There are many bowler who came and go but only few are able to break the records. This post is all about the Top 5 fastest delivery in the International Cricket. Here are some bowlers who made the records of fastest deliveries.
#5 Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is an Australian Bowler, he is left-arm fast bowler. Australia won the ICC World Cup 2015 where Mitchell Starc was declared as Man of the Tournament for his consistent performance. In 2016, Starc also became the fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in ODI Cricket.
Mitchell Starc became first bowler to get hat-trick wickets in each innings of Sheffield Shield match while playing for South Wales. His best bowling figure in ODI Cricket is taking 6 wickets by giving just 28 runs which came against Sri-Lanka.
He also broke the record of Andrew Symonds of 7 sixes in an innings. Mitchell Starc became the first Australian left-arm bowler to get into the club of 160. He recorded 160.4 Km/h in the second test against New Zealand on third day at Waca Ground. This delivery is fifth fastest delivery in the International Cricket.
#4 Jeff Thompson
The full name of Jeff Thompson is Jeffrey Robert Thompson, he is a former Australian cricketer. He also known as Thommo. Thompson was the opening partner of the well known bowler, Dennis Lillee. Wisden wrote that “It was easy to believe that they were the fastest pair ever to have coincided in a cricket team.
Jeff had an unusual but slinging and highly effective bowling action which he learned from his father. He is one of the fastest bowler and accurate bowler of all time. He won the fastest bowling competition in 1979 held by the Australian television station Channel 9.
Cricket experts, viewers , and cricketers rate Thompson as the fastest bowler they have ever seen. His fastest delivery is 160.6 Km/h, which is one of the fastest delivery during that time. But now this delivery is fourth fastest delivery in the International Cricket.
#3 Brett Lee
Brett Lee is former cricketer of Australia, who played all three formats of the cricket. He is recognized as one of the fastest international bowler along with Shoaib Akhtar. He is well consistent in his bowling skills, he consistently bowled over 150 Km/h.
Brett Lee took 310 wickets in his Test career and 380 wickets in his ODI career. He also featured in the Australian Team when he won 2003 and 2007 World Cup. He was also an athletic fielder as well as lower order batsman. On 12 July 2012 he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Brett Lee broke the 160 Km/h twice in an over in 2005 World Cup against New Zealand. He is one the most terrifying bowler. He registered his fastest delivery of 161.1 Km/h. This delivery is third fastest delivery in the International Cricket.
#2 Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait is also an former Australian cricketer, who recently retired from all three formats of cricket. Tait is an consistent bowler and can consistently bowl at 155 Km/h. Shaun’s delivery is of sling style which is reminiscent of the former Australian Cricketer, Jeff Thompson.
On 5th February 2010 against Pakistan he bowled his second fastest delivery which is 160.7 Km/h. He took 4 wickets by giving just 39 runs against South Africa in 2006. He announced his retirement from all formats of cricket in March 2017.
The fastest bowl of Shaun Tait is 161.1 Km/h against England in 2010 which is equal to second fastest delivery. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and coach John Bracewell publicly raised question over the action of Shaun Tait. Then Shaun Tait said that he’d willing to undergo tests to prove his action is legal. The speed of 161.1 is registered as a second fastest delivery in the International Cricket.
#1 Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar is a former Pakistani cricketer, who played for Pakistan for 14 years. Akhtar is also known as the Rawalpindi Express. He is considered as a fastest bowler of all time, he also the first bowler to break the barrier of 100 mph.
Shoaib Akhtar is one of the player who had lots of controversies in his career. He had also involves in a drug scandal. When the test for blood doping on Akhtar is positive, then the ban was imposed on Akhtar for taking performance enhance substance. But the ban was release on appeal.
Shoaib Akhtar had lots of ups and downs in his whole career, but at the end he ended his career like is name, Rawalpindi Express. He registered his fastest delivery as well as the fastest delivery in the International Cricket. His fastest delivery is 161.3 Km/h. This delivery is the fastest delivery in the International Cricket.