Who has delivered the fastest ball in the history of cricket?

When we hear the fastest ball, the fierce faces of all fast bowlers and their tough looks start striking our mind. It includes Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh, Chaminda Vaas, Umar Gul, etc. But the question still remains unanswered that who among the fast bowler fraternity has done this miracle.

Well, the answer is Shoaib Akhtar who is recognized as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket by delivering an officially recorded top speed of 163.3 km/h in a pool match against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Unfortunately, Akhtar did not get any wicket on the ball.

Fastest Recorded Deliveries in the history of Cricket

CountryBowlerKm/h (mp/h)
PakistanShoaib Akhtar161.3(100.2)
AustraliaShaun Tait161.1(100.1)
AustraliaBrett Lee161.0(100.0)
AustraliaJeff Thomson160.6(99.8)
AustraliaMitchell Starc160.4(99.7)

Updated on: 30-Jul-2019


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