Ever since Anrich Nortje’s heroics against Rajasthan Royals, his one ball has been the center of all the attraction as a lot of people are claiming it to be the fastest ball in IPL history. However, you’ll be surprised to know that the fact isn’t completely true. Anrich Nortje’s 156.2 kmph delivery against Rajasthan Royals is not the fastest ball bowled in the IPL history.
Anrich Nortje was spitting fire as he took to the ground in the second innings against Rajasthan Royals in match 30 of IPL 2020. Batting first, Delhi Capitals had put in a below-par score of 161 for the loss of 7 wickets in their 20 overs. It was time for the DC bowlers to defend a low score and they did that almost perfectly. Anrich Nortje stole the show with his fast-bowling antics.
Anrich Nortje Didn’t Bowl The Fastest Ball In IPL History
First up, Nortje cleaned up Jos Buttler with an absolute beauty of a delivery as he touched 155.1 kmph on the speedometer. However, prior to this very ball, Nortje had racked up 156.2 kmph on the speedometer as Jos Buttler smashed him for a brilliant four. Nortje was right on the money as he took the revenge in the very next ball.
Ever since Nortje’s delivery, there has been a rumour that has been making the rounds claiming that Nortje’s 156.2 kmph delivery is the fastest ball in the history of the IPL. However, this doesn’t hold any truth as the actual record of bowling the fastest ever ball in IPL history belongs to the former Australian and Rajasthan Royals‘ pacer, Shaun Tait.
Shain Tait bolwed the fastest ball in the IPL history in IPL 2011 in a match against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) to Aaron Finch, wherein, he touched 157.7 kmph on the speed chart to Aaron Finch. Anrich Nortje’s delivery is the fastest ball in the IPL since IPL 2012. However, Shaun Tait leads the race in the all-time records.