Cricket is a ‘team game’ and just like any other sport, it requires the contribution of all the team members to achieve the desired result. Be it batting or bowling or fielding, every department in the gentlemen’s game requires players who can take the responsibility in crunch situations and lift the morale of the team when needed the most.
It’s a famous saying that, “Great bowlers always hunt in pairs”. This old cricket proverb still holds enough relevance in the modern times as well. To score a victory in a cricket contest, a team not only needs to have power hitters and heavy scoring batsmen in their ranks who can dent the opposition with their belligerent strokeplay but also need wicket taking bowlers who are equally able to pick up wickets.
Over the years, there has been number bowling pairs in the history of cricket who have terrorised the batsmen with their extreme pace, sharp swing, unplayable turn, and in the face aggression. Dennis Lillee – Jeff Thomson, Wasim Akram – Waqar Younis, Courtney Walsh – Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath – Shane Warne, Anil Kumble – Harbhajan Singh, Shaun Pollock – Makhaya Ntini are some of the renowned bowling duo’s who dominated the cricket landscape in the last four decades.
But these old stalwarts have now bid adieu to international cricket after super successful careers. These warhorses have now been replaced by some new fresh blood who are equally good and daunting and have lately proved their mettle in world cricket. Here’s a look the current top 5 best bowling pairs in cricket:-
Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel
The seasoned South African duo of Steyn and Morkel are one of the best fast bowling pairs in world cricket. Steyn and Morkel are known to dictate their terms over an opponent team with their pace, bouncers, and swing. The former world number one Dale Steyn is South Africa's second most successful bowler in the history of Proteas cricket after ex-skipper Shaun Pollock. Perfectly supported by Morkel’s deadly yorkers and bouncers, the Steyn-Morkel has nothing short of a nightmare for any batting unit. The Phalaborwa express, Steyn has racked up 417 wickets in 85 Tests at an average of 22.30 while, Morkel has picked up 242 wickets in 71 Tests.