Top 10 Fast Bowlers of All Time In T20Is

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 Afghanistan. All home and away stats of Pakistani and Afghani bowlers are calculated accordingly. The Overall Rating is divided into three main sections:-

  • Primary Rating: Which gives points for wickets, average, economy rate (ER) and best bowling performaces by wkts and ER.
  • Conditions Rating: Which gives points for performance of a bowler At Home, Away From Home, In Asia and Outside Asia
  • Secondary Rating: Which gives points for Top Form (Home and Away) and performances in World Cup.
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 20
Min Innings (TT) 20
Min Wickets (TS AVE) 25
Min Balls (TS ECO) 500

PRIMARY CRITERIA

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Wickets Taken

RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS WKTS RAT
TS TG Southee NZ 2008 2022 2015 103 129 200.00
1 TG Southee NZ 2008 2022 2015 103 129 200.00
2 SL Malinga SL 2006 2020 2013 83 107 165.89
3 Mustafizur Rahman BAN 2015 2022 2018.5 77 97 150.39
4 Bhuvneshwar Kumar IND 2012 2022 2017 84 89 137.98
5 Umar Gul PAK 2007 2016 2011.5 60 85 131.78
6 TA Boult NZ 2013 2022 2017.5 55 74 114.73
7 MA Starc AUS 2012 2022 2017 58 73 113.18
8 JJ Bumrah IND 2016 2022 2019 59 70 108.53
9 DW Steyn SA 2007 2020 2013.5 47 64 99.22
10 JR Hazlewood AUS 2013 2022 2017.5 41 58 89.92
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 Relative Average

Against All Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Umar Gul 60 1443 85 16.98 26.66 16.88 150.00
1 Umar Gul 60 1443 85 16.98 26.66 16.88 150.00
2 DW Steyn 47 1175 64 18.36 26.34 18.47 137.03
3 SL Malinga 83 2225 107 20.79 27.48 20.06 126.22
4 JR Hazlewood 41 1181 58 20.36 26.26 20.55 123.20
5 JJ Bumrah 59 1416 70 20.23 25.68 20.87 121.29
6 Mustafizur Rahman 77 2129 97 21.95 25.82 22.53 112.37
7 TA Boult 55 1647 74 22.26 26.03 22.66 111.72
8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 84 2032 89 22.83 26.22 23.08 109.69
9 MA Starc 58 1674 73 22.93 25.84 23.52 107.62
10 TG Southee 103 3118 129 24.17 26.06 24.58 102.97

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS RUNS WKTS AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS Umar Gul 52 1316 75 17.55 26.66 17.44 150.00
1 Umar Gul 52 1316 75 17.55 26.66 17.44 150.00
2 DW Steyn 43 1108 57 19.44 26.34 19.56 133.77
3 SL Malinga 76 2128 95 22.40 27.48 21.60 121.10
4 JR Hazlewood 35 1064 48 22.17 26.26 22.37 116.97
5 TA Boult 49 1488 67 22.21 26.03 22.61 115.72
6 JJ Bumrah 52 1287 58 22.19 25.68 22.89 114.28
7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 75 1847 80 23.09 26.22 23.34 112.12
8 Mustafizur Rahman 65 1829 77 23.75 25.82 24.38 107.32
9 MA Starc 53 1529 64 23.89 25.84 24.51 106.77
10 TG Southee 93 2857 113 25.28 26.06 25.71 101.75
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 JJ Bumrah 59 1283 1416 6.62 8.14 6.71 150.00
1 JJ Bumrah 59 1283 1416 6.62 8.14 6.71 150.00
2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 84 1749 2032 6.97 8.20 7.01 143.52
3 DW Steyn 47 1015 1175 6.95 8.13 7.05 142.83
4 Umar Gul 60 1203 1443 7.20 8.11 7.32 137.58
5 SL Malinga 83 1799 2225 7.42 8.16 7.50 134.24
6 MA Starc 58 1314 1674 7.64 8.25 7.65 131.65
7 JR Hazlewood 41 922 1181 7.69 8.28 7.66 131.42
8 Mustafizur Rahman 77 1672 2129 7.64 8.11 7.77 129.55
9 TA Boult 55 1257 1647 7.86 8.30 7.81 128.84
10 TG Southee 103 2293 3118 8.16 8.26 8.15 123.55

Against Top Teams

RANK BOWLER INNS BLS RUNS ER C ER R ER RAT
TS JJ Bumrah 52 1117 1287 6.91 8.14 7.01 150.00
1 JJ Bumrah 52 1117 1287 6.91 8.14 7.01 150.00
2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 75 1557 1847 7.12 8.20 7.16 146.75
3 DW Steyn 43 931 1108 7.14 8.13 7.25 145.04
4 SL Malinga 76 1688 2128 7.56 8.16 7.64 137.49
5 MA Starc 53 1200 1529 7.65 8.25 7.65 137.41
6 Umar Gul 52 1034 1316 7.64 8.11 7.76 135.36
7 TA Boult 49 1113 1488 8.02 8.30 7.97 131.82
8 JR Hazlewood 35 798 1064 8.00 8.28 7.97 131.81
9 Mustafizur Rahman 65 1388 1829 7.91 8.11 8.04 130.69
10 TG Southee 93 2077 2857 8.25 8.26 8.24 127.51
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 Umar Gul 5/6 5/6 4/8 4/13 4/37 4.40 100.00
1 Umar Gul 5/6 5/6 4/8 4/13 4/37 4.40 100.00
1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5/4 5/24 4/13 4/22 4/26 4.40 100.00
3 Mustafizur Rahman 5/22 4/12 4/21 3/13 3/23 3.80 86.36
3 JR Hazlewood 4/12 4/16 4/30 4/39 3/12 3.80 86.36
3 SL Malinga 5/6 5/31 3/12 3/17 3/20 3.80 86.36
6 TG Southee 5/18 4/21 3/6 3/13 3/16 3.60 81.82
7 DW Steyn 4/9 4/17 3/15 3/22 3/38 3.40 77.27
7 TA Boult 4/13 4/34 3/17 3/20 3/20 3.40 77.27
9 MA Starc 4/20 3/11 3/20 3/23 3/26 3.20 72.73
10 JJ Bumrah 3/12 3/14 3/16 3/23 2/9 2.80 63.64
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 30+ 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 4.0/4 4.0/9 3.0/7 3.0/9 1.89 100.00
1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3.0/3 4.0/4 4.0/9 3.0/7 3.0/9 1.89 100.00
2 Umar Gul 3.0/6 4.0/8 2.2/6 2.0/7 4.0/14 2.72 69.67
3 SL Malinga 4.0/6 2.0/5 4.0/11 4.0/15 3.4/14 2.92 64.93
4 JJ Bumrah 2.0/5 3.0/8 4.0/12 3.0/10 3.0/10 3.04 62.29
5 TG Southee 2.1/6 4.0/12 4.0/13 3.0/10 3.0/10 3.15 60.12
6 Mustafizur Rahman 4.0/9 4.0/9 3.3/12 4.0/15 4.0/16 3.18 59.53
7 DW Steyn 3.0/6 3.0/9 4.0/13 4.0/15 4.0/17 3.38 56.00
8 JR Hazlewood 4.0/12 4.0/12 4.0/16 4.0/16 4.0/16 3.59 52.79
9 TA Boult 4.0/8 4.0/13 4.0/17 4.0/18 3.0/14 3.66 51.72
10 MA Starc 2.2/8 3.1/11 4.0/15 4.0/16 4.0/17 3.83 49.45

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 C TT ECO E TT BBW BBE RAT PRI PTS
1 Umar Gul 131.78 150.00 150.00 137.58 135.36 100.00 69.67 874.39 437.20
2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 137.98 109.69 112.12 143.52 146.75 100.00 100.00 850.06 425.03
3 SL Malinga 165.89 126.22 121.10 134.24 137.49 86.36 64.93 836.24 418.12
4 TG Southee 200.00 102.97 101.75 123.55 127.51 81.82 60.12 797.73 398.86
5 DW Steyn 99.22 137.03 133.77 142.83 145.04 77.27 56.00 791.16 395.58
6 Mustafizur Rahman 150.39 112.37 107.32 129.55 130.69 86.36 59.53 776.22 388.11
7 JJ Bumrah 108.53 121.29 114.28 150.00 150.00 63.64 62.29 770.02 385.01
8 JR Hazlewood 89.92 123.20 116.97 131.42 131.81 86.36 52.79 732.47 366.23
9 TA Boult 114.73 111.72 115.72 128.84 131.82 77.27 51.72 731.82 365.91
10 MA Starc 113.18 107.62 106.77 131.65 137.41 72.73 49.45 718.80 359.40

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 ECO RAT WTG
1 Mustafizur Rahman 34 46 17.17 6.48 766.96 191.74
2 TG Southee 56 73 24.41 8.51 729.58 182.39
3 SL Malinga 30 40 22.35 7.85 674.61 168.65
4 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 33 34 26.03 7.59 652.37 163.09
5 Umar Gul 16 20 20.20 6.97 644.08 161.02
6 JJ Bumrah 28 28 23.11 6.76 643.85 160.96
7 MA Starc 20 24 23.04 7.34 606.30 151.57
8 JR Hazlewood 15 22 21.32 8.09 601.97 150.49
9 DW Steyn 16 22 20.00 7.59 599.82 149.96
10 TA Boult 30 33 29.27 8.56 548.70 137.18

Away From Home

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 Umar Gul 44 65 15.98 7.29 906.80 906.80
2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 51 55 20.85 6.56 881.38 881.38
3 SL Malinga 53 67 19.87 7.16 840.48 840.48
4 TA Boult 25 41 16.61 7.04 833.52 833.52
5 DW Steyn 31 42 17.50 6.61 811.91 811.91
6 JJ Bumrah 31 42 18.31 6.51 767.75 767.75
7 TG Southee 47 56 23.86 7.74 746.38 746.38
8 MA Starc 38 49 22.88 7.80 721.74 721.74
9 JR Hazlewood 26 36 19.78 7.44 719.10 719.10
10 Mustafizur Rahman 43 51 26.25 8.54 685.84 685.84

FAVOURABLE/UNFAVOURABLE CONDITIONS


Favourable Conditions Rating

Non Asians Outside Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 TG Southee 76 93 25.28 8.45 823.09 205.77
2 DW Steyn 33 43 19.47 7.03 774.19 193.55
3 TA Boult 40 48 25.73 8.13 696.81 174.20
4 JR Hazlewood 22 29 24.17 8.25 681.86 170.46
5 MA Starc 33 34 27.21 7.59 673.15 168.29

Asians Outside Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 Umar Gul 29 47 13.13 6.36 990.67 247.67
2 SL Malinga 37 48 19.06 7.00 856.37 214.09
3 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 34 32 25.25 6.95 731.26 182.81
4 JJ Bumrah 20 28 19.36 6.99 727.63 181.91
5 Mustafizur Rahman 18 19 29.21 8.26 592.66 148.16

Unfavourable Conditions Rating

Non Asians In Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 TA Boult 15 26 15.85 7.14 906.85 906.85
2 TG Southee 27 36 21.31 7.39 870.00 870.00
3 MA Starc 25 39 19.21 7.71 866.93 866.93
4 JR Hazlewood 19 29 16.55 6.99 865.24 865.24
5 DW Steyn 14 21 16.10 6.74 853.13 853.13

Asians In Asia

RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 50 57 21.47 6.99 878.17 878.17
2 Mustafizur Rahman 59 78 20.18 7.44 860.62 860.62
3 SL Malinga 46 59 22.20 7.74 800.29 800.29
4 JJ Bumrah 39 42 20.81 6.41 762.88 762.88
5 Umar Gul 31 38 21.74 7.98 732.23 732.23

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 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 881.38 163.09 878.17 182.81 2,105.45 210.55
2 TA Boult 833.52 137.18 906.85 174.20 2,051.75 205.17
3 Umar Gul 906.80 161.02 732.23 247.67 2,047.72 204.77
4 SL Malinga 840.48 168.65 800.29 214.09 2,023.51 202.35
5 DW Steyn 811.91 149.96 853.13 193.55 2,008.54 200.85
6 TG Southee 746.38 182.39 870.00 205.77 2,004.54 200.45
7 MA Starc 721.74 151.57 866.93 168.29 1,908.53 190.85
8 JR Hazlewood 719.10 150.49 865.24 170.46 1,905.30 190.53
9 Mustafizur Rahman 685.84 191.74 860.62 148.16 1,886.36 188.64
10 JJ Bumrah 767.75 160.96 762.88 181.91 1,873.49 187.35

SECONDARY CRITERIA

Top Form And World Cup

The Secondary Rating consists of three parts. Top Form is calculated by taking the best 15 consecutive innings of a bowlers such that his overall points are maximum. Top Form is calculated seperately for Home and Away innings. World Cup Rating gives points for performances in World Cups. 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
  • WORLD CUP – 1,000 PTS

TOP FORM AT HOME


RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 Mustafizur Rahman 15 23 11.96 5.34 925.72 462.86
2 SL Malinga 15 25 17.56 7.32 749.48 374.74
3 JJ Bumrah 15 19 16.11 6.18 742.08 371.04
4 TG Southee 15 26 16.85 7.68 712.26 356.13
5 Umar Gul 15 20 19.25 7.00 693.16 346.58
6 MA Starc 15 20 19.90 6.94 679.35 339.68
7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 15 18 20.28 6.76 670.11 335.05
8 JR Hazlewood 15 22 21.32 8.09 668.46 334.23
9 DW Steyn 15 21 20.14 7.83 640.79 320.39
10 TA Boult 15 19 26.26 9.10 560.04 280.02

TOP FORM AWAY


RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 Umar Gul 15 31 9.58 5.59 966.52 966.52
2 DW Steyn 15 23 12.17 5.19 844.12 844.12
3 TA Boult 15 30 12.80 6.78 812.43 812.43
4 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 15 23 13.57 6.24 803.71 803.71
5 JR Hazlewood 15 27 13.19 6.40 781.11 781.11
6 SL Malinga 15 26 13.08 6.32 773.40 773.40
7 Mustafizur Rahman 15 29 15.79 8.30 714.28 714.28
8 MA Starc 15 22 17.95 6.91 686.23 686.23
9 JJ Bumrah 15 19 17.47 5.86 664.88 664.88
10 TG Southee 15 20 19.70 6.79 647.31 647.31

WORLD CUP


RANK BOWLER INNS WKTS AVE ECO RAT WTG
1 TA Boult 14 25 14.64 6.57 776.06 776.06
2 Umar Gul 24 35 17.26 7.31 747.32 747.32
3 SL Malinga 31 38 20.08 7.43 738.27 738.27
4 DW Steyn 23 30 19.30 6.96 695.35 695.35
5 TG Southee 22 29 21.00 7.60 665.39 665.39
6 JR Hazlewood 13 17 21.35 7.72 579.41 579.41
7 MA Starc 20 27 24.48 8.37 579.20 579.20
8 Mustafizur Rahman 12 14 22.71 7.23 568.85 568.85
9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 13 8 30.38 5.98 533.05 533.05
10 JJ Bumrah 10 11 22.55 6.41 504.81 504.81

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 WC TOT SEC RAT
1 Umar Gul 346.58 966.52 747.32 2,060.42 206.04
2 SL Malinga 374.74 773.40 738.27 1,886.42 188.64
3 TA Boult 280.02 812.43 776.06 1,868.51 186.85
4 DW Steyn 320.39 844.12 695.35 1,859.86 185.99
5 Mustafizur Rahman 462.86 714.28 568.85 1,745.99 174.60
6 JR Hazlewood 334.23 781.11 579.41 1,694.76 169.48
7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 335.05 803.71 533.05 1,671.80 167.18
8 TG Southee 356.13 647.31 665.39 1,668.83 166.88
9 MA Starc 339.68 686.23 579.20 1,605.10 160.51
10 JJ Bumrah 371.04 664.88 504.81 1,540.73 154.07

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 Umar Gul PAK 437.20 204.77 206.04 848.01
2 SL Malinga SL 418.12 202.35 188.64 809.11
3 Bhuvneshwar Kumar IND 425.03 210.55 167.18 802.76
4 DW Steyn SA 395.58 200.85 185.99 782.42
5 TG Southee NZ 398.86 200.45 166.88 766.20
6 TA Boult NZ 365.91 205.17 186.85 757.93
7 Mustafizur Rahman BAN 388.11 188.64 174.60 751.35
8 JJ Bumrah IND 385.01 187.35 154.07 726.43
9 JR Hazlewood AUS 366.23 190.53 169.48 726.24
10 MA Starc AUS 359.40 190.85 160.51 710.76

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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