July 20, 2024
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Medium-pace bowlers are those who never irritate the batsmen with raw pace, but they rely mainly on accurate line and length of the ball through their entire bowling quota. These bowlers are mainly used to restrict the flow of runs in the middle overs and make the batsmen frustrated. The speed of these kinds of bowlers usually varies between 110-125 km/hr. 

Medium pacers mainly become useful in limited over format where batsmen tend to take risks to score some runs, whereas, in tests, batsmen have enough time to be patient and wait for any loose delivery to bowl. 

These types of bowlers are usually quite limited in number. In history, there were only a few of them around the entire world. The following is the list of the top 5 medium pace bowlers of all time as per latest cricket news today:

1. Alec Bedser

He was a medium-pace bowler from 1946 to 1955 for the England team and played 51 test matches in his entire career. His bowling speed can roughly be estimated at around 120 km/hr, but in those days, there were no speed guns. His main weapon was in swing from outside the off-stump. 

He played for 9 years and was able to take 236 wickets at an extremely healthy average of just 24. Till the year 1963, he was the highest wicket-taker in the world.  

Bedser played his first match against team India where he took 11 wickets, and in his entire career, he was able to take 5 wicket hauls 15 times from just 51 matches, which was a big achievement in that era. In 1947, Bedser also won the Wisden Cricketer Of The Year award. 

Alec Bedser was a very cool-minded player and never used to get agitated on the field. During the end of his career, he invented a special kind of delivery, inswinging leg break, which was later known as Bedser’s “Special Ball”. In the year 1955, he got retired from cricket. 

2. Chris Harris

Chris Harris was quite a popular player who represented the New Zealand team from the 1990s till the early 2000s. With his medium-pace bowling, he was also a handy lower-order batsman and also one of the best fielders in the world in that era. His bowling was quite effective in the middle overs, especially in a limited over format. His main target was to restrict the flow of runs of the opposition team. Harris and Garvin Larsen were the main duos behind helping the New Zealand team to reach the 1992 World Cup semi-final. 

Harris, in his entire career, played 23 tests and 250 ODI matches, where he was able to take a total of 219 wickets. Harris was quite effective for the team for a very long time. Though he was not a very wicket-taking bowler, he still produced many match-winning performances on very crucial occasions, which made him quite a famous player of that era. 

3. Gavin Larsen

Gavin Larsen was another important player for which New Zealand reached the 1992 World Cup semi-final along with Chris Harris. Both were used quite a lot in middle overs of any limited over the game to choke the run flow of the opposition team. Larsen’s 3/16 and 3/30 against Zimbabwe and Australia, respectively, were the main cause of the New Zealand team to move out from the league stage. 

Gavin’s other noteworthy performance came in the 1994 ODI match against Pakistan, where he took 4/24. In his career, he played only 8 test matches but took 24 wickets and 121 ODI matches also, where he was able to take 113 wickets but an extraordinary economy of just 3.76. Every captain, even nowadays, also always need a player like Gavin in his squad. After the 1999 World Cup, he decided to retire from every format of cricket.  

4. Steve Waugh

He is a player who does not require any introduction. Primarily he was a top-order batsman and the great captain of the Australian team who led the team to 16 consecutive test match wins. Also, do not forget his contribution to the 1999 World Cup for Australia. 

But his medium-pace bowling ability always stayed unnoticed. He had helped the team with his bowling prowess a lot of time. For instance, in the 1998 World Cup against the Sri Lanka team, Waugh himself brought him into the attack and ended his figure of 4/33 after completing 10 overs and restricted the team to just 188 runs. Australia won that match easily. Waugh’s wicket list was not that great, but he took those wickets at a very crucial moment, which led the Australian team to win. In the year 2004, he retired from all formats, and in 2010 he was included in the prestigious ICC Hall of Fame. 

5. Mudassar Nazar

Mudassar played for Pakistan from 1976 to 1989, where he played a total of 76 tests and 122 ODI matches. He was mainly an opening batsman, but his ability to bowl can never be underestimated. Mudassar was also called a “golden arm” because he had a habit of breaking long partnerships on a regular basis when the team’s frontline bowlers were not able to do that. 

He took 66 wickets in his total test career, but he was most effective in the ODI format, where he took a total tally of 111 wickets with an outstanding economy of 4.24. He produced several match-winning performances for Pakistan with the white ball in hand. For instance, his 5/28 is still remembered against West Indies in the World Championships semi-final. 

In 1983 he also produced a very dominant performance against earth-rival India, where his figures were 10-3-17-3. These figures could be a dream for even a frontline pacer of any team as well. 

This is the end of the list of the top 5 extreme medium fast bowlers of all time. This is still a very rare type of bowling category in the entire world. But in this T20 era, every captain dream of these kinds of players in their squad, but sadly only a few of them is there in the entire cricketing nation. 

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