Top 10 Fastest Balls Bowled in IPL History – Fastest deliveries in IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed some of the fastest bowlers in cricketing history over its 15 seasons. With bowlers consistently bowling over 145 kmph and often crossing the 150 kmph mark, IPL has produced many thrilling moments for fans.

In this blog post, we will look at the top 10 fastest balls bowled in IPL history and the bowlers who have bowled lightning deliveries to trouble the batsmen.

Top 10 Fastest Balls Bowled in IPL History - Fastest deliveries in IPL

## Top 10 Fastest Balls Bowled in IPL History

Over the years, the IPL has witnessed some of the fastest bowlers in the history of cricket, delivering some of the quickest balls ever bowled in an IPL match. Bowlers like Shaun Tait, Dale Steyn, and Brett Lee led the pace bowling ranks in the initial seasons. Their shoes have been filled by the likes of Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Lockie Ferguson, and Umran Malik more recently.

Let’s take a look at the 10 fastest balls bowled in the 15 seasons of the IPL.

1. Shaun Tait – Fastest Ball in IPL history (157.7 kmph )

In the history of IPL, the fastest ball ever bowled was delivered by Australian speedster Shaun Tait during IPL 2011 while playing for Rajasthan Royals.

Facing Tait’s lightning pace was Australian batsman Aaron Finch, who had to contend with a 157.7 kmph thunderbolt. This delivery stands as the fastest ball in the history of the IPL, a record that has endured for more than a decade.

Tait consistently terrified batsmen with his pace, consistently topping speeds over 150 kmph. However, after this record-setting fastest ball, he never crossed the 155 kmph mark again in the IPL.

2. Lockie Ferguson – 157.3 kmph

New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson recorded the second fastest delivery in IPL history, clocking 157.3 kmph in the 2022 IPL final. Playing for Gujarat Titans against Rajasthan Royals, Ferguson’s bullet throw was timed by broadcasters at 157.3 kmph against English batsman Jos Buttler.

Ferguson’s exceptional pace ranks him among the top 10 quickest balls ever bowled in the IPL, and his record for the fastest delivery in IPL 2022 underlines his credentials as an extreme pace merchant, solidifying his position among the fastest bowlers currently playing cricket.

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3. Umran Malik – 157 kmph 

India’s latest pace sensation Umran Malik delivered one of the fastest deliveries in IPL history, ranking as the third-fastest ball when he clocked 157 kmph in the 2022 season.

Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Malik consistently crossed the 150 kmph mark, regularly terrifying batsmen. His fastest ball was against Rovman Powell of Delhi Capitals, timed at 157 kmph by the speed gun.

Umran Malik has emerged as one of the top and most exciting pace talents in India, showcasing his prowess with the ball, particularly in IPL 2022, which earned him an international debut later that year.

4. Anrich Nortje – 156.2 kmph

South African speedster Anrich Nortje features twice in the top 5 fastest deliveries in IPL history. He delivered the fourth-fastest ball in IPL history, a 156.22 kmph screamer in IPL 2020 against Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler while playing for Delhi Capitals. Nortje has consistently bowled over 150 kmph for Delhi Capitals over the last 3 seasons, showcasing his ability to deliver exceptional pace in the IPL. His combination of accuracy and raw pace consistently troubles batsmen, making him a potent force in the IPL delivery spectrum.

5. Umran Malik – 156 kmph 

Young Indian pacer Umran Malik makes the top 5 twice, with his 156 kmph delivery against Delhi Capitals in the 2022 IPL being the 5th fastest in IPL history.

Malik, representing Sunrisers Hyderabad, has regularly hit speeds above 155 kmph over the last two IPL seasons, establishing himself as one of the fastest Indian bowlers. His intimidating pace makes him a challenging opponent, and batters often struggle to react in time against his express deliveries.

6. Anrich Nortje – 155.1 kmph

The South African speedster ranks in the top fastest deliveries in IPL history for the third time with his 155.1 kmph ball against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020.

Nortje has been clocked regularly above 150 kmph over the last 3 IPL seasons establishing his credentials as one of the fastest in the world currently.

7. Umran Malik – 154.8 kmph 

India’s pacer **Umran Malik ranks in the top 10 fastest deliveries for the third time** with his 154.8 kmph bullet against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022.

His consistent 150+ kmph balls have made him the talk of the nation with experts and fans excited by his blistering pace. The future certainly looks bright for this Jammu and Kashmir speedster.

8. Dale Steyn – 154.4 kmph

Legendary pacer **Dale Steyn delivered a 154.4 kmph ball in IPL 2012** playing for Deccan Chargers against Royal Challengers Bangalore making him feature on this elite list.

The South African great is considered one of the best fast bowlers of his generation known for raw pace combined with tremendous skill and accuracy. Steyn has 97 wickets from 95 IPL matches with his fastest delivery being the eighth quickest in tournament history.

9. Kagiso Rabada – 154.2 kmph

South African fast bowler **Kagiso Rabada has been one of the top wicket-takers in IPL history** with 135 wickets from just 115 matches. He also ranks among the fastest bowlers in the IPL.

Rabada clocked 154.2 kmph playing for Punjab Kings against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2019. The current Delhi Capitals pace spearhead has consistently hit speeds over 150 kmph in the tournament.

10. Lockie Ferguson – 154.1 kmph 

**Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson features twice in the top 10 list** with his 154.1 kmph delivery against Gujarat Titans in the 2023 IPL being the 10th fastest delivery bowled in tournament history.

Playing for Kolkata Knight Riders this season, Ferguson has consistently bowled over 145 kmph with his fastest ball beating the likes of Umran Malik and Kagiso Rabada’s fastest ball speed.

Special Mentions – IPL 2022

The 2022 IPL season saw Ferguson, Malik and Rabada regularly bowl over 150 kmph delivering some of the fastest balls in tournament history.

Umran Malik with his consistent 155+ kmph deliveries has grabbed eyeballs globally with experts and fans excited by his development.

Ferguson too bowled some unbelievablebullets for Gujarat Titans throughout the season as he helped his team clinch the trophy in their debut season.

Rabada also held his own with extreme pace for Punjab Kings while topping the wicket charts for his team.

IPL 2022 truly established itself as one of the best seasons for extreme fast bowling.

Conclusion

The Indian Premier League has seen some of the fastest bowlers in cricketing history ply their trade in the high-profile tournament. 

Over the last 15 years, speed merchants like Shaun Tait, Dale Steyn Brett Lee, Anrich Nortje, and Umran Malik have terrified batters with their pace and led the fast bowling ranks.

Shaun Tait’s record fastest ball of 157.7 kmph has stood the test of time with the likes of Nortje, Rabada, Ferguson and Malik coming close in recent seasons.

With the rise of Umran Malik and the presence of established stars like Nortje, Rabada and Ferguson, we might just see Tait’s long-standing record being broken soon in upcoming IPL seasons.

Fast bowling will continue to play a crucial role in the glamorous league keeping fans and experts hooked with fascinating contests between the fastest bowlers and the top batsmen in world cricket.

Who bowled the fastest delivery in IPL history?

Shaun Tait bowled the fastest ball in IPL history when he clocked 157.7 kmph in IPL 2011 playing for Rajasthan Royals.

Who bowled the fastest ball in IPL 2022? 

New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson bowled the fastest ball in IPL 2022 clocking 157.3 kmph during the final against Rajasthan Royals.

Who holds the record for bowling the fastest ball by an Indian in IPL?

Young pace sensation Umran Malik delivered the fastest ball by an Indian in IPL when he clocked 157 kmph in IPL 2022 playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.  

How many bowlers have bowled over 155 kmph consistently in IPL history?

The likes of Shaun Tait, Umran Malik, Anrich Nortje and Lockie Ferguson have consistently bowled over 155 kmph in different IPL seasons over the years.

Who delivered the fastest ball in IPL 2020?

South African pacer Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest delivery in IPL 2020 clocking 156.2 kmph against Rajasthan Royals while playing for Delhi Capitals.

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