The golden child of BCCI, the Indian Premier League (IPL), over the years, has boasted a world-class collection of pace bowlers from all over the world. Also, it provided a global platform for the young domestic talents in India, even some from remote places.
Not surprisingly, the list of fastest deliveries bowled in IPL is dominated by international fast bowlers from SENA countries. Still, few Indian pacers have tried to challenge the overseas contingent in the high-octane tournament.
Here are the fastest deliveries ever bowled in the history of IPL:
Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait bowled the fastest ball in the IPL history while playing for Rajasthan Royals against Delhi Daredevils in their IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on April 12, 2017.
Tait generated raw pace and clocked 157.71 kmph in the very first over and played a crucial role in Royals’ six-wicket win over Daredevils.
Delhi Capitals pacer Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest delivery of the IPL 2020 against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on Wednesday (October 14).
Interestingly, the South African speedster bowled the second and third fastest ball of the IPL 2020 as well after recording a pace of 155.21 and 154.74 respectively.
Nortje clocked 156.22 kmph against RR opener Jos Buttler in the third over of the Royals’ run-chase, which was scooped for a four by the right-hander. This was the second-fastest delivery recorded in the IPL history since a speed gun has been introduced in the tournament.
The ‘Steyn-Gun’ as they called the South African speedster, served the likes of Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.
In the twilight of his career, Steyn clocked the pace of 154.40 while representing the Chargers in 2012.
While representing the Sunrisers’, he again clocked 152.48 in 2013. His next fastest delivery was in 2014 of 152.44. All these are within the top 25 fastest deliveries ever bowled in the history of IPL.
India recently produced a crop of speed bowlers that have caught several eyeballs around the world. However, the only Indian pacemaker in the list of fastest deliveries in the IPL is Navdeep Saini.
Saini flew over the likes of Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah to deliver the fastest ball by an Indian in the IPL. The Royal Challengers Bangalore speedster recorded 152.85 kmph during the 2019 edition of the IPL, which was the second-fastest of the season behind Kagiso Rabada.
Here’s the list of fastest deliveries in the history of IPL (in kmph):
- Shaun Tait – 157.71
- Anrich Nortje – 156.22
- Anrich Nortje – 155.21
- Anrich Nortje – 154.74
- Dale Steyn – 154.40
- Kagiso Rabada – 154.23
- Anrich Nortje – 154.21
- Kagiso Rabada – 153.91
- Anrich Nortje – 153.72
- Jofra Archer – 153.62