Cricket is one of those sports that is becoming widely popular in every corner of the world. Where a batsman is the hope of the entire team, a bowler is considered the most crucial team player that can bewilder the batsmen with their special skills & techniques.
The faster a ball is bowled the less chances for batsmen to react and hit the ball. So, who are those legendary bowlers that sent the ball flying to 150-kph & above and become cricket headlines?
Let’s check those with this article.
Fastest Bowlers – 10 Best in Cricket History
|Shoaib Akhtar||161.3 kph|
|Shaun Tait||161.1 kph|
|Brett Lee||160.8 kph|
|Jeff Thomson||160.6 kph|
|Mitchell Starc||160.4 kph|
|Andy Roberts||159.5 kph|
|Fidel Edwards||157.7 kph|
|Mitchell Johnson||156.8 kph|
|Mohammad Sami||156.4 kph|
|Shane Bone||156.4 kph|
1. Shoaib Akhtar (161.3 kph)
Also referred to as the “Rawalpindi Express,” Shoaib Akhtar is the fastest bowler in the history of cricket. During the 2003 Cricket World Cup, a right-arm bowler from Pakistan bowled the fastest delivery in international cricket. Akhtar, who has always liked to bowl quickly, recorded a speed of 161.3 km/hr against England in Cape Town. During all the cricket action, his aggressive bowling and distinctive movement always stole the show.
During his time as a Pakistani player, Akhtar claimed 247 ODI and 178 Test wickets.
2. Shaun Tait (161.1 kph)
Tait intermittently bowled for Australia between 2004 and 2016. His quickest delivery came in a 2010 match at Lords against England at a speed of 161.1 kph. While playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes, and Melbourne Renegades, Tait was a highly wanted player in the cricket franchise. At age 25, he surprisingly retired from first-class cricket owing to injuries.
3. Brett Lee (160.8 kph)
With 310 Test wickets, 280 ODI wickets, and 487 first-class wickets, Lee is one of Australia’s most impressive all-format bowlers. He supported Australia in winning the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003 and 2007. His quickest delivery was in a 2005 match at Napier versus New Zealand when he bowled at a speed of 160.8 kph and get into cricket news. In Twenty20 international cricket, he was the first player to take a hat trick.
4. Jeff Thomson (160.6 kph)
Thomson was perhaps the most fearsome bowler in cricket in his career, spanning 1972-1985. His fastest delivery at a speed of 160.6 kph was against West Indies in Perth, in 1975. Thomson & his fellow countryman Dennis Lillee formed a duo, which terrified batsmen of international cricket.
He took around 200 Test wickets & 55 ODI wickets. He was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2016.
5. Mitchell Starc (160.4 kph)
One of the world’s fastest bowlers, Starc’s average speeds hover around 146.4 kph. His quick, in-swinging Yorkers are legendary. On the third day of the second Test in 2015, whilst playing New Zealand, he made the quickest delivery of 160.4 kph. He has 184 wickets in ODIs and 244 in Tests. He played for Australia’s World Cup-winning team in 2015.
6. Andy Roberts (159.5 kph)
During the late 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, Andy Roberts was a member of the renowned West Indian quartet. In 1975, he delivered the ball at 159.5 km/hr versus Australia in Perth. The first Antiguan to represent the West Indies internationally was Roberts. He was a member of the 1975 and 1979 West Indies teams that won the World Cup, 202 Test wickets and 87 ODI wickets for the West Indies, taken by the pace bowler overall during his playing career.
7. Fidel Edwards (157.7 kph)
Edwards is a left-arm quick, which is not very common. His 157.7 kph ball was thrown against South Africa in 2003, during his debut season of international cricket. He has 165 Test wickets to his name, 60 of which came in ODIs. Although he stopped representing West Indies in 2012, he is still active in franchise T20 tournaments.
8. Mitchell Johnson (156.8 kph)
One of the most accomplished cricketers in the world and Australia is Johnson. One of the few bowlers who is also a skilled batter is him. According to cricket updates, on day three of the fourth Ashes Test in Australia in December 2013, he faced England and threw his fastest ball at 156.8 kph. He bowled well, claiming 313 Test, 239 ODI, and 38 T20I wickets. He amassed 11 fifties and a century while batting. In 2014, he was named the ICC Test Player of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.
9. Mohammad Sami (156.4 kph)
This right-arm fast had the swing and velocity that bowlers look for in a bowler. He made his Test debut against New Zealand with a five-for, going on to become the second-fastest bowler in his nation’s history. As the only player to have a hat trick in each of the three international forms, he maintains a notable distinction in cricket history. In a 2003 ODI in Dubai, he bowled a 156.4 kph ball against Zimbabwe. He recorded 121 ODI, 121 T20I, and 85 Test wickets.
10. Shane Bond (156.4 kph)
From 2002 through 2010, Shane Bond was a player for New Zealand. The right-arm bowler at the time was the swiftest in New Zealand. He delivered the ball flying through at 156.4 kph during the 2003 ICC World Cup, he reached his pinnacle. Unfortunately, because of a string of injuries, this talented bowler was only able to claim 87 Test wickets, 147 ODI wickets, and an additional 25 T20I wickets. He is currently a member of the Mumbai Indians coaching staff in the Indian Premier League.
Delivering the ball at a speed of 150 kph is not easy and requires special techniques and power. As per the cricket records, all the above cricketers are one of the best bowlers of their time and give a great contribution to their respective teams.
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