Mitchell Starc enters the express club
On Sunday, Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc wrote history in cricket; he became the first left-arm seamer to bowl more than the 160km/h mark. He became the fifth bowler to officially bowl in excess of the magical 160km/h mark.
Here we look back at the fastest deliveries bowled by the express bowlers.
Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan – 161.3km/h – Vs England in 2003 (Newlands): The first name which pops up in our mind whenever we hear the word express is pace bowler is of Shoaib Akhtar. Controversies regarding his action and commitment to training cannot change the fact the he was the best of the best when it came to bowling those thunderbolts to the batsmen.
Shaun Tait, Australia – 161.1km/h- Vs England in 2010 (Lord’s): Shaun Tait was known for his slinging action and raw pace, but his action also left him vulnerable to injuries. His international career was cut short because of the numerous injuries he picked up while playing the game.
Brett Lee, Australia – 161.1km/h –Vs New Zealand in 2005 (Napier): Lee broke the 160km/h record twice in an over against New Zealand one of which was his fastest. He also clocked a delivery at 160km/h during the 2003 World Cup. He was one the most dangerous pace bowlers to play against.
Jeff Thomson, Australia – 160.6km/h: Jeff Thomson was considered to be the fastest and the meanest pace bowler in history. Many believe that Thomson consistently bowled several deliveries which were around 180km/h.
Mitchell Johnson, Australia- 156.8KM/h – Vs England in 2013 (Melbourne Cricket Ground): He is the fastest bowler in the world today; there is no doubt about it. He had a few turbulent times, but he worked hard on his strength and fitness. His swinging left-arm action allows him to generate not only express pace but also bounce and a terrific swing.