93
11 SCJ Broad 212.14 113.11 111.60 181.66 90.20 92.16 800.87 400.43
12 DK Lillee 179.95 124.49 124.47 215.91 86.27 61.24 792.34 396.17
13 Waqar Younis 139.81 133.56 110.48 249.24 88.24 64.99 786.30 393.15
14 SM Pollock 157.80 141.58 134.73 187.74 82.35 68.79 772.98 386.49
15 RGD Willis 164.75 121.69 118.25 213.96 82.35 68.19 769.20 384.60
16 AA Donald 123.69 139.76 131.46 233.26 84.31 53.49 765.96 382.98
17 PJ Cummins 125.55 141.12 140.62 212.37 74.51 67.65 761.83 380.91
18 N Kapil Dev 220.00 107.13 106.18 175.71 100.00 48.61 757.63 378.81
19 J Garner 131.29 140.88 150.00 213.87 74.51 45.75 756.30 378.15
20 IT Botham 194.15 106.46 97.00 194.30 92.16 70.01 754.08 377.04
21 MA Holding 126.22 125.27 128.96 215.52 84.31 63.61 743.89 371.94
22 Wasim Akram 155.17 130.34 119.33 197.72 84.31 48.64 735.51 367.76
23 MA Starc 181.07 111.29 105.48 202.54 76.47 46.77 723.63 361.81
24 AK Davidson 94.29 142.77 141.87 205.24 82.35 53.01 719.54 359.77
25 Mohammed Shami 136.28 123.93 114.04 218.85 68.63 54.68 716.41 358.20

CONDITIONS CRITERIA

The Conditions

The Conditions Ratings are calculated by applying the four criteria of the Primary Rating to diffirent conditions. Here are those conditions and their weightage. Unfavourable Conditions (UC) is Outside Asia for spin bowlers and In Asia for pacers. Favourable Conditions (FC) is the opposite. Click on the Ratings to see how they were calculated.

  • HOME – 250 PTS
  • AWAY – 1,000 PTS
  • FC – 250 PTS
  • UC – 1,000 PTS

HOME/AWAY


At Home

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 FS Trueman 90 229 20.04 44.96 840.09 210.02
2 JM Anderson 192 429 23.79 50.91 824.74 206.19
3 Imran Khan 59 163 19.21 47.07 796.32 199.08
4 K Rabada 55 161 19.97 34.22 792.59 198.15
5 DW Steyn 99 261 21.62 40.21 783.78 195.95
6 SCJ Broad 176 370 25.90 50.50 773.05 193.26
7 DK Lillee 84 231 23.73 49.93 762.89 190.72
8 GD McGrath 131 289 22.43 54.77 758.01 189.50
9 RJ Hadlee 75 201 22.96 53.05 756.01 189.00
10 MD Marshall 58 157 20.06 42.50 749.69 187.42
11 RGD Willis 73 176 23.51 46.14 736.11 184.03
12 IT Botham 96 226 27.55 54.17 730.61 182.65
13 N Kapil Dev 119 219 26.50 55.76 722.93 180.73
14 SM Pollock 109 235 21.09 52.57 721.48 180.37
15 Mohammed Shami 36 67 21.28 42.15 716.63 179.16
16 Waqar Younis 66 174 20.48 38.82 713.15 178.29
17 CEL Ambrose 93 203 21.19 55.79 710.80 177.70
18 AA Donald 68 177 21.64 45.02 689.00 172.25
19 PJ Cummins 46 113 20.77 45.93 682.48 170.62
20 MA Starc 79 180 26.77 48.44 674.54 168.64
21 CA Walsh 105 229 23.70 58.95 669.02 167.26
22 J Garner 56 123 22.34 51.14 656.06 164.01
23 AK Davidson 32 84 21.05 57.55 646.14 161.54
24 Wasim Akram 70 154 22.22 51.12 632.81 158.20
25 MA Holding 42 86 23.76 50.15 596.03 149.01

Away From Home

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 GD McGrath 112 274 20.81 48.97 951.34 951.34
2 MD Marshall 93 219 21.58 49.83 875.91 875.91
3 RJ Hadlee 75 230 21.73 48.93 869.91 869.91
4 CA Walsh 137 290 25.03 56.96 846.51 846.51
5 CEL Ambrose 86 202 20.79 53.36 820.24 820.24
6 Wasim Akram 111 260 24.45 56.75 786.39 786.39
7 DW Steyn 72 178 24.91 45.57 781.07 781.07
8 MA Holding 71 163 23.65 51.33 769.71 769.71
9 Waqar Younis 88 199 26.25 47.59 768.38 768.38
10 Imran Khan 83 199 25.76 59.22 762.34 762.34
11 J Garner 55 136 19.74 50.63 750.94 750.94
12 AA Donald 61 153 22.96 49.35 745.38 745.38
13 SM Pollock 93 186 25.69 64.52 732.75 732.75
14 JM Anderson 133 238 30.61 65.81 729.10 729.10
15 PJ Cummins 35 86 22.84 49.03 727.83 727.83
16 Mohammed Shami 78 149 30.23 53.71 719.57 719.57
17 AK Davidson 50 102 20.11 66.21 697.87 697.87
18 MA Starc 57 107 29.07 52.57 691.87 691.87
19 N Kapil Dev 108 215 32.86 72.23 690.17 690.17
20 K Rabada 45 96 26.65 50.45 689.13 689.13
21 DK Lillee 48 124 24.28 55.91 688.64 688.64
22 RGD Willis 92 149 27.20 61.99 685.43 685.43
23 SCJ Broad 117 196 31.32 67.84 680.34 680.34
24 IT Botham 72 157 29.63 60.97 657.69 657.69
25 FS Trueman 37 78 26.09 62.60 611.73 611.73

FAVOURABLE/UNFAVOURABLE CONDITIONS


Favourable Conditions Rating

Non Asians Outside Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 GD McGrath 207 491 21.44 51.52 863.67 215.92
2 RJ Hadlee 128 363 22.43 52.37 818.64 204.66
3 JM Anderson 278 593 26.04 55.16 810.83 202.71
4 MD Marshall 117 305 20.46 46.30 810.38 202.59
5 FS Trueman 127 307 21.58 49.44 806.40 201.60
6 CEL Ambrose 169 387 20.92 54.49 801.14 200.29
7 DK Lillee 126 349 23.16 50.64 798.85 199.71
8 K Rabada 83 235 21.23 37.34 788.65 197.16
9 SCJ Broad 256 522 26.90 54.26 785.92 196.48
10 DW Steyn 133 347 22.65 42.23 771.10 192.78
11 CA Walsh 211 442 25.13 60.03 750.19 187.55
12 IT Botham 154 348 28.61 56.75 734.87 183.72
13 PJ Cummins 66 171 20.50 44.76 734.12 183.53
14 J Garner 106 249 21.05 50.73 733.50 183.37
15 SM Pollock 171 361 23.11 58.01 723.71 180.93
16 AA Donald 113 294 22.49 46.85 722.02 180.50
17 RGD Willis 138 281 25.51 53.44 718.85 179.71
18 MA Holding 102 219 23.90 51.77 702.88 175.72
19 MA Starc 108 237 27.34 49.22 674.18 168.54
20 AK Davidson 62 142 21.36 63.36 657.03 164.26

Asians Outside Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 Wasim Akram 79 198 24.81 57.09 821.03 205.26
2 Imran Khan 62 157 26.11 60.10 810.81 202.70
3 Waqar Younis 69 158 27.53 50.66 772.34 193.09
4 Mohammed Shami 72 139 31.14 54.95 749.05 187.26
5 N Kapil Dev 77 155 30.79 71.21 717.27 179.32

Unfavourable Conditions Rating

Non Asians In Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 DW Steyn 38 92 24.12 42.99 918.92 918.92
2 RJ Hadlee 22 68 21.60 42.78 908.08 908.08
3 MD Marshall 34 71 23.06 48.75 881.41 881.41
4 CA Walsh 31 77 20.53 45.26 859.14 859.14
5 GD McGrath 36 72 23.03 54.88 816.06 816.06
6 JM Anderson 47 74 27.68 64.81 772.61 772.61
7 AK Davidson 20 44 17.86 58.86 764.86 764.86
8 MA Starc 28 50 29.00 53.58 762.79 762.79
9 SM Pollock 31 60 23.18 56.85 753.11 753.11
10 RGD Willis 27 44 23.23 53.16 683.50 683.50
11 AA Donald 16 36 20.33 48.50 664.70 664.70
12 MA Holding 11 30 22.10 44.73 657.65 657.65
13 IT Botham 14 35 26.31 59.00 645.08 645.08
14 PJ Cummins 15 28 28.79 62.61 564.97 564.97
15 SCJ Broad 37 44 38.09 83.14 546.17 546.17
16 J Garner 5 10 19.20 54.30 500.00 500.00
16 DK Lillee 6 6 68.33 132.00 500.00 500.00
16 FS Trueman 0 0 NA NA 500.00 500.00
19 CEL Ambrose 10 18 22.50 56.33 491.04 491.04
20 K Rabada 17 22 35.64 71.73 484.99 484.99

Asians In Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 Waqar Younis 85 215 20.64 38.23 847.97 847.97
2 Imran Khan 80 205 20.28 48.89 830.22 830.22
3 Mohammed Shami 42 77 20.82 41.42 802.43 802.43
4 N Kapil Dev 150 279 29.01 59.87 770.77 770.77
5 Wasim Akram 102 216 22.53 52.43 768.22 768.22

CONDITIONS RATING


The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 2,500.00 points. The Conditions Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is one-fourth of the Overall Rating, i.e. 250 pts.

RANK BATSMAN AWAY HOME UC FC TOT CON PTS
1 GD McGrath 951.34 189.50 816.06 215.92 2,172.82 217.28
2 RJ Hadlee 869.91 189.00 908.08 204.66 2,171.65 217.16
3 MD Marshall 875.91 187.42 881.41 202.59 2,147.34 214.73
4 DW Steyn 781.07 195.95 918.92 192.78 2,088.71 208.87
5 CA Walsh 846.51 167.26 859.14 187.55 2,060.45 206.04
6 Imran Khan 762.34 199.08 830.22 202.70 1,994.33 199.43
7 Waqar Younis 768.38 178.29 847.97 193.09 1,987.73 198.77
8 Wasim Akram 786.39 158.20 768.22 205.26 1,918.07 191.81
9 JM Anderson 729.10 206.19 772.61 202.71 1,910.60 191.06
10 Mohammed Shami 719.57 179.16 802.43 187.26 1,888.42 188.84
11 SM Pollock 732.75 180.37 753.11 180.93 1,847.15 184.72
12 N Kapil Dev 690.17 180.73 770.77 179.32 1,820.99 182.10
13 MA Starc 691.87 168.64 762.79 168.54 1,791.85 179.18
14 AK Davidson 697.87 161.54 764.86 164.26 1,788.53 178.85
15 AA Donald 745.38 172.25 664.70 180.50 1,762.84 176.28
16 MA Holding 769.71 149.01 657.65 175.72 1,752.08 175.21
17 RGD Willis 685.43 184.03 683.50 179.71 1,732.67 173.27
18 CEL Ambrose 820.24 177.70 491.04 200.29 1,689.27 168.93
19 IT Botham 657.69 182.65 645.08 183.72 1,669.14 166.91
20 PJ Cummins 727.83 170.62 564.97 183.53 1,646.95 164.69
21 SCJ Broad 680.34 193.26 546.17 196.48 1,616.25 161.63
22 J Garner 750.94 164.01 500.00 183.37 1,598.33 159.83
23 DK Lillee 688.64 190.72 500.00 199.71 1,579.07 157.91
24 K Rabada 689.13 198.15 484.99 197.16 1,569.43 156.94
25 FS Trueman 611.73 210.02 500.00 201.60 1,523.35 152.34

SECONDARY CRITERIA

Top Form And Top 7 Victims

The Secondary Rating consists of three parts. Top Form is calculated by taking the best 30 consecutive innings of a bowlers such that his overall points are maximum. Top Form is calculated seperately for Home and Away innings. Top 7 Victims are defined as the wickets taken by the bowler against the top 7 batsmen by batting order. Moreover, only performaces against Top Teams are counted in T7 Victims Rating. To see how the ratings were calculated, click on the Rating. The three secondary criteria and thier weightage is as follows:-

  • TOP FORM AT HOME – 500 PTS
  • TOP FORM AWAY – 1,000 PTS
  • TOP 7 VICTIMS – 1,000 PTS

TOP FORM AT HOME


RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 Imran Khan 30 107 13.12 35.77 953.71 476.86
2 JM Anderson 30 83 14.54 36.18 866.38 433.19
3 K Rabada 30 95 16.57 29.91 851.93 425.96
4 Waqar Younis 30 105 17.19 33.78 839.28 419.64
5 MD Marshall 30 103 16.58 35.42 830.29 415.15
6 DW Steyn 30 92 17.17 36.51 818.38 409.19
7 AA Donald 30 87 18.21 36.07 789.88 394.94
8 DK Lillee 30 97 18.80 40.61 781.38 390.69
9 FS Trueman 30 92 20.02 43.08 763.38 381.69
10 Wasim Akram 30 84 17.98 39.71 746.76 373.38
11 SM Pollock 30 76 18.18 43.87 741.36 370.68
12 CEL Ambrose 30 72 17.11 46.32 736.86 368.43
13 PJ Cummins 30 76 18.17 42.34 733.51 366.75
14 RJ Hadlee 30 84 19.13 49.29 719.76 359.88
15 GD McGrath 30 68 17.63 45.59 705.81 352.91
16 RGD Willis 30 83 21.52 42.96 700.78 350.39
17 N Kapil Dev 30 75 20.72 42.53 694.14 347.07
18 SCJ Broad 30 74 20.26 38.41 684.30 342.15
19 IT Botham 30 84 21.36 48.07 679.62 339.81
20 AK Davidson 30 82 20.51 56.51 676.84 338.42
21 MA Starc 30 80 21.54 40.90 665.79 332.90
22 J Garner 30 72 19.54 45.47 659.95 329.98
23 CA Walsh 30 80 20.41 55.84 651.47 325.73
24 Mohammed Shami 30 60 20.48 42.02 648.79 324.39
25 MA Holding 30 65 23.37 51.98 600.03 300.02

TOP FORM AWAY


RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 RJ Hadlee 30 117 16.82 40.82 910.29 910.29
2 MD Marshall 30 95 16.29 41.11 897.83 897.83
3 GD McGrath 30 81 15.93 41.36 871.74 871.74
4 Waqar Younis 30 90 20.94 37.64 830.36 830.36
5 MA Holding 30 84 19.04 40.67 817.59 817.59
6 DW Steyn 30 90 21.74 37.56 798.37 798.37
7 AA Donald 30 85 18.66 43.91 793.39 793.39
8 Wasim Akram 30 96 19.35 44.10 792.83 792.83
9 Imran Khan 30 82 20.57 47.83 787.32 787.32
10 CEL Ambrose 30 82 17.85 50.32 778.60 778.60
11 AK Davidson 30 79 16.97 59.49 777.05 777.05
12 CA Walsh 30 84 20.63 47.20 762.73 762.73
13 IT Botham 30 94 20.78 47.67 752.00 752.00
14 J Garner 30 74 17.07 49.84 747.45 747.45
15 SM Pollock 30 69 18.57 55.07 745.35 745.35
16 MA Starc 30 71 22.83 38.79 715.31 715.31
17 RGD Willis 30 58 20.43 54.09 687.74 687.74
18 Mohammed Shami 30 62 24.71 43.21 684.94 684.94
19 DK Lillee 30 83 24.59 55.28 678.69 678.69
20 PJ Cummins 30 71 21.86 47.31 674.82 674.82
21 K Rabada 30 74 25.20 46.46 652.95 652.95
22 FS Trueman 30 68 23.21 57.93 643.57 643.57
23 N Kapil Dev 30 83 30.87 58.45 640.15 640.15
24 JM Anderson 30 59 21.86 58.63 638.14 638.14
25 SCJ Broad 30 61 25.69 53.05 620.61 620.61

TOP 7 VICTIMS


RANK BOWLER INNS T7 WKTS PERC WT/IN T7 RAT WTG
1 MD Marshall 151 269 71.54 1.78 919.57 919.57
2 RJ Hadlee 150 246 57.08 1.64 873.69 873.69
3 DK Lillee 132 207 58.31 1.57 846.08 846.08
4 GD McGrath 243 345 61.28 1.42 827.37 827.37
5 MA Holding 113 180 72.29 1.59 796.03 796.03
6 CEL Ambrose 179 258 63.70 1.44 786.06 786.06
7 PJ Cummins 81 123 61.81 1.52 776.90 776.90
8 CA Walsh 242 323 62.24 1.33 770.21 770.21
9 Imran Khan 142 207 57.18 1.46 769.28 769.28
10 FS Trueman 127 195 63.52 1.54 759.74 759.74
11 JM Anderson 325 398 59.67 1.22 758.78 758.78
12 AA Donald 129 197 59.70 1.53 734.83 734.83
13 SCJ Broad 293 352 62.19 1.20 734.65 734.65
14 IT Botham 168 225 58.75 1.34 729.35 729.35
15 AK Davidson 82 132 70.97 1.61 729.21 729.21
16 J Garner 111 155 59.85 1.40 723.05 723.05
17 RGD Willis 165 221 68.00 1.34 713.82 713.82
18 N Kapil Dev 227 238 54.84 1.05 681.37 681.37
19 K Rabada 100 127 49.42 1.27 663.08 663.08
20 DW Steyn 171 219 49.89 1.28 632.99 632.99
21 MA Starc 136 149 51.92 1.10 609.90 609.90
22 Mohammed Shami 114 109 50.46 0.96 580.85 580.85
23 SM Pollock 202 218 51.78 1.08 575.21 575.21
24 Wasim Akram 181 170 41.06 0.94 528.10 528.10
25 Waqar Younis 154 139 37.27 0.90 480.09 480.09

SECONDARY RATING


The total of the above three criteria comes out to be 2,500.00 points. The Conditions Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the three criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is one-fourth of the Overall Rating, i.e. 250 pts.

RANK BATSMAN TF HM TF AW T7 WKTS TOT SEC RAT
1 MD Marshall 415.15 897.83 919.57 2,232.55 223.26
2 RJ Hadlee 359.88 910.29 873.69 2,143.86 214.39
3 GD McGrath 352.91 871.74 827.37 2,052.01 205.20
4 Imran Khan 476.86 787.32 769.28 2,033.46 203.35
5 CEL Ambrose 368.43 778.60 786.06 1,933.09 193.31
6 AA Donald 394.94 793.39 734.83 1,923.16 192.32
7 DK Lillee 390.69 678.69 846.08 1,915.46 191.55
8 MA Holding 300.02 817.59 796.03 1,913.64 191.36
9 CA Walsh 325.73 762.73 770.21 1,858.68 185.87
10 AK Davidson 338.42 777.05 729.21 1,844.68 184.47
11 DW Steyn 409.19 798.37 632.99 1,840.55 184.06
12 JM Anderson 433.19 638.14 758.78 1,830.10 183.01
13 IT Botham 339.81 752.00 729.35 1,821.17 182.12
14 PJ Cummins 366.75 674.82 776.90 1,818.47 181.85
15 J Garner 329.98 747.45 723.05 1,800.48 180.05
16 FS Trueman 381.69 643.57 759.74 1,785.00 178.50
17 RGD Willis 350.39 687.74 713.82 1,751.95 175.20
18 K Rabada 425.96 652.95 663.08 1,741.99 174.20
19 Waqar Younis 419.64 830.36 480.09 1,730.09 173.01
20 SCJ Broad 342.15 620.61 734.65 1,697.41 169.74
21 Wasim Akram 373.38 792.83 528.10 1,694.31 169.43
22 SM Pollock 370.68 745.35 575.21 1,691.25 169.12
23 N Kapil Dev 347.07 640.15 681.37 1,668.59 166.86
24 MA Starc 332.90 715.31 609.90 1,658.11 165.81
25 Mohammed Shami 324.39 684.94 580.85 1,590.18 159.02

FINAL RATING

Final Rating

The Final Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000 Pts. Half the points are for Primary Criteria; one-fourth for Conditions; and one-fourth for Secondary Criteria.

RANK BATSMAN NAT PRI RAT CON RAT SEC RAT FIN RAT
1 GD McGrath AUS 454.42 217.28 205.20 876.90
2 MD Marshall WI 431.95 214.73 223.26 869.94
3 RJ Hadlee NZ 436.01 217.16 214.39 867.56
4 DW Steyn SA 423.22 208.87 184.06 816.15
5 Imran Khan PAK 404.17 199.43 203.35 806.95
6 JM Anderson ENG 425.01 191.06 183.01 799.08
7 CA Walsh WI 401.93 206.04 185.87 793.84
8 CEL Ambrose WI 410.99 168.93 193.31 773.23
9 Waqar Younis PAK 393.15 198.77 173.01 764.93
10 AA Donald SA 382.98 176.28 192.32 751.58
11 DK Lillee AUS 396.17 157.91 191.55 745.62
12 SM Pollock SA 386.49 184.72 169.12 740.33
13 FS Trueman ENG 408.91 152.34 178.50 739.74
14 MA Holding WI 371.94 175.21 191.36 738.52
15 K Rabada SA 402.94 156.94 174.20 734.08
16 RGD Willis ENG 384.60 173.27 175.20 733.06
17 SCJ Broad ENG 400.43 161.63 169.74 731.80
18 Wasim Akram PAK 367.76 191.81 169.43 728.99
19 N Kapil Dev IND 378.81 182.10 166.86 727.77
20 PJ Cummins AUS 380.91 164.69 181.85 727.46
21 IT Botham ENG 377.04 166.91 182.12 726.07
22 AK Davidson AUS 359.77 178.85 184.47 723.09
23 J Garner WI 378.15 159.83 180.05 718.03
24 MA Starc AUS 361.81 179.18 165.81 706.81
25 Mohammed Shami IND 358.20 188.84 159.02 706.06

TOP TEAMS

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

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 NZ SA ENG WI IND


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