5 bowlers who can break Shoaib Akhtar‘s fastest ball record Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as Rawalpindi Express, is called the King of Speed. Akhtar has been eight years old to retire from international cricket, but his record of the fastest ball has not been broken till date. In fact, Akhtar had thrown the ball at 161.3 km per hour against England in World Cup 2003, which he did in the Newlands field at Cape Town.
Shoaib Akhtar said goodbye to international cricket after this World Cup, since then Akhtar’s record has remained the same till now. There was a time when Shaun Tait and Brett Lee were at the peak of their career.
It was then that Shoaib’s record would be broken, but both of them could never go above 161 kilometers per hour. The record for the second fastest ball shared Brett Lee and Shaun Tait.
Now there are some young fast bowlers in cricket who think they can get closer to Shoaib Akhtar’s record. Fast bowling depends on fitness and hard work, and in today’s modern era, players have the facility from the gym to personal trainers, so we can hope to fast-fire fast bowling.
Let’s talk about 5 bowlers who can break Shoaib’s record or say that they can go closer.
The 21-year-old Caribbean bowler pulled his attention at his fast pace. Oshen Thomas’s performance in the recently-concluded India West Indies series was fantastic.
In his first T20, he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma cheaply and showed them the way to pavilion. Thomas can bowl at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour.
He is just 21 years old, with his age maturing, his speed is natural. Thomas sprayed all the Indian batsmen with his speed and bounce, influenced by which Rajasthan Royals bought them for 10 million in IPL 2019 auction.
He will be seen playing Rajasthan Royals in this IPL. Although it will be able to leave its impact in the IPL, it will be a thing to see.
New Zealand’s speedster Loki Ferguson is famous for taking wickets in the middle overs. With their flamboyant bowling, they make it difficult for the batsmen to stay on the crease.
Ferguson has so far taken 36 wickets in 21 one-dayers. He is one of New Zealand’s select fast bowlers who have the ability to bowl very fast.
In his small cricket career, he has played almost all batsmen in speed. Loki Ferguson is consistently bowling at a speed of 145 kilometers per hour.
He has bowled the ball at a speed of 153 km during the first class matches. Ferguson is considered to be a very aggressive bowler and does not get many runs during bowling.
Short pitch bowling is the greatest strength of Loki Ferguson, he knows very well how to mix in bowling. In the coming days, we can expect this Kiwi bowler to reach Shoaib Akhtar.
Talking about the fastest bowlers of world cricket, Rabada’s name comes in everyone’s mind. Facing a 23-year-old South African bowler is not less than an attack for the batsmen. Bowling average speed of Kagiso Rabada is 145 kilometers per hour.
He has bowled more than 150 kilometers per hour. Rabada has a bunch of precision yorkers, so that has long been the number one bowler in the ICC Test rankings for a long time. In the debut of his debut, Rabada had made a hat-trick against Bangladesh in a hat-trick.
The 23-year-old Kagiso Rabada has just started his international cricket, with the pace of bowling progressing over time.
Rabada has emerged as a bowler so everyone is very much hopeful. If that injury is free, then Rabada has a golden opportunity to break the record of Shoaib Akhtar.
As Jaspreet Bumrah, the Indian cricket team got a diamond. He has every weapon of fast bowling, bowling at such speed of 150 km per hour with such a small run-up is not a common practice. Bumrah has bowled at a speed of 153 kilometers per hour.
Playing his swing yorker has proved impossible for the batsmen. Recently the Indian team knocked the kangaroos in their house, in which the role of Bumrah could not be denied.
He presented an unbeaten specimen of fast bowling throughout the series and kept the pressure on the opposition batsmen. Jaspreet Bumrah’s unique bowling action is beyond the understanding of the batsmen.
Along with the Indian team, cricket fans to have many expectations from them. It is not wrong to say that the speed of the boomer is increasing over time, it can reach Shoaib’s record. Jasprit Bumrah, 25, has so far taken 78 wickets at an average of 21 in one-day cricket.
Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc is regarded as a top bowler. Stark played against India in his first ODI match in 2011, in which he impressed everyone with speed. Fast Yorker bowling is Mitchell Starc’s main weapon.
He constantly bowls at 150 km per hour. Stark 160.4 in the Test match against New Zealand in 2015