Speed is one of the most crucial weapons of any fast bowler. Just like speed without swing and variations makes for any batsmen easy to hit a bowler for runs comfortably, lack of pace could prove as significant. Thus, bowlers have to get all of it in sync across formats to make life difficult for the batsmen, irrespective of the venue or conditions.
Over the years, mainly in IPL, several bowlers have made a mark through their sheer pace. With IPL providing opportunities to even the rawest cricketers, they gain the confidence to bowl with full speed. As such, the speeds they hit gain plenty of recognition, with even international teams eyeing to have them with them as soon as possible.
We take a look at the top 5 fastest bowlers in IPL 2021 so far:
5. Pat Cummins – 146.71 KMPH:
Kolkata Knight Riders seamer Pat Cummins, their most expensive player, has been a handy cricketer. Though Pat Cummins is yet to produce a piledriver of performance for the Knight Riders, he has done decently and is growing into a reliable, hard-hitting batsman too. The 27-year old’s availability is doubtful for the UAE leg of IPL 2021.
Meanwhile, Pat Cummins’ fastest ball went up to 146.71 kmph in IPL 2021. The right-arm speedster ended up as the highest wicket-taker for the franchise this year, taking nine scalps in seven games at 26.33. But the two-time champions remain at the seventh position in the points table with only two wins out of seven matches.