Tallest bowlers in Cricket
Today, cricket may have been dominated mostly by batsmen but it was not long ago when bowlers were ruling over the cricket, especially the tall fast bowlers. Fast and medium pacers used to swing the ball in both directions and get extra bounce from the pitch. Height of a bowler plays an important role in this regard. Young cricket fans know very well the Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Irfan as the tallest bowler in the present day cricket; however various other cricketers played in the past who were known for their extra height. Here is the list of five tallest bowlers who played international cricket.
It is impossible for any cricket fan to be unaware about this immensely talented young Pakistani cricketer. Mohammad Irfan has so far played 4 test matches and 43 one day international matches for Pakistan. He is one of those international cricketers who quickly got fame and fan following after making an international debut. Along with his natural talent of fast bowling, he is also famous to be the tallest bowler ever to play international cricket. The height of Mohammad Irfan is 7 ft 1 in and he is known to be the tallest international cricketer in the documented history of the game.
Before Mohammad Irfan made his international debut recently, former West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner was widely known to be the tallest cricketer to play the game. Along with his bowling talent, His 6.8 feet height which helped him to gain 259 wickets in 58 test matches and 146 wickets in only 98 one day international matches. Joel Garner played international cricket from 1977 to 1987.
Bruce is another fast bowler who shared the title of fastest bowler along with Joel Garner, before Mohammad Irfan finally snatched it. Bruce was born in 1963 and played for Australia from 1985 to 1992. Bruce had natural ability to swing the ball, while he gained bounce due to his extra height. He played 27 Test matches and 61 ODIs for Australia. Bruce Reid also served as a bowling coach of Indian cricket team.
Curtly Ambrose made his debut in international cricket when famous West Indian fast bowling started fading from international scene. At the time of his arrival to international arena, he became the second tallest bowler with the height of 6 feet and 7 inches. He provided great support to West Indies team and of course his height played a vital role in it. Overall, he took 405 wickets in 98 test matches and 225 wickets in 176 one day international matches. Mike Selvey of The Guardian immensely praised his bowling action and accuracy. Ambrose (got) retired from international cricket in 2000.
Sulieman Benn is the third bowler in this list who (also) belongs to West Indies. With the height of 6 ft 7 in, he made into (he has been considered in the list of tallest bowlers) our list of tallest bowlers. Often known as “Big Benn”, he made his international debut in 2008 against Sri Lanka as an orthodox left-arm spin bowler. So far Benn has played 25 Test matches and 30 one day international matches for West Indies.
Here we conclude our list of top five tallest bowlers in the history of Cricket. All these bowlers played brilliantly for their team by gaining an extra advantage from their height. You can also inform us about your favorite tallest bowlers in the comments section below. You can also get more information about these and few other tall bowlers from the following link.
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