Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History | Average Delivery

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
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Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket | Average Delivery

Introduction 

Cricket is a game that is often regarded as a batsman’s sport, but this is not entirely true and, In fact, not true at all. The tricks and tactics of the bowler can make it difficult for the batsman to score well on the scoreboard whenever it comes to a ball delivery, no matter if it is the Swing, Seam, and Varying pace. When it comes to wicket-taking, the pure speed of the delivery makes it difficult for the batsman to understand in a shorter interval of time as the ball hits the bat. 

If one will look at the history of cricket until now, especially on the Wickets taken. The main reason behind the wicket is mostly the fastest delivery of the ball. Fastest bowlers are often the ones who are considered as the most dangerous at the cricket ground because they want nothing but the wicket; their passion and desire for the game can be seen from afar also. 

Here, in this article, we will tell you about the top 10 players who know the art of the fastest delivery. Their skill enabled them to hit the list of top 10 globally; let’s look at their names in a list and then look at them briefly. 

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List of Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket | Average Delivery

  1. Shoaib Akhtar
  2. Shaun Tait
  3. Brett Lee
  4. Jeff Thomson 
  5. Mitchell Starc
  6. Andy Roberts
  7. Fidel Edwards
  8. Mitchell Johnson 
  9. Mohammad Sami
  10. Shane Bond

Now, let us brief you about these players as mentioned above and know everything about them, their nationality, rates, strengths, and others. 

Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar hails from Pakistan. This player hit the top position at our rankings and is worth it. He’s called and regarded as the “Rawalpindi Express” because of the speed he maintains in his deliveries to the batsmen, which remains somewhere around 161.4 kph or 100.2 mph. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Shoaib Akhtar | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

The player made his fastest delivery of the ball against a match conducted between Pakistan and England in 2003 and was an ICC world cup tournament.  In a career span of about 14 years, from 1997-2011, this player was able to hit the bar of total wickets taken around 174 in test cricket and about 247 in ODI cricket. 

Shaun Tait 

Shaun Tait Hails from Australia is an Australian bowler who played sporadically from 2006 to 2016. The player’s fasted delivery of 161.1 kph or 100.1 mph has also been registered Against England in 2010 at Lords. He has been a part of Franchise cricket, associated with many IPL teams, be it Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, or with a team like Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades, and Hobart Hurricanes, and was celebrated as a coveted player in these. He had to retire after the injury at the age of 25, which was shocking for everyone and unexpected. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Shaun Tait | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

Brett Lee

This handsome hunk is hailing from Australia and is considered the Heartthrob of Cricket, where he bragged about 280 ODI wickets, 310 Test Wickets, and 487 First-class wickets.  He made Australia claim the ICC world cup for 2003 and 2007. His fastest ball delivery is recorded at 160.8 kph or 99.9mph against New Zealand in 2005 at Napier. His Talent made him brag the title of the first-ever cricket player to take a hat trick at the Twenty20 International cricket tournament. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Brett Lee | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

Jeff Thomson 

Jeff Thomson, hailing from Australia, only has registered a record of fastest delivery of about 160.6 kph or 99.8 mph against West Indies at Perth in 1975. There was a thing about the duo, including him and his countryman Dennis Lillee that kept haunting the batsmen in international cricket. He had registered 55 ODI wickets and 200 Test Wickets for him. In 2016, Jeff Thomson was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Jeff Thomson | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

Mitchell Starc

Starc is a player who also hails from Australia and is known for registering a speed of around 160.4 kph or 99.7mph against New Zealand in 2015 on the third day of the second test series held. His regular deliveries keep hovering around 146.5 kph, which makes him the brag the list for the world’s fastest bowlers. He has taken around 184 ODI wickets and 244 test wickets. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Mitchell Starc | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

He was also a player for the Australian team when the team grabbed the opportunity and bragged the World Cup title for the year 2015. 

Andy Roberts

Andy hails from West Indies and has registered a fast delivery of about 159.5kph or 99.1mph for himself against Australia in 1975 and has been inducted in the US cricket hall of fame in 2005. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Andy Roberts | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

Fidel Edwards

Fidel Edwards is also hailing from the West Indies team and has registered a fast delivery speed of 157.7 kph or 97.9 mph for his records against the South African team in 2003. He last played for the team in 2012 but remains part of Franchise cricket of T20 Competitions. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Fidel Edwards | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

Mitchell Johnson 

Mitchell Johnson is hailing from the Australian team and has registered a fast delivery of 156.8 kmph or 97.4 mph against England in Australia in 2013. He has also bragged and won the titles for ICC Test player and ICC Cricketer of the year 2014. He has taken around 239 wickets in ODI, 38 T20Is wickets, and around 313 test wickets. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Mitchell Johnson | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

Mohammad Sami

Mohammad Sami is a player hailing from Pakistan and has registered a fast delivery of around 156.4 kph, or 97.1 mph, against Zimbabwe in 2003 in an ODI held at Dubai.  He had managed to take around 121 ODI wickets, 21 T20I wickets, and 85 Test Wickets. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Mohammad Sami | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

Shane Bond

Shane Bond is a player who hails from New Zealand and has a fantastic career from 2002 to 2010. He registered a fast delivery for about 156.4 kph or 97.1 at the 2003 ICC World Cup. This player is gifted and serves as the coaching staff at Mumbai Indians in the IPL Franchise. 

Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History
Shane Bond | Top 10 Fastest Ball In Cricket History

Conclusion

We have come across names that, with their passion for the game and Talent in-built in them, had made themselves brag the space and ranking to the list.

For a long time, cricket has been associated with batsmen only, but it is time for the world to know that cricket is about bowlers equally as it is about batsmen. Even the batsman relies on bowlers for analyzing their speed and moves to hit the ball. It is a collaborative art of these two, especially that makes cricket this interesting in present times.

Also Read – Top 10 Cricketers with Most Centuries in Cricket

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