The Pakistan Cricket Board shared a throwback video to the year 2003, when Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar set a world record with the fastest delivery. His bowling speed was officially recorded at 100.2 MPH.
“#OnThisDay in 2003 @shoaib100mph registered his name in the record books by bowling the fastest delivery officially recorded at 100.2 MPH in @cricketworldcup game against England,”
#OnThisDay in 2003 @shoaib100mph registered his name in the record books by bowling the fastest delivery officially recorded at 100.2 MPH in @cricketworldcup game against England.pic.twitter.com/PE8RuwrW1i
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) February 22, 2021
By crossing the the 100mph mark Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar made history at the cricket World Cup. He bowled at a speed of 100.2mph during a 2003 match at Newlands, South Africa. The last ball of his second over against England was recorded at 161.3km/h or 100.2mph and completed a maiden over bowled at Nick Knight.
Prior to that the fastest pacers had recorded deliveries at 153.3km/h, 158.4km/h, 158.5km/h, 157.4km/h, 159.5km/h, 161.3km/h. The 2003 World Cup match marked his successful record entry.
Previously in 2002, the Pakistani cricketer’s first attempt at breaking the record was marred by controversy. At the time his recorded bowling speed was 161.0km/h. However, certain reports indicate he had clocked 99.9 mph.
It seemed unfathomable that the human body was capable of such feats. However when the same bowler smashed the 100mph yet again in 2003, it was undeniable. At present, nobody else has even been closer to the elusive 100mph (160.9kph) speed barrier.
Shoaib Akhtar is considered one of the fastest bowlers in cricket’s history. He is ranked among pacers like Australia’s Brett Lee.