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The game of cricket has witnessed several bowlers for over decades. Bowling has a lot of variations and so do the bowlers. This bowlers have been nightmares for batsmen and were equally instrumental in contributing towards their team's victory.
Even though many bowlers have rolled their arms, not all have achieved equal success. Here are 10 such bowlers, who rocked the world with their bowling styles and variations. All of them are legends in their own right and the world hails them as all time greats.
10. Malcolm Marshall
He is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers to have ever played the game. In tests he took 376 wickets and in ODI, he took 157 wickets. 22 times he took a 5 wicket haul. His average of 20 in tests, is better than any other bowler who has taken a minimum of 200 wickets. He is thus at the number 10 position on the list.
9. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis is often regarded as the second best Paksitani bowlers of all time after Wasim Akram. He has also coached the national side. His yorkers used to be deadly and he has taken the wicket of almost any and every batsmen he played against. He is also the youngest bowler in test to take 400 wickets. He along with Wasim Akram formed the most dreadful bowline line up.
8. James Anderson
Jimmy Anderson is currently playing for England and is on the verge of overtaking Glen McGrath's wicket haul in test. He has taken 557 wickets in tests and 269in ODIs and is one of the best bowlers of his generation. He is also the only English bowler to take 500 plus wickets in tests. He has several records and achievements on his resume and is thus at the number 6 position on our list.
7. Chaminda Vaas
Chaminda Vaas is considered as the best fast bolwer Sri Lanka has ever produced. He has the record for most number of wickets(8) in an ODI match in the world. He is the youngest bowler to take 300 wickets in ODI cricket. He captained the national team and was also selected twice to represent the World XI in 2004 and 2005. Throughout his career, he has taken 761 wickets and is the second best bowler for Sri Lanka ever.
6. Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble is the highest wicket taker for India in tests. He is the only player along with Jim Laker to capture all the 10 wickets in an innings. Besides, he is the highest wicket taker for India in both tests and in OdIs. He is also a former coach of India, and is an inductee in the ICC Hall of Fame. Kumble thus occupies the number 6 position on our list.
5. Courtney Walsh
Walsh is the first ever bowler to reach 500 wickets in test cricket. He took a total of twenty-three 5 wicket hauls and has often caused trouble to batsmen. He was also appointed by the Bangladesh team to assist their bowling division. Walsh won the man of the match award 5 times. He captained the national team in 22 tests and is an inductee in the ICC Hall of Fame. He is a legend and is thus at the no. 5 position.
4. Shane Warne
Shane Warne is often regarded as the greatest Leg-spinner of all time. He took 708 wickets in tests and is the second highest wicket taker of all time. He once turned a bowl with so much spin, that it was recognized as the ball of the century. Warne was responsible for many partnership breaks and took 5 wicket haul 38 times. He is a living legend and is the greatest Australian spinner of all time.
3. Glenn McGrath
McGrath is the best medium pacer bowler that the world has ever seen. He could swing the ball either-ways and helped Australia to win World Cups over the years. McGrath took 36 five wicket hauls and clinched a total of 949 wickets in his international career alone. He helped Australian cricket immensely and is a true ambassador of the game. McGrath was highly economical as well and is thus on the number 2 position.
2. Wasim Akram
Perhaps the best fast bowler of all time, Akram ended his career as the 2nd highest wicket taker in ODIs. He was the first bowler to reach the 500 wicket haul and has taken 5 wicket hauls a total of 31 times. He has coached several teams, and has taken a total of 916 wickets both tests and ODI matches combined. Akram is undoubtedly the best Pakistani bolwer ever and is thus at the number 2 position.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
This cricketer is undoubtedly the best spinner, best Lankan bowler, greatest off-spinner, best turner and the best bowler of all time. He is the highest wicket taker in both Tests and in ODIs and is an inductee in the ICC Hall of Fame. He has taken more than 1000 wickets in International matches,