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  • Jeff Thomson

    16 36.36%
  • Shoaib Akhtar

    28 63.64%
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Thread: Akthar or Thomson?

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    Akthar or Thomson?

    Both were the fastest bowlers of their respective eras, and both played a similar amount of matches.
    Tests only, bowling only.

    Thomson
    M-51
    I-90
    W-200
    BBI-6/46
    BBM-9/105
    Avg.-28.00
    Eco.-3.18
    SR-52.6
    4w-16
    5w-8
    10w-0

    Akhtar
    M-46
    I-82
    W-178
    BBI-6/11
    BBM-11/78
    Avg.-25.69
    Eco.-3.37
    SR-45.7
    5w-12
    10w-2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    Both were the fastest bowlers of their respective eras, and both played a similar amount of matches.
    Tests only, bowling only.
    Mohammed Zahid was the fastest
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    Aktar.

    Much difficult pitches, much accomplished batsmen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migara View Post
    Mohammed Zahid was the fastest
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    Thommo, great action, great stamina and cruelly cut down by an untimely shoulder injury.

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    I'd rather Thommo was from my country than Akhtar was from my country, but on a single given day I'd rather Akhtar was bowling for me.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    Their records suggest Shoaib was more potent, better average, SR, more 5fers, more 10s and similar ER. If the era Shoaib played in is considered to be tougher for bowlers, and the lack of a quality support consistently through his career is taken into account as a handicap, then it makes his record even more potent compared to Thomson.

    IMO Shoaib's behaviour and availability is irrelevant to who was the better bowler.

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    I wouldn't say Thomson is necessarily a better bowler but I'd take him from 1974/75 and 1975/76 over anyone.

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    Not much of a Shoaib fan but of the two I think he was certainly the better bowler.

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    I'd be interested to see the results if Frank Tyson was added to the mix to make a three-way (ho ho) battle.

    Though as that would break the seemingly mandatory Australian vs Asian player comparison that we've all become so fond of, I'm not sure if that would be allowed.
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    Thomson's stats in both tests and first class cricket indicate that he was nowhere near as good as he himself thought he was. He does look incredibly fast in his pomp though.
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    I just want to see what Ikki / Streetwise say about this.

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    Actually I was surprised to see so many supporting Jeff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migara View Post
    I just want to see what Ikki / Streetwise say about this.
    Migara, please don't bait other posters.

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    Don't know Thomo.

    I will take Akhtar of the late 90s and then 2000 - 2005.....Super bowler in these days.
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