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Saeed Ajmal beats Steyn to No.1

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Ajmal has gone from strength to strength. (©GettyImages)
Ajmal has gone from strength to strength. (©GettyImages).

GMS Academy member Muneeb Ahsan picks the top three bowlers in world cricket...

1. Saeed Ajmal (PAKISTAN)

The Pakistani spin wizard has not stopped performing since breaking into the international . Despite being 35 he takes wickets regularly and when needed the most.

He is the backbone of Pakistan's bowling which is regarded by one as the world's best. Ajmal is surely in the form of his life.

A right-arm off spinner, Ajmal's stock delivery turns into right-handed batsman but he also frequently uses the doosra which turns the other way, and he generally bowls flatter than most off spinners.

The doosra has been an effective tool for Ajmal as batsmen have often failed to pick it. Ajmal made his ODI debut for Pakistan in July 2008 at the age of 30.

He helped Pakistan win the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. Since November 2011, Ajmal has been ranked by the International Cricket Council as the number one bowler in ODIs.

He is also ranked number one among bowlers in T20, while his current ICC test bowler ranking is number three.

In his 20th Test, Ajmal became the quickest Pakistani to take 100 test wickets. 

Ajmal is the second most leading wicket taker in Twenty20 International cricket, only behind Umar Gul. Overall in his first class career Ajmal has taken 438 wickets.

2. Dale Steyn (SOUTH AFRICA)

Steyn has grown into a bowler who has a firm grip on all aspects of seam bowling. His jaw dropping and deadly bouncers are today feared by the world's best batsmen.

He is the fastest South African to reach 100 wickets in Test matches, a feat he achieved on 2 March 2008 in his 20th match.

Steyn is the second fastest South African, behind Hugh Tayfield to reach 150 wickets in Test matches, which he achieved in his 29th match.

He currently has the fifth best bowling strike rate of 41.1 of all time (in Tests), behind George Lohmann, Vernon Philander, John Ferris and Shane Bond. 

In October 2012, alongside Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, Steyn was part of a South African pace attack bowling coach and former test cricketer Allan Donald called the best the country had ever produced.

Moreover he is a consistent performer. He has amazing pace and stunning accuracy along with his leathal wicket taking ability. He has also taken 491 wickets in his first class career.

3. Sunil Narine (WEST INDIES)

Narine a amazing mystery bowler who is getting better day by day and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Apart from his terrific bowling skills he can also knock the ball over the fence and play a vital short inning when needed the most.

He is a consistent performer and can get a couple of wickets in every match he plays. He is also widely regarded as the world's top young talents in cricket.

He will be the one to watch having taken an astonishing 79 wickets in only 47 matches in his List A career.

He has become the backbone of West Indies bowling and success. Narine also played a vital and a important role in West Indies T20 World Cup success. 

Primarily an off-spin bowler, he is also a left-handed batsman. Narine's participated in the 2012 Indian Premier League where he represented Kolkata Knight Riders and was named Player of the Tournament in his first season with 24 wickets at a miserly 5.47 runs per over.

He also became the first player in IPL 2013 to take an hat-trick on April 16, 2013 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Honourable mentions:

- Muhammad Irfan

- Ravindra Jadeja

- James Anderson

- Peter Siddle

- Muhammad Hafeez 

 

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Pakistan cricket
West Indies cricket
South Africa cricket
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