‘Beast’ Anrich Nortje eyes Shoaib Akhtar’s record 161.3kph after delivering fastest ever IPL ball

On Thursday, Anrich Nortje clocked 156kph, the fastest ball in IPL history. Now, the South Africa and Delhi Capitals fast bowler is aiming to break the speed barrier for the fastest recorded delivery in all of cricket. That record is currently held by former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who recorded 161.3kph on the speed gun during the 2003 World Cup fixture against England.

“Hopefully it’s something I’ve got in me and it’s definitely something I’ve wanted to do,” Nortje told his Capitals team-mate R Ashwin on the latter’s YouTube channel this week. “Maybe a good wicket, some adrenaline, the right combination and I can do it this IPL or maybe in the future.”

Nortje’s fastest ball was delivered on Wednesday in his first over against Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler. The Royals batsman had already moved to his right to play a pre-meditated scoop, which zipped away for four past…

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