5. Ravi Ashwin

Ravi Ashwin, without a doubt, has been India’s finest bowler by a huge margin. He is a valued commodity because of his consistency in scooping up wickets all over the world. In the year 2021, he had some great stints, leading India to some famous victories.

4. Shaheen Shah Afridi

Shaheen Afridi is carving his way to become an all-format bowler for Pakistan. In 2021, he has had a lot of success, taking 47 wickets in nine Test matches. He was the second highest wicket-taker in this year. Three five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul rounded up his record.

3. Anrich Nortje

Nortje began the year with a six-wicket haul in Johannesburg against Sri Lanka. When South Africa went to Pakistan for two Test matches, he picked another fifer. He finished the series with nine wickets at an average of 26.88 in two matches. Nortje was highly lethal in the T20 format, scooping up wickets with the new ball and in the death.

2. Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood has been instrumental in Australia’s success in the recent years. In all formats, he has been the backbone of the bowling team. His comeback in limited overs speaks volumes about his talents. He has converted his share of success in the T20 format, in addition to being a workhorse in the Test format.

1. Tim Southee

Another bowler, who was considered as someone predominantly for Test cricket, Tim Southee, stamped his authority in the limited-overs formats. Southee, a legend in the game’s longest format, had a fantastic 2021 season. He was the architect behind New Zealand’s World Test Championship victory.