Top four bowlers of the world
The playing conditions in cricket these days have been heavily favoring the batsmen. The bowlers are having a hard time as the pitches have become a batting paradise. Most of the bowlers are struggling to contain batsmen from scoring runs freely these days but some bowlers have adapted themselves to the new batting friendly conditions and improved their skill set and have performed admirably well.
Here are 4 best bowlers in the world right now across all formats of the game -
#4 Rashid Khan ( Afghanistan)
20 years old Afghanistan sensation has been one of the consistent performers over the last few years. He has been a revelation ever since he made his debut in the Indian Premier League ( IPL) in 2017. He was a stand out performer for his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in his debut season and also in the preceding seasons.
He has played 52 ODI's till date and picked up 118 wickets at an excellent strike rate of 22.2 with 7/18 being his best bowling performance in an innings. He has played mostly against associate nations but whenever he got an opportunity to play against quality opposition he performed admirably well. The recently concluded Asia cup was an excellent example of his skill set as he troubled many top batsmen in Asia.
The leg-spinner has participated in 35 T20 matches and picked up 64 wickets at a strike rate of 12.3 with 5/3 being his best performance in an innings. He has an excellent economy rate of 6.01 which shows his ability in the batsmen friendly T20 format.
He currently holds the First position in T20 international rankings. In the ODI cricket rankings, he holds the second position.
#3 Josh Hazlewood ( Australia)
Newly appointed joint vice-captain of the Australian team, Josh Hazlewood has been one of Australia's best bowler in the last few years in both Test and ODI formats. In the absence of injury prone Mitchell Starc, he has spearheaded the Aussies bowling attack and produced fruitful results for Australia with his consistent bowling performances.
He is not the fastest of the bowlers like his counterparts Starc and Cummins, but what makes him one of the best bowlers is his ability to bowl in the good length consistently along with perfect combination of seam and swing. The 27-year-old's ability to bowl tightly has earned him comparisons with retired great Glen Mcgrath who pioneered the particular craft.
Hazlewood has played 40 Test matches and picked up 151 wickets. In ODI's he picked up 69 wickets in 41 matches. He currently holds the tenth position ICC Test match rankings. In ODI's he is placed at the fifth position.