Cricket is considered as one of the most popular sports of the world and the major countries are also at the top of this sport. Here cricket is played in three formats that are test, ODI and T20 while there are also three major departments of this game batting, bowling and fielding from which bowling is the most difficult part. Whether it is considered spin or fast, bowling is the most difficult art and those who have this art are always a great worry for the batsmen.
One Day cricket is the middle phase of test and T20 and it is the famous format also. It judges almost all the aspects of bowling. The bowlers have to control their emotions, have to show a good stamina, courage and aggression to send the men with bat back to the pavilion. There are many good bowlers who have shown remarkable performances in One Day cricket and made their name as one of the astonishing bowlers of cricket as it is not every day seeing a bowler taking more than five wickets for just few runs. Here is the list of top 10 ODI bowlers who are the best ones in 2014.
10. Clint Mckay
The 194-cm tall fast-medium bowler is a neat fit having a good control over his number of varieties. Although he is facing a stiff competition with other bowlers of his team but his consistent performances and bowling average has maintained a regular position in the 50-over cricket. He has a decent bowling average of fewer than five and a very economical strike rate with a good number of wickets.
9. Mohammad Hafeez
Although Mohammad Hafeez is a front-line batsman in the batting order for Pakistan but he has consistently registered his name in the list of top bowlers during the last few years. The main features of his bowling are consistent line-length, health economy, good bowling average and a long pause in his action which usually disturbs the batsmen. He is the 9th best bowler in One Day Cricket in 2014.
8. Ravindra Jadeja
The steady left-arm bowling of Ravindra Jadeja was firstly ignored by most of the cricket experts but then he scored three triple centuries in Ranji Trophy and came back in the team as an all-rounder. He is the first Indian bowler to top ICC bowling ranking recently since Anil Kumble way back in 1996. He is greatly carrying the Indian bowling responsibilities in limited over’s cricket.
7. Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel has the height, pace and almost everything to threaten and dismiss the best batsman of the world. The tall fast bowler has weapons of quick bouncers and genuine Yorkers to send the great batsmen back to the pavilion. He is the finding of observing eyes of Allan Donald and Morne Morkel has proved his selection quite confidently.
6. Steven Finn
The 6’7” tall Steven Finn pings the ball from the clouds with a steady pace to rattle the best batsmen of the game. Although he recently had a problem of kneeing the stumps but he had recovered it as the law changed which made it no ball. He is an important player of England in 50-over cricket and he is climbing the stairs of great legends.
5. Sunil Narine
Sunil Philip Narine is a Trinidadian off spinner who jumped into international level after taking all ten wickets in a trial match. He recovered his action after being criticized due to illegal action. He is a difficult bowler to hit shots against him as his flicker and incoming deliveries are always a problem to face. He is maintaining a good economy rate along with taking important wickets.
4. James Anderson
After having very difficult first six years facing injury problems, Jimmy Anderson is one of the very few fast bowlers of international cricket who never gave up at any stage. He bowls irresistible spells by swinging the ball round the corners with a steady pace. He is unplayable at times due to his rock-solid line and length and mighty speed. He is serving the English cricket with a good number of wickets.
3. Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson is a bowler of great caliber following the old style solid fast bowling. A bowler like him is produced once in a generation. He is the only bowler who became able to copy the spot on striking power of famous Dennis Lillee. He bowls strong, mechanical wrist deliveries at good length which at times become almost unplayable even for the best batsmen of the world. He is the 3rd best One Day International bowler of 2014.
2. Dale Steyn
If one wants to see the pure solid fast bowling, Dale Steyn is there. The nuclear tipped deliveries are often allowed to pass the stumps by batsmen in order to save their wickets. The great trouble of the modern day batsmen is that is simply more than fast, straight and solid with cricket ball and astonishing stats are expected from him in the year 2014.
1. Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal bowls almost all the varieties that a spin bowler can have depending mostly on doosra. Although he appeared quite late at international level but he is not wasting any time for covering it. He is the permanent main strike bowler for Pakistan in every match since his debut against Indian in 2008. He has taken a good number of wickets with a good bowling average and strike rate. Simply, he is the best bowler in all formats of cricket. He is the best ODI bowler of 2014.