6. Dale Steyn
What can be said about Dale Steyn that hasn’t been already said? He is the complete fast bowler. Pace. Check. Swing. Check. Aggression. Check. Fit. Check. Steyn’s raw aggression and pace is not only intimidating but also reminiscent of the great West Indian fast bowlers like Michael Holding. Each delivery that Steyn bowls is good enough to dismiss any batsman. In his destructive spell of 7-51 against India at Nagpur, one poignant moment stood out, the first bowl that Steyn bowled to Tendulkar, 143 kmph, swung in and the next, around 141, swung out. This ability to swing the ball in both directions at over 140 kmph at will is what makes Steyn extremely dangerous. In 2008, he became the fastest South African, and the 15th fastest overall, to reach 100 Test wickets. That September, Steyn was named ICC Test Player of the Year after taking 86 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.10. At 32 only, Steyn still has a good couple of years of cricket left in him and by the time he retires, he could well be on the top of this list.
For those who enjoy fast bowling, watching Steyn at Perth is a dream come true. Do have a look !