Delhi Capitals pacer Anrich Nortje created history in India Premier League (IPL) after delivering the fastest bowl of the tournament at the speed of 156.22 Km/h against the Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing 13th edition of the league.
Anrich Nortje, however, is now hungry to break Shoaib Akhtar’s over a decade old record. The former Pakistani fast bowler, currently, holds the fastest delivery record of 161.3 km/h against England during the 2003 World Cup.
Talking to his DC teammate Ravichandra Ashwin, Nortje revealed that he wishes to break Akhtar’s record. He also said that he would be aiming to do this year or in future tournaments.
“Hopefully it’s something I’ve got in me and it’s definitely something I’ve wanted to do,” Nortje told his IPL teammate R Ashwin on the latter’s YouTube channel.
“Maybe a good wicket, some adrenaline, the right combination and I can do it this IPL or maybe in the future,” he added.
It’s on the day: Anrich Nortje
When asked if he had planned before the match to deliver the fastest bowl, Anrich Nortje expressed that he didn’t know that today would be going to the day. He also revealed that he didn’t know about the record until the match was over. Nortje stated that if he had known the record during the match, he might have pushed himself to clock at more speed.
“I don’t know. It’s on the day,” Anrich Nortje said when Ashwin asked about the record
“I didn’t know about the 156kph until after the game. Obviously, there was nothing on the scoreboard. It would’ve been a bit of a help to get the blood flowing. But, I’ve got no idea,” said Nortje.
Anrich Nortje had produced the fastest spell in his first over against Rajasthan Royals. Although Ben Stokes had taken on him to smack two boundaries back to back in his two bowls, he picked up the allrounder’s wicket in the last delivery.