Top bowlers that took 2021 by storm


Aryan Surana
While batsmen tend to be the crowd favorites in cricket, it is often the bowlers that win the games. The gentleman's game of cricket has undergone tremendous changes over the past three decades, in particular. Bowlers are faster and more fearless than ever before, often instilling real fear in the batsmen that have to face them. Although the past two years have been impacted considerably by the pandemic, the game has regained a sense of normalcy in recent times. With that in mind, let's have a look at just three of the many bowlers who impressed us this year.

Bumrah is brilliantly unorthodox

Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah continued to impress this year with his natural pace and somewhat peculiar sling-arm action. Prior to the start of the ICC T20 World Cup that took place in the UAE and Oman, former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir stated that Bumrah is the best T20 bowler in the world at present. Bumrah is as fast as he is accurate with his fatal Yorkers instilling fear in his limited-overs opposition. His very unique bowling angles often result in the batsman being caught off-guard and make him a mammoth threat in all formats of the game.

Starc is one of the best

Australia's coach, Justin Langer, does not have to think twice when asked who he believes is the best-limited overs bowler in the world at present. Although Mitchell Starc was not originally considered to be in the same league as the likes of fast bowling legends such as Brett Lee and Shaun Tait, he has proven to be every bit as dangerous on the pitch as his predecessors. Starc, who has made a name for himself thanks to his toe-breaking Yorkers, delivered his fastest ball during the second test match between his team and New Zealand back in 2015. Although he is yet to beat his own record of 99.7 mph, Starc struck fear into his opposition with many flawless deliveries and is set to continue his domination in the new year.

Shamsi spins his way to a new record

South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi rose to fame when the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots franchise bought him for the 2015 Caribbean T20 league. Since then the left-arm leg spinner has continued to impress on the pitch. He broke the world record for most wickets taken in a calendar year in T20 cricket during SA's third game of this year's T20 world cup. The previous record of 31 wickets was jointly held by Andrew Tye of Australia (2018) and Uganda's Dinesh Nakrani (2021). Shamsi now has 32 T20 wickets to his name this year. If his current form is anything to go by, the South African will continue to instill fear in batsmen from across the world in 2022.

Cricket fans across the world enjoyed superb bowling action during the course of 2021. With such a superb variety of both established and emerging bowling talent taking to the pitches of the world, next year is promising to make for even more nail-biting cricket.