Guwahati: A fast bowler who can crank up some real good pace can be a nightmare for the batsman at any stage of the game. This is the very reason why IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders shelled out a record-breaking Rs 15.5 crore for Pat Cummins earlier this year, and very rightly so were the Royal Challengers Bangalore upset when Mitchell Starc pulled out of the auction.
With the game getting highly batsman oriented, the steaming fast bowlers have become a rare commodity. But even today amidst all the sixers and boundaries, a spearing Yorker rattling the stumps or a rocketing bouncer zooming past the batsman, is a sight to watch.
As the Indian Premier League is all set to start from Saturday, we bring you the top five quickest deliveries ever bowled in the history of the IPL. Lucky enough, all the bowlers in the list are part of this year’s IPL too, making it all the more exciting.
5. Kagiso Rabada – 153.50 kmph
The South African speedstar had a breakthrough IPL season last year, where he picked up 25 wickets in 12 games, playing for Delhi Capitals. He averaged a superb 14.72, with a brilliant strike rate of 11.28 and an impressive economy of 7.82 last season.
Rabada hurled down plenty of deliveries which clocked the 150 Kph barrier last season, one of which was recorded at 153.50 Kph, making it the fifth fastest delivery in the history of IPL. It was the third fasted last season. Rabada will continue to play for the Delhi Capitals this season.
4. Pat Cummins – 153.56 kmph
Talking about fast bowlers and not having an Aussie in it is not possible. The Australian fast bolwer, Pat Cummins, in 2017 sent down a delivery which recorded 153.56 Kph on the speedgun. Cummins was playing for the then Delhi Daredevils, now Delhi Capitals, when bowled the fourth quickest delivery in the history of IPL.
Playing for Delhi, the Australian pacer picked up 15 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 24 and an economy of 8.07. The 27-year-old Cummins who sits at the top of ICC Test bowlers ranking will be leading the Kolkata Knight Riders pace attack this season, after he was roped in for a whopping 15.5 crores at the auctions earlier this year, making him costliest overseas player in the history of IPL.
3. Kagiso Rabada – 153.91 kmph
It’s the South African pacer once again making it to the list of the quickest deliveries. The youngster from Johannesburg who sits sixth in ICC Test bowlers ranking and fifth in ODI ranking casted out a rocket at a speed of 153.91 kph last season, which is the third-fastest delivery in the IPL.
2. Kagiso Rabada – 154.23 kmph
It’s Rabada again, storming the list of fastest deliveries. The South African pacer bowled the top four fastest balls in the 2019 season. The fastest of them was at a speed of 154.23 Kph, which is the second fastest delivery in the history of IPL.
1. Dale Steyn – 154.40 kmph
No surprises here, as Dale Steyn, arguably one of the best fast bowlers of his generation sits at the top of the list. With his intimidating run-up and a clean hard-pressing action, Steyn has bowled quick with consistency over the years. At his best, or rather at his half-best, the Steyn gun as they call is a nightmare for any batsman.
Playing for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Steyn, in the IPL 2012, bowled a searing delivery at a speed of 154.40 Kph, which is still the quickest ball in the IPL history. Steyn bowled three of the top four quickest deliveries that season.
Dale Steyn will be a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore this season, and even in the twilight of his career, it would be a treat to watch the South African great in action.
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