Bowler (cricket)

Bowler (cricket)

A bowler in the sport of cricket is usually a player whose speciality is bowling, analogous to a pitcher in baseball. A bowler who is also a competent batsman is known as an all-rounder.

There are several types of bowlers and most teams will have a variety available in the team to take advantage of pitch or weather conditions or known weaknesses of the opposition.

A "fast bowler" is usually the mainstay of a team's attack. They will take a long run up before bowling each ball to build momentum and rhythm and can deliver the cricket ball at speeds up to 160 km/h (100 mph) with Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan being the first to reach this goal, though his pace along with colleague Mohammed Asif's was both questioned, after it was discovered they had both taken the banned substance Nandralone, a steriod which enhances performance. It is widely considered that the pace either can bowl at was not genuine.

A "medium pace bowler" bowls somewhat more slowly and will often have some other weapon in their bowling arsenal rather than relying on speed. This might take the form of being able to swing the ball in the air or disguise the speed or length of his or her delivery to fool the batsman. Some medium pacers are simply accurate; they can repeatedly deliver the ball to a place which forces the batsman to defend rather than scoring runs.

A "spin bowler" usually bowls quite slowly and puts tremendous spin on the ball causing it to bounce at an angle off the pitch, forcing the batsman to treat each ball carefully. Generally spin bowlers give up the most runs but they all have "tricks" that they use to fool the batsman and get him or her out (such as the arm ball, googly, flipper, topspinner or doosra). Spin bowling is very much about deceit rather than speed. A fast Off Spin is the normal off spin action but with more pace. Off spin is when the cricket ball spins towards a right handed batsmen's bat. With more pace, there usually is less turn (amount of spin). The grip for spin is the three middle fingers on you hand wrapped around the ball's side (end fingers just touching seam). Off-spin is also referred to as Off-Break or Finger Spin.

Bowlers by Country (current)


Pace bowlers
*Shaun Tait
*Brett Lee
*Mitchell Johnson
*Nathan Bracken
*Stuart Clark
*Ben Hilfenhaus

Spin Bowlers
*Dan Cullen
*Brad Hogg
*Stuart MacGill Bowling All-Rounders
*James Hopes
*Andrew Symonds
*Michael Clarke
*Shane Watson


Pace Bowlers
*Mashrafe Mortaza
*Syed Rasel
*Aftab Ahmed
*Shahadat Hossain
*Sajidul Islam

Spin Bowlers
*Mohammad Rafique
*Abdur Razzak
*Mohammad Ashraful
*Shakib Al Hasan
*Enamul Haque Jr


Pace Bowlers
*Stephen Harmison
*Matthew Hoggard
*Simon Jones
*Liam Plunkett
*James Anderson
*Ryan Sidebottom
*Sajid Mahmood
*Stuart Broad
*Jon Lewis

Spin Bowlers
*Monty Panesar

Bowling All-Rounders
*Jamie Dalrymple
*Andrew Flintoff
*Paul Collingwood
*Ravinder Bopara
*Dimitri Mascarenhas


Pace Bowlers
*Shanthakumaran Sreesanth
*Praveen Kumar
*Munaf Patel
*Zaheer Khan
*R. P. Singh
*Ajit Agarkar
*VRV Singh
*Ishant Sharma
*Joginder Sharma

Spin Bowlers
*Anil Kumble
*Harbhajan Singh
*Piyush Chawla
*Ramesh Powar
*Murali Kartik
*Pragyan Ojha

Bowling All-Rounders
*Irfan Pathan
*Yuvraj Singh
*Yusuf Pathan


Pace Bowlers
*David Langford-Smith
*Boyd Rankin

Spin Bowlers
*Kyle McCallan

Bowling All-Rounders
*Trent Johnston
*Andre Botha


Pace Bowlers
*Josephat Ababu
*Ragheb Aga
*Alfred Luseno
*Peter Ongondo
*Lameck Onyango
*Elijah Otieno

Spin Bowlers
*Hiren Varaiya
*James Kamande

Bowling allrounders
*Nehemiah Odhiambo
*Thomas Odoyo
*Tony Suji

New Zealand

Pace Bowlers
*Shane Bond
*Chris Martin
*James Franklin
*Kyle Mills
*Mark Gillespie
*Daryl Tuffey
*Michael Mason
*Tim Southee

Spin Bowlers
*Daniel Vettori
*Jeetan Patel

Bowling All-Rounders
*Jacob Oram
*Scott Styris


Pace Bowlers
* Shoaib Akhtar
*Mohammad Sami
*Mohammad Asif
*Sohail Tanvir
*Umar Gul
*Sohail Khan
*Shabbir Ahmed
*Rao Iftikhar Anjum
*Yasir Arafat

Spin Bowlers
*Danish Kaneria
*Abdur Rehman
*Mansoor Amjad
*Rizwan AhmadBowling All-rounders
*Shahid Afridi
*Shoaib Malik
*Mohammad Hafeez
*Azhar Mahmood
*Fawad Alam

outh Africa

Pace Bowlers
*Makhaya Ntini
*Shaun Pollock
*Andre Nel
*Charl Langeveldt
*Roger Telemachus
*Dale Steyn

Spin Bowlers
*Paul Harris
*Robin Peterson

Bowling All-Rounders
*Jacques Kallis
*Justin Kemp

ri Lanka

Pace Bowlers
*Chaminda Vaas
*Ruchira Perera
*Dilhara Fernando
*Nuwan Zoysa
*Lasith Malinga
*Nuwan Kulasekara

Spin Bowlers
*Muttiah Muralitharan
*Ajantha Mendis
*Malinga Bandara

Bowling All-Rounders
*Farveez Maharoof
*Sanath Jayasuriya
*Tillakaratne Dilshan

West Indies

Pace Bowlers
*Corey Collymore
*Fidel Edwards
*Daren Powell
*Jerome Taylor

Spin Bowlers
*Dave Mohammed
*Amit Jaggernauth

Bowling All-Rounders
*Dwayne Bravo
*Chris Gayle
*Darren Sammy


Pace Bowlers
*Gary Brent
*Tawanda Mupariwa

Spin Bowlers
*Prosper Utseya

Bowling All-Rounders
*Elton Chigumbura

ee also

*Types of bowlers in cricket
*Comparison of cricket bowlers
*Cricket terminology

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