In this article, we will have a look at the fastest deliveries in IPL history in detail.
It is often said that no one can learn to bowl fast; pace comes naturally and only a bit of improvement can be made to it at the most. Over the years, IPL has witnessed the fastest of bowlers from all over the world launching rockets on various occasions. One of many noteworthy factors of the 15th edition of the IPL has been the Kashmiri Express, Umran Malik. The SRH speedster has lit up IPL 2022 with his lightning pace. He is very close to breaking Shaun Tait’s record of fastest delivery of IPL. Even many experts thik that the Kashmiri Express may also challenge Shoaib Akhtar’s record of fastest delivery.
Fastest deliveries in IPL history:
Here’s the list of 5 fastest deliveries in IPL history:
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(1) Shaun Tait
Speed: 157.7 kmph
Shaun Tait tops the list with his record fastest delivery of the IPL. The Aussie International, in his brief career displayed some promissing pace and was the fastest in the world in his prime. Inspite of the fact that injuries ruined his career and stopped it from being a long one, that couldn’t stop him from featuring in the list of the fastest bowlers ever. He also showed his pace in the IPL playing for the Rajasthan Royals. His fastest delivery of 157.7 kmph came against the then Delhi Daredevils, bowling to his Aussie teammate Aaron Finch. That is still the fastest delivery ever bowled in the IPL.
(2) Lockie Ferguson
Speed: 157.3 kmph
The New Zealand speedster Lockie Ferguson touched 157.3 kmph in the final of the Tata IPL 2022. He almost broke Shaun Tait’s record of fastest delivery in IPL. Lockie received the fastest delivery of the season award beating Umran Malik’s 157 kmph that leaded the table for most of the season.
(3) Umran Malik
Speed: 157 kmph
IPL 2022 has seen the rise of Umran Malik as a genuine pacer. The speedgun shot a number of times this season, one of which nearly broke Shaun Tait’s record of fastest delivery in IPL. The delivery of 157 kmph speed was bowled to Rovman Powell of the Delhi Capitals which the latter smashed for a boundary. Yet it stands as a record breaking moment with it being the 2nd fastest delivery in the IPL history.
(4) Anrich Nortje
Speed: 156.2 kmph
The South African International is one of the fastest bowlers in the present day world. Renowned for his express pace, Nortje has had immense success throughout the world in the last couple of years owing to a massive improvement in his bowling accuracy. His fastest ball in the IPL records at 156.2 kmph. His pace was so effective that DC preferred him over the modern master Kagiso Rabada in the retention list before IPL 2022. He missed the majority of the IPL this season due to injury, but DC would expect him to make a mark in the remaining fixtures for DC.
(5) Umran Malik
Speed: 155.6 kmph
The Kashmiri Express once again finds a place in this list with his 155.6 kmph rocket thrown in the same match against Delhi Capitals. Sunrisers Hyderabad retained him before the mega auction and he is justifying the faith that the team showed on him. This IPL has been about the rising talents specially in the fast bowling department and Umran Malik surely heads the list with his sensational performances back to back.
(6) Umran Malik
Speed: 154.8 kmph
Featuring in the list is Umran Malik for the 3rd time. This shows the reason why experts think that he has the potential to be the fastest bowler ever as he grows up gradually. This year’s IPL might turn out to be a turning point in the career of the young lad from Jammu & Kashmir. There are huge expectations from him to serve for his Nation for long years.