IPL 2020 is just a few weeks away, and the cricket universe is gearing up for yet another exciting season. The importance of fast bowlers has significantly increased to a larger extent.
Following are the best picks of fast cricket bowlers for IPL 2020:1. Dwayne Bravo– This 36-year-old West Indies all-rounder became the first fast bowler to claim 600 Test wickets. He is particularly known for his "at the death" bowling and also for his variety of lengths he can bowl.
2. Deepak Chahar– Being a right-hand medium-pace bowler and lower-order batsman, he became the first Indian male cricketer to take a hat-trick in a Twenty20 International. His impressive swing bowling soon earned him a youth contract.
3. Andre Russell– This Jamaican professional cricketer was on course to win the IPL Super Striker award in 2018, awarded for having the highest strike rate in the tournament. He was also announced as the Player of the Tournament in 2019 IPL where he had a record IPL season strike rate and also won it.
4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar– This Indian international cricketer who plays all formats of the game, swings the ball both ways efficiently, with his inswingers more effective than outswing. On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of IPL, he was also named in the all-time Cricinfo IPL XI.
5. Chris Jordan– This Barbadian-born English cricketer is a right-arm fast bowler and a late-order right-handed batsman. He was selected by the defending Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2017 Indian Premier League for 50 lakhs Rupees.
6. Ravindra Jadeja– This Indian international cricketer is an all-rounder, who plays as a left-handed middle-order batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He represents Saurashtra in first-class cricket and the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. He was also named as "a superstar in the making" and "Rockstar" by his fellow players.
7. Ravichandran Ashwin– He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off-break. He is the fastest Indian bowler (also in some records the joint-fastest in the world) to reach the 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, 250-, 300- and 350-wicket mark in Test cricket in terms of a number of innings.
8. Kuldeep Yadav– He started out as a fast bowler at academy level and later become a rare left-arm unorthodox spin bowler considering his build, which was ill-suited for fast bowling. He is not only the first left-arm wrist spin bowler to represent India national cricket team in Test cricket but also only the third such bowler in Test cricket to take four wickets on debut.
9. Jasprit Bumrah– He bowls outside the off-stump and has an anomalous, sling-arm action and coupled with natural pace, and a peculiar release point of his deliveries makes it hard for the batsmen to pick him up early. He is considered one of the fastest Indian bowlers with an average speed of 142 km/h, his fastest being 153.26 km/h, which he bowled during the first Test match of India Tour of Australia 2018.
10. Mohammed Shami– He is a right-arm fast bowler, who consistently bowls around the 140 to 145 km/h (87 to 90 mph) mark, and swings and seams ball at that pace which makes him a deceptively potent fast bowler.
Writer - Garima Mohta