Trinitian Matheesha – World’s fastest bowler?

Sri Lankan young sensation Matheesha Pathirana, on Sunday, bowled a delivery which was recorded at 175kph – clearly, the fastest ball bowled in recorded history by many a mile.

In Bloemfontein on Sunday, in what turned out to be a disappointing game for Sri Lanka Under-19 cricket team as they went down to India by 90 runs in their World Cup opener, one particular moment might have brought home a world record for the Islanders. In the 4th over of the Indian innings, fast bowler Pathirana bowled a wide delivery to Yashasvi Jaiswal, which was recorded at 175kph (108mph), making it the fastest recorded ball ever bowled in international cricket – across all levels.

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Even though the umpire signalled a wide, the speed-gun recorded the astronomical pace of the delivery as it zoomed past Jaiswal and into the wicketkeeper’s gloves. Before this, the fastest ever recorded delivery in international cricket was bowled by former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar when he let one rip at 161.3kph (100mph) in an ODI vs England during the World Cup 2003.

Other bowlers who bowled over the 160kph mark were: 161.1kph: Shaun Tait, ODI v England in 2010 at Lord’s, 161.1kph: Brett Lee, ODI v NZ in 2005 at Napier.

Though fears of a technical error haunting the speed-gun started surfacing, there has been no official denial or correction from the ICC regarding the same. This means that the 17-year-old Pathirana can for now lay claim to the world record.

However, this is not the first time that Pathirana has grabbed headlines owing to his bowling. The lanky pacer’s action which seems to be modelled on that of the great Lasith Malinga took 6 wickets for just 7 runs in a college game in September 2019. Playing for Trinity College, Kandy, Pathirana could be seen bowling deadly yorkers to fox the batsmen.

News courtesy: Daily News

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