Top 10 Greatest Indian Fast Bowlers in ODIs

    India has gifted some of the greatest batsmen and spin bowlers who have made it to the record books. But, less has been spoken of the great pacemen who have added color to the Indian game throughout history. This is a celebration of the top 10 Indian quickies that made India proud in the ODIs


    10Mohammad Shami

    A relatively new face compared to others mentioned in this list, Mohammad Shami was born in Amroha in 1990 and made his international One Day debut against Pakistan in January 2013. He has played 50 ODi’s for India and has also represented Bengal, India A, Dehli Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders.

    Shami’s numbers have already shown that he is on his way to becoming one of the greats of all time, with 91 wickets in 50 matches at an average of 25.37 and a strike rate of 27.7. His economy rate of 5.48 runs per over is pretty good if you spare some thought for the number of overs he bowls in the power plays. He bowls at a very quick pace, sometimes hitting speeds of 140 kph’s, retaining constant accuracy. Shami does not give the batsman any margin to score and his ability to move the ball both ways is an asset.

    He was the main strike bowler for India in the 2015 World Cup in the seaming tracks of Australia and New Zealand and led India to the semi-finals. His best figures of 4 for 35 came against Pakistanis in the same World Cup. Like any fast bowler, Shami has had a few injuries along the way and his knee, in particular, has given him trouble. However, his persistence has served him well to remain in the limelight despite minor setbacks. His consistency and accuracy is unmatched to any other swing bowler in the present day and surely will improve with more great spells in time to come.

    Trivia – It was later revealed that Shami had played the 2015 world cup with a knee injury.

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    1. What a list considering bumrah and bhuvneshwar better odi bowlers than everybody on that list in terms of bowling. Both at the death and at the start.

    2. I believe if they play Nehra,Bhuvneshwar,Unadkat,Bumrah,Jadeja as five bowlers they will beat any team 100 on 100 times anywhere even on mars but pitches must be like SA else you need spin twins too.But alas selection panels are not talented enough.
      Similarly AUS badly need Bailey/Marsh in odis.England need Pietersen/Trott.WI need russel/bravo/pollard/narine but egos are big my dear friend.If I were the selector cricket might have landed as a better game.

    3. They (Bumrah or B Kumar) need to play some more years before getting into the list. And Javagal Srinath was deprived of an earlier career by India unnecessarily persisting with Kapil (to enable him to overtake Hadlee in Tests) and continuing with Prbahakar on grounds that he also allowed the option of being used as an opening batsman!

    4. I guess Manoj Prabhakar can be replaced by Bhuvi or Bumrah. In case you want to include tainted cricketers like Prabhakar, I believe Sreesanth was a better choice for the list. He did bowl with a lot of fire and venom, and had all the ingredients to end up as one of the all time greats of ODI cricket. Umesh Yadav, Chetan Sharma, RP Singh and Munaf Patel are notable mentions perhaps but still not good enough for the list.


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