Former England Captain Mike Atherton is not amused by Delhi Capitals’ Anrich Nortje who bowled the fastest bowl in the history of IPL with a record speed of 156.2 kmph in a match played against Rajasthan Royals on October 14.

The African bowler brought the storm on the internet and social media but failed to impress Atherton.

No one has surpassed Shoaib Akhtar!!

Anrich Nortje made the headlines in a match against Rajasthan Royals by bowling the fastest bowl in the history of IPL.

His deadliest spell of consecutive 150+ mph bowling includes the record speed of 156.22 kmph which is highest by any Bowler. Still, he failed to amaze former England captain and opening batsman Mike Atherton. 

Atherton wrote in his column of Times Of India, he was surprised to know that no bowler in IPL or any other T20 league has set the new record for bowling the fastest delivery.


Pakistan’s Pacer Shoaib Akhtar still holds the record of the fastest bowl which he made in the 2003 cricket World Cup.

Atherton added to his column that creating trends in IPL is easy and the amusing reaction on Nortje delivery was guaranteed but if someone would ask his reaction, he would be but muted on this.

What more had surprised Atherton is that despite a quicky four-over spell that included short and quick bowling, a bowler wasn’t able to set a new record. 

Nortje also holds the record of second and third quick deliveries in a single season of IPL. Atherton mentioned the research of Glenn Fleisig based on the subject of baseball pitcher’s injuries. According to that study, speed of hands based on muscle movement is limited.

He found that in baseball same happened, the pitchers bowled near to the top speed but can’t able to match the top one.

This shows this generation may have more-quicker and fast-moving hands at present but their speed can be appreciated at an individual level not at the world level because they can’t match the record set by the past generation.

Collectively, he didn’t seem that excited as others. We should remember Mitchel Stark, who bowled a delivery of speed near to 161 kmph.


Well, I somewhere find the research correct but everybody has their own views on this. Nortje will take Atherton’s point positively and will try to amuse the former captain in the future. Share your opinions with us on this.

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