#1 Best Medium Pace Bowlers in India

In this article, I am writing about the best medium pace bowlers Indian team and discuss the top 3right-arm medium pace bowlers, the best wicket-taking medium pace bowlers, and the speed of medium pace bowling. Let’s take a look at the best medium pace bowlers in India.

Cricket is the most popular sport globally, and a total of 11 players in cricket – some players are batsmen, all-rounders, and bowlers. Bowling plays a crucial role in cricket as its needs full attention and alertness. There are two types of bowling in cricket, i.e., pace or fast bowlers and spin bowlers. Fast bowlers have two types – Fast Pace and Medium Pace, and Spin bowlers have two types – Leg Spin and Off Spin. The current captain of the India team is Rohit Sharma, and the current coach is former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid. The current batting coach is Vikram Rathour, and the bowling coach is Paras Mhambrey.

Best Medium Pace Bowlers in Cricket History:

Alec Bedser was the best medium-fast bowler in cricket history, and he played test cricket for England from 1946 to 1955. He was a right-arm medium-fast bowler. Out of 51 test matches, he took 236 wickets at a bowling average of 24.89. He was reportedly bowled at the speed of around 120 km/h (there were no speed guns in those days). He passed away at the age of 91 (April 04th-2010). He is one of the fast bowlers in the world during his time.

Best Medium Pace Bowlers in India:        

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the best medium pace bowler in India, and he is one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world. He made his international debut in December-2012 against Pakistan. Kumar had a sensational start to his career, picking up wickets in his first over in both T20I and ODI debuts against Pakistan. He claimed a three-wicket haul on his T20I debut. He also holds the record of picking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for his first duck in domestic cricket. He is also the first Indian bowler to take five-wicket hauls in all three formats of cricket against New Zealand at Kolkata.

In the initial phase, his bowling speed range is 120-130 km/h, but he has improved his pace in recent times to 135 km/h. He played 21 Tests, 121 ODIs, and 59 T20I matches and has claimed 63 test wickets, 141 ODI wickets, and 58 T20I wickets, respectively. In IPL, he claimed 152 wickets in 142 games at an economy rate of 7.29

Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has said that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is currently the best swing bowler in India. The pitches in India are not conducive for swing bowling, but he can move the ball in both the ways (inswing and out-swing) with a perfect balance. He is also called the ‘Swing King’ for India.

Top 3-Right-Arm Medium Pace Bowlers in Cricket History:

S.NO.Indian Bowler NameTeamFastest DeliveryYearMatchesWicketsEconomy RateAverage
1.Alec BedserEngland120 km/h1946-1955512362.2124.9
2.Glenn McGrathAustralia126.1 to 129.5 km/h1993-20073769495.4119.8
3.Dwayne BravoWest Indies130+ km/h2004-20212953635.5631.8

Best Wicket-taking Medium Pace Bowler:

Glenn McGrath is the best wicket-taking medium pace bowler in world cricket, and he is a former Australian international cricketer who played for 14 years. McGrath was a right-arm medium-pace bowler, and his nickname was ‘Pigeon.’ He is one of the greatest Australian international bowlers in cricket. McGrath made his T20 debut on November 12th-1993 against New Zealand. He holds fifth place in the list of bowlers and has also taken the seventh spot in the ODI wickets list. He also holds the record for most wickets in the Cricket World Cup.

His bowling delivery speeds of five-wicket balls were clocked between 126.1 km/h and 129.5 km/h. His average bowling speed is around 130 km/h. He played from 1993 to 2007 for the national side. In the first season of IPL, he played for the team Delhi Daredevils. He is also one of the best medium-pace bowlers in cricket history.

Top 5 – Medium Pace Bowlers in Indian Team:

We discussed the best right-arm medium pace bowlers from pre-independence to the current state in the above list. But here, we will discuss the top 5medium pace bowlers in the Indian team. Let’s look at the top 5medium pace bowlers on the Indian team.

S.NO.Indian Bowler NameBowling TypeFastest Delivery at km/hMatchesWickets
1.Praveen KumarRight-Arm Medium Pace12584112
2.Shardul ThakurRight-Arm Medium Pace130+5184
3.T.NatarajanLeft-Arm Medium Pace13040 (Including IPL)50
4.Mohammad SirajRight-Arm Medium Pace130+2146
5.Deepak ChaharRight-Arm Medium Pace130+27 (ODI+T20I)36

What is the Speed of Medium Pace Bowling?

The Speed range of the medium-pace bowling is around 120-129 km/h, while fast-medium bowling is about 130-141 km/h.


We hope that the above article will help you find out the best medium-pace bowlers on the Indian team. Medium pace bowlers’ speed range may differ for each ball, and it may be even 135+ too, and they are not constant in the speed range of bowling. However, the goal of each bowler is to get wickets in every match. So do look at the above article about the best medium pace bowlers in the Indian team.

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