Young Indian speedster Umran Malik of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowled the second fastest ball in IPL history during SRH’s clash with Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022. The record for the fastest ball in the Indian Premier League is still held by Shaun Tait.
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Fastest Ball in IPL History
|Rank||Bowler||Team||Top Speed (kmph)|
|1||Shaun Tait||Rajasthan Royals||157.71 kmph|
|2||Umran Malik||Sunrisers Hyderabad||157 kmph|
|3||Anrich Nortje||Delhi Capitals||156.22 kmph|
|4||Umran Malik||Sunrisers Hyderabad||156 kmph|
|5||Anrich Nortje||Delhi Capitals||155.1 kmph|
It’s been more than 14 years since the Indian Premier League (IPL) came into existence, and it has seen some of the fastest bowlers from world cricket showcase their skills in it.
Speedsters like Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Jofra Archer, Lockie Ferguson and others have rocked the IPL with their physics-defying rocket deliveries. The most recent name to join this elite club has been SRH pacer Umran Malik, who has caught attention with his speed and accuracy.
However, here, we take a look back at which were the bowlers who cranked up the fastest deliveries in the history of the IPL.
Shaun Tait – 157.71 kmph
Shaun Tait was one of the fastest bowlers of his time. He could send down thunderbolts and rattle the batters with sheer pace and bounce. His career was constantly plagued by injuries and he was constantly in and out of the side. However, Tait had a decent IPL career. He featured for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in four seasons (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and played a total of 21 games. He returned with 23 wickets across these four years. It was back in 2011 that he clocked the fastest delivery in the history of the IPL. Tait sent down a 157.7 kmph delivery to Aaron Finch who was playing for Delhi Daredevils (now, Delhi Capitals) at the time. Even a decade later, the former Australian fast bowler still holds the record for the fastest ball in the IPL.
Umran Malik bowls the fastest Ball in IPL History by an Indian
The Jammu-Kashmir pacer had first turned heads in IPL 2021, despite bowling in just three matches. He had picked just two wickets in 2021, but his raw pace and accuracy impressed one and all. Against Virat Kohli’s RCB, Malik put on an impressive showing, which helped him earn a call-up to the Indian team as a net bowler for the T20 World Cup. However, Malik amped up the heat in IPL 2022 where he has been bowling fast balls for fun. So far in IPL 2022, Umran Malik has bowled the fastest delivery of the tournament, clocking 157 kmph, during a spell at Delhi’s Rovman Powell.
Anrich Nortje – 156.22 kmph
It was in the 2020 edition of the IPL that Anrich Nortje left everyone stunned. He constantly clocked over 150 kmph and consistently rattled the batters for pace. The batsmen just couldn’t really get him away as they were rushed more often than not. Against Rajasthan Royals (RR), Nortje bowled an excellent spell. He was taken to the cleaners by Jos Buttler early on but the South African bounced back.
On the fifth delivery of his first over, Nortje bowled a 156.2 kmph delivery, which Buttler scooped it for four. That was the second-fastest ball in the history of the IPL. However, Nortje did not let the boundary deter him as he hit back with a 155.21 kmph thunderbolt, which knocked over Buttler’s stumps. That delivery is the third-fastest by any bowler in the history of this Indian T20 extravaganza.
Nortje has also delivered balls that have clocked speeds of 154.74 kmph, 154.21 kmph and 153.72 kmph. All of these deliveries came in the 2020 season itself and Nortje’s performance (22 wickets) was a big reason why Delhi Capitals were able to reach the final that year. Even in IPL 2021, Nortje was consistently the fastest bowler in the tournament.
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Dale Steyn – 154.4 kmph
There is absolutely no surprise that Dale Steyn enters this list of bowlers who have bowled some of the fastest deliveries in the history of the IPL. He is arguably one of the best fast bowlers to have played in this generation. Irrespective of red-ball or white-ball cricket, Steyn has been supremely consistent.
Not only does he pick wickets, but he also sends down some absolute thunderbolts. He was by far one of the fastest in his peak and he could go past 150 kmph consistently. Even in the IPL, Steyn has clocked one of the fastest deliveries. In the 2012 season when he was playing for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, he sent down a ball, that clocked 154.40 kmph, which is the fifth-fastest in the history of this cash-rich Indian T20 league.
Steyn, despite being injury-ridden has a fine record in the IPL. The South African legend has picked up 97 wickets at an economy rate of 6.91. He has also delivered some of the fastest balls in the tournament, clocking a top speed of 154.4 kmph.
Kagiso Rabada – 154.23 kmph
Kagiso Rabada has been absolutely magnificent in the IPL in the last three seasons. He has been one of the reasons why Delhi Capitals have been so successful since the start of 2019. The premier South African fast bowler picked up 25 wickets from 12 games in the 2019 season and narrowly missed out on the Purple Cap as he was injured towards the end of the season that year. In 2020, he made amends and returned with 30 wickets, winning the Purple Cap. He continued that form in the 2021 season and took eight wickets before the season was postponed.
Rabada has also breached the 150 kmph mark consistently in the last few years. According to the stats on iplt20.com, Rabada has gone past the 150 kmph mark as many as 16 times in the history of the IPL. A couple of those deliveries went into the top 10 as well. One of those was a 154.23 delivery, which puts him in the top five. Another one was 153.91 kmph.
Lockie Ferguson – 153.84 kmph
Lockie Ferguson is one of the fastest bowlers going around in world cricket at the moment. He has been one of the premier bowlers in white-ball cricket for New Zealand for a few years now and has bowled some fiery deliveries in international cricket. He hasn’t really featured in a lot of games in the IPL, though, featuring in just 14 matches in his IPL career across three seasons (2017, 2019 and 2020).
While Ferguson didn’t have great returns in the 2017 and 2019 seasons where he took five wickets from nine games, he was quite good in the 2020 edition where he took six wickets at an economy rate of 7.46. It was in this 2020 season that Ferguson clocked one of the fastest deliveries in the history of the IPL. He clocked 153.84 kmph during the season, which is slotted into the top 10 fastest deliveries.
Jofra Archer – 153.62 kmph
It is no secret that Jofra Archer is a dangerous bowler to face courtesy of the pace he generates. He may have been around only for a few years but he has managed to rattle multiple batters around the world with some extreme fast deliveries. Archer has troubled the batsmen with sheer pace and has consistently clocked over 150 kmph. In one of the games, he recorded a delivery with a pace of 153.62 kmph, which helps him slot into this list of the top 10 fastest deliveries in the history of the IPL.
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What is the fastest ball in IPL 2022?
The fastest ball in IPL 2022 is bowled by SRH bowler Umran Malik when he clocked 157 kmph against Delhi Capitals.
Who has bowled the fastest ball in cricket?
Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar has bowled the fastest ball in cricket history, as he clocked 161 kmph against New Zealand in 2002.