ISLAMABAD – Pakistani pacemen Shoaid Akhtar bowled fastest bowled in the history of World cricket and crossed 100 mile barrier in Cricket World Cup 2003.
Shoaib Akhtar to Nick Knight and a blazing delivery although tucked away easily but still this bowl made Shoaib Akhtar the fastest bowler in the history of cricket with the delivery officially recorded at a speed of 161.3 kph.
Shoaib Akhtar became the only person to have broken the 100 mile barrier twice.
He had done it unofficially in New Zealand the year before, but when Shoaib Akhtar hurled one at 100.23mph at England’s Nick Knight during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, it was as official as it could get and the legend of ‘Da Fastest Bowler’ was born.
He was the first bowler to officially bowl at a speed of greater then 100mph; later on in 2005 Bret Lee came close but couldn’t out do Shoaib’s Record but he ended up touching 100.1mph.
The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, among other things, was also a fight between Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee for the title of World’s Fastest Bowler. Lee, had said that he would rather pick up wickets than try to hit 100mph, and to many, Akhtar put it beyond doubt anyway when he delivered a 100.04 thunderbolt while on tour in New Zealand. But that wasn’t accepted as official, as one of the guns in use had broken down.
As far as Akhtar was concerned, he wanted to do it on the biggest stage, and put the matter beyond doubt – once and for all.
After this match Shoaib Akhtar said “I wanted to do it and I said that before the match to the coach and the manager I wanted to do it in the second over. When I get my arm back there I gain more power. It’s a different action and then I just bowl quicker in the air. When I’d done 158kph then I said, this is the time, I just cross the barrier and finish it for the rest of my life.”
Akhtar has played for three English county cricket clubs, including Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003 and 2004 and Worcestershire in 2005.
He did achieve his moments of success, such as taking 5 wickets for 35 runs for Durham against Somerset in the National League in 2003 and claiming 6 wickets for 16 runs in the same competition for Worcestershire against Glamorgan two years later, but he suffered from fitness problems, as well as a perception that he was less than interested in his task.
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