Fast bowling also referred to as seam bowling, deals with delivering the ball at a fast pace by basically placing the fingers alongside the seam of the ball. In the fast bowling category the bowlers are categorised more on the pace at which they deliver than on the type of delivery. Accordingly they are categorised as fast, fast-medium, medium-pace and gentle-medium. However, the only difference will be that the bowler will either be right-arm seam bowler or a left-arm seamer.
What ever the category of bowling i.e. fast, fast-medium, medium-pace or gentle-medium, the fast bowlers possess a variety of deliveries depending on the talent and efficiency of the bowlers, which are as follows:
- Reverse swing
- Slower one
- Leg cutter
- Off cutter
There have been a large exhibit of excellent fast bowlers in the past, as well some outstanding fast bowlers in the current world stage.
Ranking high among the great fast bowlers among yesteryears are Wessely Hall, Wallcot, Larwood, Dennis Lillee, Michael Holding, Bob Wills, Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev, Malcom Marshall, Imran Khan and Curtly Ambrose, to name a few.
Among current-day heroes Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Waqar Younis, Glenn McGrath, Shoiab Akhtar, Brett Lee, Javagal Srinath, Andrew Caddick and Darren Gough are regarded as quality seam bowlers.
Walsh, incidentally, is at the pinnacle of bowling glory (bowling of any sort) as he is just six wickets away from a 500-wicket (Test) haul. This will put him as a lone ranger in the 500-wicket club.