Who may be cricket' s fastest-ever bowler?

Benedict Bermange

Cricket Statistician

Anrich Nortje bowled an IPL-record ninety-seven. 1mph delivery to Jos Buttler

Last Updated: 20/10/20 6: 24am

Shoaib Akhtar is one of three bowlers to get passed the 100mph mark

Shoaib Akhtar is one of 3 bowlers to have passed the 100mph mark

Shoaib Akhtar any of three bowlers to have exceeded the 100mph mark

After Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest ball in the IPL, Benedict Bermange tries to decipher cricket’s quickest-ever bowler…

So long as cricket has been played, the actual physical battle between batsmen and quick bowler has been a key part of the vision.

Throughout the years there has been many claims as to who has been the fastest bowler of all. Presently there have even been competitions to attempt to discover who it might have been. Who was it? Or who is this? Or who might it have already been?

In the early years, the speed of bowlers was generated mainly from hearsay. Fred Trueman themself claimed to be ‘the greatest weakling fast bowler that ever received breath’. But was he really?

Frank Tyson blew directly into Australia for the 1954/55 tour plus garnered the nickname of Typhoon Tyson for the speed of their bowling.

Frank Tyson was nicknamed Typhoon due to the velocity of his bowling

Frank Tyson was nicknamed Typhoon due to the velocity of their bowling

Frank Tyson had been nicknamed Typhoon due to the velocity associated with his bowling

A generation before Tyson, it had been Harold Larwood who took their brand of firepower to Australia within the infamous ‘Bodyline’ series when this individual was reportedly measured at 96mph, although it is not clear exactly how that will measurement was made.

The 1970s brought the first technological attempts to measure speed as well as brought Dennis Lillee and Shaun Thomson, who captured the public’s imagination with their decidedly anti-establishment picture and routed England on their 1974/75 tour.

The following yr the baton was passed towards the West Indies, whose battery associated with fast bowlers dominated the cricketing world for the next quarter of the century.

A move call of those 25 years of fast-bowling talent is to recite a list of thousands of cricketers the game has ever observed. Roberts, Holding, Garner, Croft, Marshall, Walsh and Ambrose, not to mention the supporting cast featuring Daniel, Bishop, Patterson and Sylvester Clarke.

Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft plus Joel Garner (left to right) were four of West Indies' fearsome fast bowlers

Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner (left in order to right) were four of Western Indies' fearsome fast bowlers

Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner (left to right) were four associated with West Indies’ fearsome fast bowlers

But learn how to measure the speed of a travelling cricket ball?

Speeds are usually measured at release, with the speed decreasing as the ball makes the way to the batsman. The speed of the ball delivered at 90mph would certainly decrease to about 80mph just before pitching, and then further to 72mph after hitting the pitch.

A radar gun measures swiftness by sending a radio influx reflected by the object along the path. In this case, it’s a cricket basketball. The gun receives this replicate and applies the principle from the Doppler Effect (the change within wavelength or frequency of an influx as it approaches or moves far from the observer) and calculates the velocity of the ball.

On the other hand, the Hawkeye system tracks the particular ball’s speed from cameras placed at different angles which can consequently be used to project whether or not the golf ball would have hit the stumps.

Australia excellent Jeff Thomson came close to 100mph according to ' very accurate broadband cameras' in Perth

Australia great Jeff Thomson came near to 100mph according to ' very precise high speed cameras' in Perth

Australia great Jeff Thomson emerged close to 100mph according to ‘very precise high speed cameras’ in Perth

In 1975 a few ‘very accurate high speed cameras’ had been positioned at the WACA in Perth to measure the speeds of quick bowlers. It was there that Shaun Thomson recorded his record rate of 99. 7 mph, carefully followed by Andy Roberts at 99. 1 mph.

The following attempt to try to answer the question regarding who was the fastest came in lates 1970s in Australia when Richie Benaud managed a competition featuring 12 bowlers from around the world. They each bowled 8 deliveries in a net and the quickest speed was measured by Doctor Frank Pyke of the University associated with Western Australia:

1979 fast-bowling competition

Bowler Mph
Jeff Thomson (Aus) 91. 9
Michael Holding (WI) 87. 8
Imran Khan (Pak) 86. almost eight
Colin Croft (WI) eighty six. 4
Andy Roberts (WI) 86. 1
Dennis Lillee (Aus) 84. 7
Garth Le Roux (SA) 84. five
David Daniel (WI) 82. 9
Len Pascoe (Aus) 81. 7
Richard Hadlee (NZ) 80. 6
Mike Procter (SA) 79. 9
Sarfraz Nawaz (Pak) 75. six

Thomson retained their title as the fastest bowler in whose speed had been reliably measured — his record standing a tantalising 0. 3 mph short of the particular magical 100mph mark. Incredibly, he or she was to retain the record for almost three decades.

It was the particular 2003 World Cup match within Cape Town when Shoaib Akhtar roared in to bowl to England’s Nick Knight. The delivery failed to look particularly special, as Dark night nudged it for a single to the leg-side. However , the scoreboard after that flashed up “100. 2 mph”. The barrier had been broken.

Not to be outdone, Brett Lee clocked 100. 1 with in an ODI against New Zealand at Napier in 2005 great team-mate Shaun Tait followed match with an identical 100. 1mph within a 2010 ODI against England on Lord’s. To this day those three stay the only bowlers to have reached 3 figures on the speed gun.

Shoaib bowled a 100. 2 mph shipping to Nick Knight during the year 2003 World Cup

Shoaib bowled a 100. 2 mph shipping to Nick Knight during the year 2003 World Cup

Shoaib bowled a 100. 2 mph shipping to Nick Knight during the year 2003 World Cup

With science, sports medicine plus biomechanics now analysing every aspect of the overall game, bowlers should surely be fitter, more powerful and quicker than ever before. But would be that the case? Certainly the modern quickie is not going to seem able to bowl significantly quicker Jeff Thomson did in the 1972s.

There have been some near-misses, with Mitchell Starc reaching 99. 7mph and Mitchell Johnson ninety-seven. 4mph, while in the summer of 2020 England fans were treated to some battle of supremacy between Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.

This year the competition was received by Wood, who peaked using a delivery to Aaron Finch within the first T20I on measured with 95. 1mph. Archer’s fastest golf ball of the summer was a ‘mere’ 93. 6mph delivered to David Warner within the same match.

And thus to the latest record-breaker Anrich Nortje.

Delhi Capitals’ Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest ball in IPL history – 97mph – yet Jos Buttler ramped it meant for four, only to be castled from the South African next ball!

In the recent IPL match between Delhi Capitals plus Rajasthan Royals he was clocked at 97. 1mph, the quickest delivery in the history of the competition, surpassing his countryman Dale Steyn’s earlier record of 95. 9mph problem in 2012.

With bowlers limited to just four overs within Twenty20 cricket, there has never before already been such an opportunity to put together a short, sharpened burst of speed in cricket history.

Since the present speed measuring system was set up for the IPL back in 2012, twenty five bowlers have been clocked at a quickness of at least 150kph which means 93. 2 mph. Here are the particular fastest 10 bowlers in that time period, sorted by their fastest delivery:

Fastest IPL transport

Bowler Mph
Anrich Nortje (SA) 97. one
Dale Steyn (SA) ninety five. 9
Kagiso Rabada (SA) 95. 8
Jofra Archer (Eng) 95. 5
Pat Cummins (Aus) 95. 4
Shaun Tait (SA) 95. several
Navdeep Saini (Ind) ninety five. 0
Lockie Ferguson (NZ) 94. 7
Lasith Malinga (SL) 94. 5
Umesh Yadav (Ind) 94. 2

With the IPL record below his belt, Nortje can now get aim at Shoaib Akhtar’s entire world record, and at the age of 26, who does bet against him?

“Hopefully it’s something I’ve obtained in me – it’s certainly something I’ve wanted to do, inch Nortje said on his Delhi Capitals team-mate Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube approach.

“Maybe a good wicket, some adrenaline, the right combination and am can do it this IPL or possibly in the future. ”

Watch Nortje in action for Delhi Capitals against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL live on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 2 . 50pm.