Like it or not, the T20 format is not meant for the Rajat Bhatia‘s and Kieron Pollard‘s of the world, rather for the Dale Steyn‘s and Umesh Yadav‘s. In a format which is often unforgiving on loose deliveries or wayward lengths, pace does make its presence felt. The fast bowlers are entrusted with the responsibility of getting the initial break through, making use of the movement with the new ball. The pacers have been widely successful in having the answers to each of the audacious manipulations that the batsmen have attempted, often extravagant often cheeky. Let’s take a look at SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history.
10. Parvinder Awana
The major find of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, this Kings XI Punjab pacer has impressed one and all with his sizzling pace and wicket taking ability. With a ball clocking 151.05 kmph, Awana takes the 10th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history.
9. Umesh Yadav
One of the genuine fast bowling talents in this country, Umesh Yadav promises to be one of India’s major pace bowling assets in the future. The fastest ball the KKR pace fired in? An amazing 151.09 kmph to earn the 9th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history.
8. Dale Steyn
The most destructive, yet the most consistent bowler in the modern day game, South African speedster Dale Steyn takes the 8th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history with a delivery clocking 151.41 kmph. Woah! That’s some pace we’re talking!
7. Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav is at it again! The former Daredevils fast bowler clocked an astonishing 151.56 kmph to claim the 7th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history. Nice to see an Indian pacer running in, and bowling his heart out.
6. Shaun Tait
One of the fastest bowlers in the history of cricket, former Rajasthan Royals pacer Shaun Tait produced a delivery clocking 151.76 kmph to make his first appearance in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history.
5. Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga may well be known for his consistent death bowling, and his frequent use of the toe-crushers, but any delivery around 152.10 kmph will cause problems to the best of batsmen. The Mumbai Indians pace bowling spearhead takes the 5th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history.
4. Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn makes his second appearance in our countdown with a delivery clocking a sizzling 152.24 kmph. Now that’s raw pace we’re talking. Steyn’s pace and form could well make the difference between the Sunrisers earning a playoff spot or packing their bags early. Next up? Gautam Gambhir‘s KKR.
3. Dale Steyn
Steyn goes one step ahead with a delivery reaching the batsman at 152.44 kmph. The South African’s raw pace makes him an invaluable asset for the Hyderabad franchise. Steyn takes the 3rd spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history.
2. Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait may well have had an injury-curtailed career, but there’s no doubting the fact that he could run up and just bowl fast. A combination of sheer pace and well, some more pace, earns Tait the 2nd spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history. Here, we’re talking 152.72 kmph.
1. Dale Steyn
Who else but Dale Steyn to round off our countdown? No prizes for guessing this one though. Wonder if the order would have titled slightly had the likes of Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee bowled in the IPL at the peak of their powers? Either way, Steyn deservedly takes the No.1 spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 Fastest balls in IPL history with a delivery clocking 154.40 kmph.