Cricket isn’t all fancy footwork! Sometimes, it’s throwing REALLY hard that makes batsmen scared. Get ready for a super fast look at the top 10 fastest throws ever – balls thrown so hard, they became famous!

The King of Fast Throws: Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)

Remember the “Rawalpindi Express”? 

That’s Shoaib Akhtar, the fastest thrower ever! In 2003, he astounded everyone with an extremely fast 161.3 kilometer per hour throw! 

Imagine an English batsman trying to hit that – ouch!

Almost the King: Shaun Tait (Australia)

Looks like Australia LOVES throwing fast! Shaun Tait almost became the fastest ever in 2010. He threw a super fast 161.1 kilometer per hour ball against England. That was close!

Brett Lee’s Super Fast Throw (Australia)

Before Tait, another Australian fast thrower, Brett Lee, was amazing. Back in 2005, he threw a super fast 161.1 kilometer per hour ball against New Zealand, showing he was one of the fastest ever.

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The Original Speedster: Jeff Thomson (Australia)

Hold on, there’s more from the Aussies! Before these recent stars, Jeff Thomson was the FIRST to throw faster than 160 kilometers per hour in 1975. West Indies batsmen must have hid when he threw a super fast 160.6 kilometer per hour scorcher!

Mitchell Starc: Modern Day Superstars Take Over!

Mitchell Starc (Australia) keeps the Aussie tradition of throwing fast alive. He threw 160.4 kilometers per hour against New Zealand in 2015. But wait! Don’t forget Andy Roberts (West Indies) who showed his power in 1975 with an incredibly fast 159.5 kilometer per hour throw against Australia!

West Indies Heats Up: Fidel Edwards

The Caribbean knows fast bowling! Fidel Edwards joined the party in 2003, leaving South African batsmen scorched with a searing 157.7 kmph delivery. Hot stuff!

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Nearly Untouchable: Mitchell Johnson (Australia)

Mitchell Johnson of Australia almost joined the exclusive 160 kmph club in 2013. He fell a little short but still impressed with a mighty 156.8 kmph delivery against England. Whew!

India Joins the Race: Mayank Yadav

Boom! India got a bowling rocket! Mayank Yadav just ROCKED the IPL with SUPER FAST throws! Twice he threw the ball SO HARD it hit 156.7 kmph against Royal Challengers Bangalore! That’s CRAZY fast!

Before him, there was Mohd Sami from Pakistan. Back in the early 2000s, this SUPER SPEEDY bowler threw a ball at 156.4 kmph against Zimbabwe! WHAM!

These guys are bowling LEGENDS! They changed cricket with their MEGA SPEED throws! The balls they threw were SCREAMERS that left batters gasping and fans stunned!

Sl NoPlayerTeamBall Speed (Kph)
1Mayank YadavLSG156.7
2Mayank YadavLSG155.8
3Nandre BurgerRR153.0
4Gerald CoetzeeMI152.3
5Alzarri JosephRCB151.2
6Matheesha PathiranaCSK150.9

Fastest Deliveries in IPL History

Sl NoPlayerBall Speed (Km/H)
1Shaun Tait157.7
2Lockie Ferguson157.3
3Umran Malik157.0
4Mayank Yadav156.7
5Mayank Yadav155.8
6Anrich Nortje156.2
7Anrich Nortje154.8
8Dale Steyn154.4
9Kagiso Rabada154.2

The best 10 fastest deliveries ever

RankBowlerBall SpeedTeamAgainstYear
1Shoaib Akhtar161.3 km/hrPakistanEngland2003
2Shaun Tait161.1 km/hrAustraliaEngland2010
3Brett Lee161.1 km/hrAustraliaNew Zealand2005
4Jeffrey Thomson160.6 km/hrAustraliaWest Indies1975
5Mitchell Starc160.4 km/hrAustraliaNew Zealand2015
6Andy Roberts159.5 km/hrWest IndiesAustralia1975
7Fidel Edwards157.7 km/hrWest IndiesSouth Africa2003
8Mitchell Johnson156.8 km/hrAustraliaEngland2013
9Mayank Yadav156.7 km/hrLucknow Super GiantsRoyal Challengers Bengaluru2024
10Mohd. Sami156.4 km/hrPakistanZimbabwe2003

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