Brendan Taylor, the talented batsman from Zimbabwe, revealed who are his five best all-format bowlers during an Instagram chat session by Cricket Addictor. The Harare-born cricketer picked two Australians, and one each from England, South Africa and India.
The right-handed batsman started the proceedings by naming Dale Steyn, a lethal fast bowler from his neighbouring country. The Proteas speedster has been a phenomenal find for his nation. Recently, England’s pacer Stuart Broad picked him as the best bowler of modern-day cricket.
Steyn has so far played 125 ODIs, 93 Tests and 47 T20Is for South Africa, and in these games ‘The Phalaborwa Express’ has taken 196, 439, and 64 wickets, respectively.
Taylor then picked one of Australia’s all-time great Mitchell Johnson. The Aussie paceman has retired from the game after playing 153 ODIs, 73 Tests and 30 T20I games. The left-arm pacer went on to grab 239 wickets in ODI format, 313 in red-ball cricket, and 38 in the shortest form of the game.
Taylor didn’t just stop there as he selected another Australian bowler in the form of yorker-specialist Mitchell Starc.
Starc shined with the ball in 2019 WC and finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker. The New South Wales cricketer has so far donned the Aussie jersey in 91 ODIs, 57 -Tests, and 31 T20Is. The 30-year-old fast bowler has earned 178 scalps in ODIs, 244 in the longest format of the game and 43 in T20Is.
The former Zimbabwean captain picked India’s frontline bowler Jasprit Bumrah as his fourth-best all-format bowler. Bumrah is known for bowling toe-crushing yorkers and has impressed many fans across the world. The right-armer has featured in 64 ODIs, 50 T20Is and 14 Tests in his career.
Bumrah has taken 104 wickets in the 50-over format, while in T20Is he has 59 scalps to his name. In red-ball cricket, the Ahemdabad-born has grabbed 68 wickets.
For the fifth and final position, Taylor went with England’s leading wicket-taker in Tests, James Anderson. The English bowler has taken 584 scalps in 151 games and is the fourth bowler and fist seamer in the history of Test cricket to grab that many wickets. Anderson has also played 194 ODIs and 19 T20Is, in which he has claimed 269 and 18 wickets.