World cricket has seen legendary bowlers.While few rose to acclaim for their sheer wicket-taking ability and troubling the batsman with swing, other threatened bowlers with their pace.
The West Indies quartet; Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, and Joel Garner, showed the need for better safety for the batsman.Post that era, if there is anyone who threatened world cricket with the pace it is Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar.
The Pakistani fast bowler frequently clocked 150+kmph, and touched the 100.2 mph (161.3 kmph), and set the record for world’s fastest ball bowled.Though other speedsters like Brett Lee, Shaun Tait did break the 160 kmph barrier, no one ever surpassed Shoaib Akhtar’s record setting pace.
But now, a U-19 bloke broke the world record for the world’s fastest ball.Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana often dubbed as Jr.Malinga, bowled at 175 kmph, and broke Shoaib’s record by a huge margin.What was thought impossible, has become possible.
Pathirana achieved this feat during the 4th over of Sri Lanka’s match with India, in the U-19 World Cup opener.