Shoaib Akhtar, the fastest bowler in history of ODI cricket

Shoaib Akhtar, the fastest bowler in history of ODI cricket

Shoaib Akhtar, also known as the “Rawalpindi Express” was a Pakistani cricketer who was widely regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in the history of the game. He made his debut for the Pakistan national team in 1997 and went on to play for his country for more than a decade, establishing himself as a key member of the team’s attack. Akhtar’s career was not without controversy, but he was also known for his passion and commitment to the game, and he left a lasting impact on the world of cricket.

Shoaib Akhtar holds a number of records in One Day International (ODI) cricket. Let’s check on few of his amazing achievements in One Day Internationals (ODI) cricket.

Fastest delivery in ODI cricket:

Akhtar set the record for the fastest delivery in ODI cricket when he bowled a 161.3 km/h delivery against England in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

BowlerFastest DeliveryCountryAgainstYear
Shoaib Akhtar161.3 km/hr (100.2 mph)PakistanEngland2003
Shaun Tait161.1 km/hr (100.1 mph)AustraliaEngland2010
Brett Lee161.1 km/hr (100.1 mph)AustraliaNew Zealand2005
Jeffrey Thomson160.6 km/hr (99.8 mph)AustraliaWest Indies1975
Mitchell Starc160.4 km/hr (99.7 mph)AustraliaNew Zealand2015

Most wickets in a calendar year:

Akhtar took most wickets (55) in a calendar year for Pakistan in year 2002.

Most wickets in a single ODI series:

Akhtar took most wickets (15) in a single ODI series in 2002.

Most wickets in a single ODI:

Akhtar took most wickets (5) in a single ODI for Pakistan against Australia in 2002.

First bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets in just 50 matches

First bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets in just 50 matches:

Akhtar achieved this milestone in 2001, becoming the first bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets in just 50 matches.

Best figures in an innings:

Akhtar’s best figures in an ODI innings are 6/11, which he took against New Zealand in 2002.

Most maiden overs in a career:

Akhtar bowled 70 maiden overs in his ODI career, which is the most by any Pakistani bowler.

Most wickets in a single World Cup

Most wickets in a single World Cup:

In the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Akhtar took an impressive total of 16 wickets, which is the most wickets taken by a bowler in a single World Cup for Pakistan.

Most wickets in a single match:

In an One Day International match against Zimbabwe in 2004, Akhtar took a total of 6 wickets, which is the most wickets taken by a bowler in a single match for Pakistan.

Most wickets in a single over:

Akhtar holds the record for taking the most wickets in a single over in One Day Internationals for Pakistan. He achieved this feat in an One Day International match against West Indies in 2003, taking three wickets in a single over.

most wickets in a single over in One Day Internationals for Pakistan

In conclusion, Shoaib Akhtar was a remarkable cricketer who left a lasting impact on the game. His speed and swing made him one of the most feared bowlers in the world, and he achieved a number of unique records in One Day Internationals. While he had his fair share of controversies and injuries, Akhtar’s passion and commitment to the game will always be remembered. He retired from international cricket in 2011, but his legacy as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time will live on forever.

FAQs

Who delivered fastest delivery in cricket?

Shoaib Akhtar set the record for the fastest delivery in ODI cricket when he bowled a 161.3 km/h delivery against England in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

What is the fastest delivery ever?

161.3 km/hr (100.2 mph). This ball was delivered by Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar

Who is the current fastest bowler in the world?

Though Shoaib Akhtar set the record for the fastest delivery in ODI cricket, in the currently playing cricketers, Mitchell Starc holds this record with 160.4 Km/hr

Refer to Best Cricket Records Website ESPNCrickInfo for more such interesting information.

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