As many as sixteen fast-bowlers have bowled deliveries clocked between 150.7 kmph and 156.2 kmph 100 times in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The official IPL website displays only the top 100 and it begins from 150.7 kmph. Delhi Capitals’ (DC) Anrich Nortje holds the record for the fastest ball in IPL history. The South African clocked 156.2 kmph in DC’s win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Wednesday.
Apart from Nortje, the other 15 bowlers on the list are as follows: Dale Steyn, Kasigo Rabada, Pat Cummins, Shaun Tait, Jofra Archer, Navdeep Saini, Lasith Malinga, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Billy Stanlake, Ishant Sharma, Morne Morkel, Mitchell Johnson, Parvinder Awana, and Veer Pratap Singh.
Archer, Rabada and Cummins have also bowled in excess of 150 kmph this year
Anrich Nortje grabbed many an eyeball on Wednesday when he repeatedly sent in balls in excess of 150 kmph. In his second over, bowled to Jos Buttler, Nortje took the top three spots (the top spot was held by Dale Steyn prior to this) on the fastest balls in IPL list with three consecutive deliveries. Although the fastest of them all was scooped over fine-leg for four by Buttler, Nortje got his revenge with his next almost-equally fast delivery that castled Buttler.
But Nortje isn’t the first and only player to cross 150 kmph this year in the IPL. Nortje’s DC teammate and current purple cap holder Kagiso Rabada also crossed the mark once and so did Kolkata Knight Riders’ Pat Cummins. RR’s Jofra Archer was the only other person apart from Nortje to record multiple deliveries over 150 kmph. The Englishman has crossed the mark a whopping 15 times already this season.