Watching a fast bowler steaming in with a long run up and fire in those vicious deliveries at the batsman is a great sight, isn’t it? There have been many such fast and exhilarating bowlers in history of international cricket who have mesmerized fans and cricket followers with their lethal pace and bounce in the past few decades. When a fast bowler is at his peak, that’s the best time to watch him bowl and enjoy his contest with world class batsmen from different teams. Sometimes, even the best batsmen in the business have this fear to play against extreme fast bowlers which results in their downfall.
Few of such bowlers in the past have been Pakistan’s ‘Rawalpindi Express’ Shoaib Akhtar and Australian speedster Brett Lee who are also very good friends. These two bowlers have delivered the two fastest deliveries in history of international cricket and their record hasn’t been beaten ever since. Batsmen literally used to shiver while facing them both and the tail-enders would have nightmares after facing the bouncers and toe crushing yorkers bowled by these two legends. Since their retirement, there have been many fast bowlers who have made their names in international cricket but no one has been successful in breaking the record set by these two furious bowlers. Shaun Tait got close but missed on the world record set by Shoaib Akhtar just by a whisker.
Also, if you look at this list of fast bowlers, four out of the top five quickest bowlers are from Australia, so you get to know the reason why the Aussies have dominated world cricket in the past three to four decades. It’s because of such an outstanding set of fiery and fast bowlers. And if there’s a bowler who can break the record of the fastest delivery set by Shoaib Akhtar that has to be Mitchell Starc. There’s a long career ahead of him, and some or the other day, Starc might be able to achieve what others couldn’t in the past.
Here is the list of 10 fast bowlers and their fastest deliveries registered in international cricket:
|Brett Lee||161.1||New Zealand||Napier||2005|
|Jeff Thompson||160.6||West Indies||Perth||1975|
|Mitchell Starc||160.4||New Zealand||Perth||2015|
|Fidel Edwards||157.7||South Africa||Wanderers||2003|