However, among all of them and around the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered the fastest bowling player of all time. In his peak, Akhtar was a terrorising prospect to face for the best of batsmen in the world and used to bowl at an impressive pace consistently. Other established facts by the committee included that the duo were not aware of the banned drug to be present in their supplements because the Pakistan Cricket Board itself had not informed them of the dangers of contaminated supplements. In September 2007, he received a ban. It was followed by high-class bowling performances in Sharjah and later in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. ALSO READ | Shoaib Akhtar hails Virat Kohli for shifting his focus from aggression to discipline. Shoaib khtar fastest ball 161.3 subscribe my channal more update #TENSPORTS Shoaib has often been labelled the 'fastest bowler in the world' and it was this over against England on April 27, 2002 that truly earned him the speed king's crown. Shoaib Akhtar had broken the barrier and become the fastest bowler in the world. The highest electronically measured speed for a ball bowled by any bowler is 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) by Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) against England on 22 February 2003 in a World Cup match at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. In an interview with Dawn, Farooq Hamid stated that due to dirty politics in Pakistan cricket and the 'Mohammad Brothers', he could only play one Test and retired from cricket at a tender age of 25. [7] Pakistani judge Rana Bhagwandas once stated that Akhtar is a legend of Pakistan cricket. His effective use of slower deliveries proved to be unplayable by the English batsmen. Akhtar returned to the national side representing the country against England in the Twenty20 International. [22] In September, Akhtar released his autobiography, Controversially Yours. He holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket. [citation needed] On 1 March 2007 Akhtar and Asif were ruled out of the Pakistani squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup by team officials, minutes before the squad was to depart for the West Indies. Playing in a three Test home series against England, he made a series of impressive bowling performances. Shoaib Akhtar’s 161.3 kph ball is followed by ShaunTait’s 161.1 kph against England in 2013 and Brett Lee’s 161.1 against New Zealand in 2005. A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. Anrich Nortje aims for Shoaib Akhtar's record after delivering fastest ever IPL ball; RR vs RCB: Skipper Smith guides Rajasthan Royals to 177/6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore Akhtar emerged as the highest wicket taker of the series with seventeen wickets. [6] In October 2008, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan suspended the five-year ban and Akhtar was selected in the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 Quadrangular Tournament in Canada. Subsequently, he was included in the 16-man Pakistan squad for the 2007 tour of India. Akhtar was selected in Pakistan's 15-man squad to play in the 2011 World Cup hosted by Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka in February to March. During the tournament, he announced that he would retire from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. [60], On 4 September 2008, Akhtar was sent back home from Heathrow airport by British immigration officials on visa grounds; Akhtar only had a visit visa but not a working visa, which is required to play in county cricket. Akhtar was sent home during a Test match series in Australia in 2005 for alleged poor attitude. Akhtar made his Test debut in November 1997 as an opening fast bowler and played his first One Day International three months later. Akhtar made a return to international cricket albeit in the shorter format of the game. Afridi however, denied these allegations adding that Asif would have suffered more injuries but for his intervention. Later on Akhtar was sacked along with other players, including Younis. A medical panel was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board to investigate the nature of his injury, however Pakistan officials dispelled all suspicions. Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar still holds the record for delivering the fastest ball in international cricket. [31] Former Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq had also previously complained about Akhtar's drug abuse but was not reported to the Pakistan Cricket Board. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. Hamid believes that he consistently bowled at a speed of 110/115 miles (177-185 kmph) per hour. Third on the list is once again an Australian that goes by the name of Shaun … He has also played for Cyclones of Chittagong in Bangladesh's NCL T20 Bangladesh. As a result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer deteriorated. Shoaib Akhtar is the current holder of the record for fastest ball delivered. Akhtar's career has been plagued with injuries, controversies and accusations of poor attitude. ALSO READ | Shoaib Akhtar regrets not having used bodyline tactics against Sachin during 2003 WC. ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak' Former Pakistan pacer Farooq Hamid claims to have consistently bowled faster than Shoaib Akhtar … [12] After some struggle, starting his List A career during the 1993/1994 season and his first-class career during the 1994/1995 one, he caught the eye of Majid Khan, then the chief executive of the PCB, and after a good performance for the Pakistan A team's tour of England, in 1996, he was rewarded his maiden Test cap against the West Indies, in 1997. He opined that many international cricket personalities such as Sir Don Bradman, Imtiaz Ahmed, Zaheer Abbas and others considered him as the fastest bowler, even faster than Charlie Griffith of the West Indies. Farooq Hamid even reckoned that if Imran Khan fails to correct the cricketing system in Pakistan, then only God can save it. The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar is the Fastest Bowler in history of cricket. "[52], On 1 April 2008 Akhtar was banned for five years for violating the players' code of conduct. Subsequently, after 8 tests and 16 innings, Akhtar had accumulated only 18 wickets.[14]. Known as the Rawalpindi Express for his blistering pace, Akhtar clocked 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) against England in a 2003 World Cup encounter at Newlands, Cape Town in South Africa. He was subsequently selected for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England in September 2010.[19]. [42] The ICC supported the WADA appeal adding that it was committed to a dope free game. [35], On 1 November 2006 the Pakistan Cricket Board handed down a two-year suspension to Akhtar and a one-year suspension to Asif, banning them from professional cricket during the period. Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahim, committee head, and Haseeb Ahsan, former Test cricketer, were in favour of the acquittal. However the team performed poorly during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and after the tournament he was dropped from the Pakistan squad. Stay updated on the latest IND VS AUS news, IND VS AUS updates, IND VS AUS schedule, IND VS AUS matches and more. [18] He narrowly missed out a spot in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in place of the injured Umar Gul. Believing akash Chopra is one of the biggest mistakes a cricket fan could ever make.. Well talking about the speed of shoaib Akhtar, I bet he didn't cross 130kmph for sure. IS Bindra, a member of the council, was quoted as saying, "Even though they [the PCB] have cleared him to play for IPL, we felt that international discipline needs to be respected. [8] Akhtar retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup. Currently, Shoaib Akhtar's delivery bowled at 161.3 kph in a World Cup match against England in 2003 is regarded as the fastest ball in history. Shoaib bowled a delivery at 161.3 kmph, against England in world cup 2003. In July 2010, he was selected for the Twenty20 series against Australia but the selectors decided not to play him in the Test squad so that he would not get injured. On April 27, Shoaib burst through the 100 miles-per hour (160.9344kph) barrier with a ball registering 161kph on a speed gun operated in the ground by … [45] In the week before the inaugural World Twenty20, held in South Africa, Akhtar was rumoured to have hit Pakistani teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat after an argument in the dressing room. It was on April 27, 2002, that a fast bowler touched the 100mph mark with his lightning delivery. [23], Akhtar has played for three English county cricket clubs: Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003 and 2004 and Worcestershire in 2005. [28] The rest of his cricketing career was riddled with ankle and knee injuries which forced him to undergo a surgery in February 2006, until finally he was banned for two years for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. He was notably the spearhead of a depleted Pakistani bowling attack in the Peshawar Test against the visiting Australians later in 1998, where Mark Taylor scored his famous unbeaten 334 in Australia's first innings. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. On April 27, 2002, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar created a world record by bowling a 161.0 kmp/h delivery to New Zealand's Craig McMillian in an ODI in Lahore. 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On 15 June 2010, Akhtar made his return, taking 3 wickets for 28 runs in the first match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the fastest bowlers to have graced the game. Akhtar's run of average performances started in 1999, during a pre-World Cup series against India. Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, the quickest bowler in history, reflects on breaking the 100mph barrier, sledging the opposition and much more. He added that all his colleagues know what sort of treatment he was meted out from his captains. On 16 October 2006 Akhtar was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board, along with Mohammed Asif after they tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. [46][47] After the initial inquiry, Akhtar was found to be at fault and was subsequently recalled from the Twenty20 World Cup squad[48] and was sent home. [58] On 4 May, the Pakistan Cricket Board's appellate tribunal suspended the five-year ban for one month, until they reconvene on 4 June, allowing Akhtar to take part in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Shaun Tait – Australia. He was selected back into the Pakistan squad as they had no choice in the 2003 Test match series against New Zealand, but struggled in a losing Test series against India in 2004. [20] He continued to bowl well in the ODI series in the absence of regular fast-bowlers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were suspended by the International Cricket Council amid allegations of Spot-fixing. However, Hamid said that Pakistan cricket is lucky now as they have legendary all-rounder Imran Khan at the helm and he was hopeful that cricket will improve under him. Blaming the team management for not handling his aggressive attitude, Hamid said every fast bowler should be aggressive and it is the job of the team management to handle fast bowlers carefully. "My honour has been vindicated and now the defamation lawsuit will not be pursued," Ashraf was quoted as saying. Defending a low score of 133 runs, Akhtar took four top order wickets which ultimately led to the Daredevils being restricted to 110 runs. Along with Akhtar who is famously known as the Rawalpindi Express, Australia Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, and Jeff Thomson have bowled some of the fastest deliveries in international cricket. Since neither of the two had been declared fit they did not undergo official doping tests. [61], On 21 May 2009, Akhtar was dropped from 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan squad because of genital viral warts. [49] He was also banned for 5 matches by the Pakistan Cricket Board. info); born 13 August 1975) is an former Pakistani cricketer, commentator and YouTuber.He is often known as one of the greatest and fastest bowlers of the era. On this day in 2003, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar became the fastest bowler recorded in the history of cricket when he delivered the ball at 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h) – a speed … If that fails I will go to court, if that fails then I will go to the Supreme Court. ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak'. He's a superstar and just does what he wants. — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 23, 2020 Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery bowled in ODI cricket. He is often known as one of the greatest and fastest bowlers of the era. [43][44], In August 2007, Akhtar was reported to have used foul language against Pakistan Cricket Board protesting the imposing of fine of Rs. 'Beast' Anrich Nortje eyes Shoaib Akhtar's record 161.3kph after delivering fastest ever IPL ball play Bishop: Nortje has brought skill and control along with pace (2:15) In fact, Akhtar has been no good for any club he's been at. Fastest Ball in History of Cricket Shoaib Akhtar. "Exceptional circumstances" were cited including discrepancies between the instantaneous offence charges of doping that were laid and the quick delivery of a very harsh verdict. His father, Mohammad Akhtar, "from a hardworking economically unprivileged family of the Gujjar (kasana gotra or clan) community", who worked as a night watchman at a petrol station belonging to the Attock oil refinery, married his mother, Hameeda Awan, when she was still a teenager, and they had five children: four sons, Shoaib being the fourth after Shahid, Tahir and Obaid, followed by a daughter, Shumaila. info); born 13 August 1975) is an former Pakistani cricketer, commentator and YouTuber. Farooq Hamid further said that many leading cricketers were scared of his bouncers. The ban extended to all cricket for and in Pakistan. Taking a shot at the Mohammad brothers, Hamid said that it was because of the widely considered 'great' Hanif Mohammad and his brother Wazir Mohammad that he never played international cricket after the tour of Australia. [3][4] He is also the first bowler to break the 100 mph barrier, doing so twice in his career. [29] They were consequently pulled out from the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. Or had he? He was sent back from the 2005 Australia tour with a hamstring injury amid rumours of indiscipline, lack of commitment and attitudinal complaints. "[56] A three-man appellate tribunal announced on 30 April that they had temporarily upheld Akhtar's five-year ban, deciding to revist the appeal hearing in June. The complete drug testing procedure was concluded to have been technically flawed as it did not follow standard procedures. He was subsequently included in the tour of South Africa during the winter of 1998, where he played in all three Tests. On 2 July 2007, the Court of Arbitration for Sport dropped the case, ruling it had no jurisdiction to challenge the decision made by PCB. The Pakistan pacer, known for his raw pace, clocked 161 kph against New Zealand in 2002 and consistently clocked in excess of 151 kph during his career. He is recognised as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in a pool match against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. [16] He is also known as one of only three bowlers to have ever broken the 100 mph barrier in cricket history, with a delivery of 100.2 mph, during a one-day international against England in World cup 2003[17]. However, recently, a former Pakistan pacer named Farooq Hamid, who featured for his country in only one Test in 1964 against Australia, where he took the wicket of Ian Chappell, has claimed that he has bowled the fastest delivery in world cricket which is even quicker than the Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball. It was his second over that saw the Shoaib deliver balls at the speed of 153.3km/h, 158.4km/h, 158.5km/h, 157.4km/h, 159.5km/h and 161.3km/h, with the average speed being 158.06 km/h. 300,000 for indiscipline during the national camp in Karachi. Akhtar was born in a small town in Morgah near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. [5] On 1 April 2008, Akhtar was banned for five years for publicly criticising the Pakistan Cricket Board. [33] During a hearing with the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee, he along with Asif maintained taking non-steroidal dietary supplements. 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The series ended with a controversy when he left the field citing an injury leading to suspicions by former Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, about his commitment to the team. No bowler has ever delivered this variation with a bigger drop-off in speed from their stock ball, and he bowled it with no discernible change in arm action. Shoaib was the first ever bowler who crossed 100mph barrier in history of cricket. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. [38], On 5 December 2006 Akhtar and Asif were acquitted by the tribunal appointed to review their appeals. In 2005, Akhtar regained his reputation as a fast bowler for his side. Up Next. The team management along with the Pakistan Cricket Board said their injuries were too severe to risk taking them to the Caribbean. [59] A day later, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that they will no longer pursue the defamation suit following a reconciliation between Akhtar and chairman Nasim Ashraf at the house of Rehman Malik, a key political official, in Islamabad. Aryan Sawhney FOLLOW. [32] Akhtar immediately declared his innocence and he declined knowingly taking any performance-enhancing drugs. Top 5 fastest deliveries ever bowled in international cricket: Shoaib Akhtar: 161.3 kph vs England in 2003. [9], He married Rubab Khan on 11 November 2014. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on appeal. "[24], Akhtar made a successful return to cricket in his first game in the Indian Premier League, playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Delhi Daredevils. From live updates to breaking news, Republic World brings you all the live updates online so that you don't miss out on the IND VS AUS extravaganza. [15] [57] Despite Akhtar's later retracting his claims and also issuing an unconditional apology for "any grief or embarrassment that may have been caused to the nation, particularly to the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf", Ashraf's legal counsel filed a Rs 220 million (approx US$3.37 million) defamation suit against Akhtar in a civil court in Lahore on 2 May. Despite his relatively good bowling form, Pakistani coach Waqar Younis insisted that the bowling attack must not become reliant on Akhtar, as he is 35 years of age and fitness troubles continue to affect him. This was particularly the case at Worcestershire: chairman John Elliott said "Players like that are no good to our club. Hamid went on say that after later, the commentators said that he was much quicker than Griffith and added that according to him, he must have been bowling at around 110-115 miles per hour. Knight Riders' captain Sourav Ganguly also acknowledged Akhtar's performance, "He came to the country with lots [of things] happening behind him...But he showed a lot of character."[27]. He bowled an impressive spell and returned with figures of 2 wickets for 23 runs. [51] Even Asif chipped in saying that Akhtar was lying and that "Shahid Afridi had nothing to do with the fight", saying that "he has not apologised to me. In May 2010, PCB named him in a list of 35 probables for the Asia Cup. After Pakistan's poor performance in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he got involved in a verbal conflict with former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis. Over Pakistan's first three matches, Shoaib has produced fastest balls of 153.1km/h, 159.1km/h and now 161.3km/h. [62][63], In July 2012, Akhtar accused the PCB stating that there was too much "politics" in the Board and some of its officials did not want Pakistani team to win. [41], World Anti-Doping Agency ( WADA) challenged Pakistan's decision to lift bans on fast bowlers Akhtar and Asif by taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. "[55] On 3 April, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Nasim Ashraf served a legal notice on Akhtar, calling on him to retract statements he made to a news channel, alleging the ban was punishment in return for refusing to give the chairman a share of his earnings from the Indian Premier League, Ashraf also sought damages of Rs 100 million (approximately US$1.6 million) for "defaming him personally" and an additional Rs 100 million to the Pakistan Cricket Board for "sullying the name of the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Cricket team. He claimed that the legendary West Indian batsman Rohan Kanhai was floored by his lethal bouncer. He was subsequently fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board for avoiding a late night curfew. In the 2004 home series with India, he struggled with wrist and back injuries, which raised questions about his commitment to the team. Akhtar has been involved in several controversies during his career, often accused of unsportsmanlike conduct, despite his commendations for significantly impacting games in Pakistan's favour. Over the years, Pakistan has given world-cricket quality speedsters like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar among others who gave batsmen nightmares with their speed and swing. In a statement issued to the press, he claimed that he could never cheat teammates or opponents. News 'Beast' Anrich Nortje eyes Shoaib Akhtar's record 161.3kph after delivering fastest ever IPL ball "Maybe a good wicket, some adrenaline, the right combination and I can do it this IPL" He was dropped from the squad after group matches and was not included in the quarter final either. 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