Once a pace-starving nation, India was often considered a country that has produced only prolific run-makers. But today, we are going to focus on the fast bowlers the country has produced and there are some terrific names in there.
Let’s take a look at the list of the top 10 fast bowlers India’s ever seen.
1. Javagal Srinath
A premium fast bowler Javagal Srinath was once the poster boy of Indian cricket. In the 1999 World Cup match against Pakistan, Srinath bowled a delivery at 154.5 Kmph.
His leg-cutter was a vital tool as well. He was last seen in action back in 2000.
2. Varun Aaron
Varun Aaron came into the limelight courtesy his raw pace in the domestic circuit. He clocked 153 Kmph against Gujarat in the 2010-11 Vijay Hazare Trophy final. The pacer was groomed at the MRF Pace Foundation.
3. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is the MVP of Indian cricket at the moment. He can bowl toe-crushing yorkers and is currently the best death-over bowler in the world. During the series against Australia Down-under, Bumrah hit the 153 Kmph mark.
The pacer was scouted by then Mumbai Indian’s coach John Wright and the 25-year old hasn’t looked back since then.
4. Navdeep Saini
Karnal-born Royal Challengers Bangalore-pacer Navdeep Saini is well-known for his searing pace. In the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, the 26-year-old clocked a speed of 152.85 Kmph against Sunriser Hyderabad.
His ability to bowl fast at will has earned him a call-up in the Indian side for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies.
5. Ishant Sharma
The lanky Indian pacer made headlines as troubled Ricky Ponting with his stiff bounce and genuine pace. In Adelaide against Australia, Sharma bowled at 152.6 Kmph. He is currently India’s go-to bowler in Test cricket.
6. Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav was once India’s front-line pacer. His aggression coupled with pace makes him a sought-after bowler. In the year 2012, in Brisbane, against Sri Lanka, the Vidarbha Express touched a speed of 152.5 Kmph.
7. Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra has produced arguably the finest bowling performance by an Indian pacer in a World Cup. Against England during the 2003 World Cup, Nehra scalped six wickets and conceded mere 23 runs in a match-winning spell of the fast bowling.
In the same marquee event against Zimbabwe, Nehra clocked 149.7 Kmph.
You can love him or hate him, but you just can’t ignore Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. The former Indian pacer’s raw pace had batsmen struggling to play him.
He once bowled a “snorter” to Jacques Kallis and touched the 149 Kmph mark and in the same Test series, the right-arm pacer bagged his career-best figures to help India script a famous win.
9. Prasidh Krishna
The 19-year-old rookie pacer impressed the likes of Brett Lee and Wasim Akram with his stellar pace. The Kolkata Knight Riders pacer has touched 150.22 Kmph during the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League. With age on his side, the pacer can certainly make the ranks in the coming days.
10. Kamlesh Nagarkoti
At the age of 18, the teenager shook the cricketing fraternity by touching the 149 Kmph mark. Nagarkoti achieved the feat against Australia in the 2018 U19 World Cup.
Kolkata Knight Riders roped him during the 2018 IPL auction for INR 3 Crores.