As the pacers mature and come to grips with the unforgiving nature of cricket, they tend to rely more on variations in pace, and on swing bowling and seam bowling techniques. Here is the list of Top 10 Fastest bowlers in cricket history:-

1. Shoaib Akhtar also known as "Rawalpindi Express": The fastest ever bowler in cricket history Shoaib Akhtar recorded 161.3 km/hr against England in the 2003 World Cup. Akhtar is popularly known as the 'Rawalpindi Express' for his ability to consistently bowl at speeds touching 100 mph. He was first bowler to reach 100mph and has bowled at speeds of 160km/hr, 159km/hr and 158.4km/hr in his playing career.

2. Brett Lee: His fastest ever balll was recorded at 161.8km/ph, but it was an unofficial game not recognised by the ICC. The Australian pacer bowled his fastest delivery of 160.8 kmph against New Zealand at Napier in 2005, and is the second fastest bowler in the history of cricket.

3. Shaun Tait: He is considered one of the fastest bowlers in the world who can regularly touch the 150km/hr mark. Tait had to retire from Test and ODI cricket due to recurrent injuries, and he only plays in the shortest format of the game currently, T20. The Australian bowled his fastest delivery at 160.7 kmph in a T20 international against Pakistan in 2010 at Melbourne, which is also the fastest ever delivery recorded in Australia.



4. Jeff Thompson: He is regarded as one of the greatest ever Australian bowlers of all time. Thompson was one of the fastest bowlers alongside Dennis Lillee during the 70′s. Thompson is the 4th fastest bowler in cricket history and the fastest of his generation and his fastest delivery is 160.4 kmph against West Indies in Perth 1975.

5. Andy Roberts: Andy Roberts is widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers to play the sport, and was an integral part of the West Indian team that won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups. His fastest delivery is 159.5 kph against Australia in Perth 1975.

6. Fidel Edwards: His slinging action and blistering pace made him a difficult bowler to negotiate. The West Indian has also played in the Indian Premier League with the Deccan Chargers and his fastest delivery is 157.7 kmph which came against South Africa in 2003.

7. Mohammed Sami: His fastest delivery 156.4 kmph ODI came Out at Sharjah against Zimbabwe in April 2003. Sami is an excellent bowler in the death overs and has the ability to bowl quick yorkers and swing the ball at high pace.

8. Shane Bond: Bond was the first pacer to reach the 150kmph mark during the 2001-02 season. However, Bond recorded 156.4km/h in the 2003 ICC World Cup, and had some of the best batting lineups troubled with his venomous pace.



9. Dale Steyn: An aggressive bowler and the ability to bowl deadly reverse swing makes Dale Steyn one of the top bowlers in modern era. His fastest delivery was recorded at 155.7km/h on the speed gun against New Zealand.

10. Lasith Malinga: Malinga's slinging side arm action and his variations in pace, including the deadly slow yorker make him a tricky bowler to deal with, but the Sri Lankan's greatest strength is his ability to clock high speeds touching 150 kmph consistently. He clocked his highest speed of 155.7km/h in 2011 in India.

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