Shoaib Akhtar bowled the fastest ball in the history of cricket
Shoaib Akhtar bowled the fastest recorded ball of 161.3 kph in the history of cricket in the World Cup match at Newlands. Shoaib Akhtar, nicknamed, the Rawalpindi Express, bowled the first ball officially timed at 100mph but went for seven an over. His bowling figures are 9-1-63-1. Akhtar improved his own fastest-ever record by bowling one at 161.3 kph (100.23 mph) in the last ball of his second over that was recorded at 161.3 kph (100.4 mph) and betters his previous mark of 161.0 kph which he recorded on 27th of April 2002 to become the only bowler to have unique distinction of having broken the 100 mile barrier twice. The 161.3 kph ball completed a maiden over bowled which was comfortably repulsed by Nick Knight and no doubt this over rates as the fastest in recorded history. Shoaib's second over recorded speeds of 153.3 kph, 158.4 kph, 158.5 kph,157.4 kph, 159.5 kph, 161.3 kph with an astonishing average of 158.06 kph. These phenomenal speeds can only really be put into perspective when compared with Shoaib's nearest rival Brett Lee who bowled the second fastest recorded ball of 160.1kph (99.4mph) against Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup 2003.