'Who needs Shaheen Afridi?' - Twitter asks after speed gun shows 148 km/h for spinner Mohammad Nawaz

‘Who needs Shaheen Afridi?’ – Twitter asks after speed gun shows 148 km/h for spinner Mohammad Nawaz

148 kmph is quite fast for a pacer as well.

Muhammad Nawaz
Muhammad Nawaz. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The speed gun in the Bangladesh and Pakistan T20I series started off with quite an absurd finding showing that Hasan Ali bowled a delivery which was of 219 kmph, which is equal to 136 mph. Now, for anyone who has watched some cricket, they would know that delivering a ball at that speed is literally not possible. 

As a matter of fact, the fastest delivery ever bowled by a bowler in international cricket is nowhere near that figure. Shaun Tait, Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar have reached 100 mph, which is a record. No one else has ever recorded a ball bowled faster than that. But, interestingly, the mistake with Hasan Ali’s delivery was not the only thing that happened during the match. In fact, just before that delivery by Ali, there was another mistake. 

In another separate occasion in the game, left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz was bowling the first over of the Bangladesh innings. His very first ball was a simple delivery to Mohammad Naim. Generally, spinner delivers at a speed of anywhere between 75 kmph to 105 kmph. If a spinner is bowling anything above that it would look very absurd. 

Mohammad Nawaz’s delivery happened right before Hasan Ali’s 219 Kmph

Despite this fact, the speed gun showed 148.1 kmph, which is 92 mph. This figure is at times difficult to attain for any fast-bowler. There is by no means that it will be possible that a delivery by Nawaz would attain a speed like that. The video of the mistake was uploaded by a fan on Twitter and has been trending since. 

Speaking about the game, Bangladesh batted first and managed only 127 for 7. Contributions from Afif Hossain (36 runs), Nurul Hasan (28 runs) and Mahedi Hasan (30 runs) helped them to get there. Hasan Ali was fantastic with the ball picking up three wickets in his four-over spell. Mohammad Wasim Jr picked up two wickets as well. 

In reply with the bat, Pakistan stumbled initially. At one point, with six wickets down, the visitors were down and out. But, Shadab Khan’s 10-ball 21 and Nawaz’s 8-ball 18 finished the chase with four balls to spare. With this, Pakistan lead the series 1-0 with two more matches to be played.