With the batting side of cricket becoming increasingly dominant, a new breed of bowlers has emerged on the international stage, with a combination of pace, variations, and decent batting ability. Mohammed Siraj, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Ollie Robinson have all made their mark in the last two years, breaking numerous records in the process. Let’s take a look at a few of the bowlers who seem to have a bright future ahead.
Pakistan’s pace ace: Shaheen Shah Afridi
Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is currently placed fifth in the ICC Test rankings, was the most impressive Test bowler with 47 wickets in nine matches at an average of just 17. He was also named the International Cricket Council’s Men’s Cricketer of the Year. Afridi picked 78 wickets at an average of 22.20 in 36 internationals, with the best bowling figures being 6/51.
He was also a key bowler for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup, taking seven wickets in six matches during the team’s run to the semi-finals. Throughout the calendar year, he dominated the shortest format, taking 23 wickets in 21 matches and improving his death bowling by leaps and bounds.
Ollie Robinson shines among greats
After a rocky start to his Test career, English cricketer Ollie Robinson had 33 wickets at an average of 20.03 in seven Test matches in 2021. He was the best bowler for England in Tests, and with bowlers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad towards the end of their careers, it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for Robinson.
Wanindu Hasaranga: Continuing Sri Lanka’s spin heritage
Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka’s number one T20 bowler, has enjoyed a rapid rise in international cricket. The 24-year-old was the leading wicket-taker at the 2021 T20 World Cup and the joint-highest wicket-taker in T20Is. In the T20s in 2021, he took 36 wickets at an economy of 5.44. He had a stunning average of 11.63 in 20 matches. He was also picked by RCB as a result of his incredible achievements but failed to impress there. He has also shown decent batting skills, averaging 23.74 in ODIs, and will be a major player in 2022.
New Zealand’s fast bowling menace: Kyle Jamieson
Jamieson, who is presently ranked fourth in the ICC Test rankings, has taken 60 wickets at an incredible average of 17.3 so far. He was a major character in New Zealand’s victory over India in the World Test Championship Final. Virat Kohli was a victim of Jamieson’s brilliance in both innings of the WTC Final.
One of the great abilities of Jamieson is to generate extra bounce due to his height. What makes him dangerous and effective is his ability to drag batters forward and then get the ball to bounce from that fuller length. It’s a bit of a perfect storm scenario when it all comes together, especially with his ability to swing the ball both ways at a high rate.
Jayden Seales: Continuing on West Indies’ fast bowling legacy
The West Indies have a history of generating quality fast bowlers, and young Jayden Seales could be the next big thing in the Caribbean. During his brief professional career, the 20-year-old has wowed many. The Trinidadian made his Test debut in June 2021 and has since played four Tests, taking 16 wickets with a best of 5/55 against Pakistan. Seales has performed admirably this year and is expected to develop and perform much better in 2022.
Mohammad Siraj: India’s GenX fast bowler
Mohammed Siraj picked 31 wickets in just 10 matches for India in 2021. He also had a great supporting role in India’s series-leveling victory in Melbourne, taking five wickets in two innings on his Test debut. However, it was in the last Test in Brisbane, where Siraj, along with Shardul Thakur and T. Natarajan, guided an inexperienced Indian bowling attack to a historic triumph. He took 13 wickets in the series, the most by an Indian bowler in that series.
Siraj’s most recent exceptional spell was at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. New Zealand’s usually dependable top-order was spooked by the Hyderabad pacer after Ajaz Patel’s remarkable ten-wicket haul in the first innings.