Top 5 fastest deliveries in the history of IPL

IPL 2022 has witnessed Umran Malik bowling at 150+ kmph on a regular basis.

Umran Malik

Umran Malik (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Nishtha Gupta

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With every season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the cricket fans get a taste of high-end performances by the newcomers on the field. Every year an uncapped player comes in with his unknown potential to snatch the limelight from the already proclaimed prodigies. In the history of the IPL, pacers from around the world have left their mark on the international audience with their deliveries, which are as fast as a thunderbolt.

Over 15 years of the IPL, fast bowlers like Dale Steyn, and Jofra Archer have come into the league with their background of rattling the batters with full seam deliveries. Their ability to bowl over 150kmph consistently is what makes them stand out from the crowd. While other bowlers barely touch 140kmph, these speedsters very smoothly cross the record marks. 

Lately, Anrich Nortje has filled all the spots of getting the fastest ball, but a young Indian sensation, Umran Malik is taking it up to the course in every match. While this has been the situation in the previous two editions, IPL had the glory of Shaun Tait bowling in India. Here are the top fastest balls bowled in the history of IPL.

Top 5 fastest deliveries in IPL’s history

5. Anrich Nortje – 155.2kmph. (Delhi Capitals)

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Anrich Nortje gained attention as soon as he played his debut T20I game for South Africa in a series against India in 2019 in Mohali. Since then, his racing deliveries have been leaving a mark around the world. In his debut season in IPL 2020, he bowled the second fastest delivery in the history of the league, clocking 155.2 mph against Rajasthan Royals

Although, he did not get the best of starts to the IPL 2022 edition as he was barred from bowling after delivering two dangerous no-balls against Quinton de Kock in the match against Lucknow Super Giants. He was taken out of the attack following his lethal full toss resulting in no balls.  After this incident, he did not get to play a few more games in the league.

Nortje has been touching the 155kmph mark easily in the IPL games as well as for his national side. He is one of the reasons batsmen do not go full as soon as the game starts. His deliveries might race with light but still get converted into boundaries.

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