Death Bowlers’ job is the toughest job in the game of cricket. Over the years with the advent of T20 cricket, death bowlers have developed several variations in their arsenal to confuse the batsmen. The bowlers have immaculate control and accuracy with their deliveries and more often than not they land it perfectly.
In recent times, death bowling has become an art that only a few have mastered. The likes of Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah are a few names that come to mind. In this article, we rank the best death bowlers in modern cricket.
8. Shaheen Shah Afridi
Pakistan young pace prodigy Shaheen Shah ranks eighth in the list of death bowlers. He has mastered the art of death bowling. He is in the news for getting married to Shahid Afridi’s daughter shortly. He has an economy of 7.93 in T20 cricket.
7. Mustafizur Rahman
The Bangladesh bowling sensation made his debut back in 2015 and in the course of a few years has become one of the best bowlers in world cricket. He is a sought bowler in T20 leagues across the globe.
In T20Is, the Fizz bowls at 8 runs per over which comes down to 7.69 in the IPL. The slower off-cutter and the yorker are his go-to options in the death overs.
6. Sheldon Cottrell
The Windies left arm-pacer has pinpoint yorkers in the final overs of a T20 game. He also rolls his wrists over the side of the ball to bring the pace down in the end overs. He like Mustafizur has risen up the ranks quickly to become be counted among the best death bowlers in the game.
5. Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc ranks fifth in this list. He bowls with pace and accuracy and is a threat for the opposition in the final overs of an ODI or T20I game.
He has preferred national commitments over franchise cricket in recent times. He bowls at an economy of less than seven in the shortest format of the game.
4. Jofra Archer
The England pace spearhead is going through problems with his elbow in recent times. Jofra missed the IPL due to surgery which also ruled him out of the first Test against New Zealand. He is a good death bowler in limited over cricket.
His elbow injury has been recurring which has become a cause of concern for ECB. Archer is aiming for an Ashes comeback. He bowls at an economy of 7.89 internationally and 7.13 in the IPL.
3. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a death-over specialist for India in the shortest format of the game. He buys his team a wicket in the final few overs whenever his captain asks him to do the job both in the IPL and international cricket.
He bowls at an economy of 6.98 in international cricket which goes up to almost 8 in the IPL.
2. Trent Boult
The Kiwi pacer ranks fourth in the list of best death bowler. He has an unplayable yorker which he nails almost nine out of 10 occasions.
His exploits both in the IPL and internationally have made him a modern great among the new generation of bowlers. He bowls close to nine runs per over in the IPL and internationally as well.
1. Jaspreet Bumrah
Bumrah is the best death bowler in modern cricket. He is a specialist in the format and his IPL experience helps him in the process. Yorkers are his greatest strength in the death overs and he has a deceptively quick bouncer too like Starc and Boult. He bowls at an economy of 6.67 in T20Is which increases to 7.40 in the IPL.