Cricket is arguably one of the finest sports which epitomizes teamwork in the true sense of the term. Adding muscle and teeth to the sporting delight are the bowlers who carry the key to start the game. It goes without saying the sheer battle of bat and bowl has produced one of the finest craftsmen around the world.
Taking a cue from craftsmanship, spinners in the cricketing arena add the iota of twist and turn on the 22 yards. Mastering the art of baffling batting biggies with sheer prowess, the world has witnessed some of the best prodigies. The likes of Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Saqlain Mushtaq and Muttiah Muralitharan have given nightmares to batsmen on a regular basis.
Sometimes, the spin kings bluff the classy batsmen on the other end with magical spin and few times with the mixture of speed and spin. On that note, this article attempts to throw light on incidents wherein tweakers scalped critical breakthroughs with added pace. Notably, the rare incidents mentioned below are covered across all formats and leagues.
Here are the 5 fastest deliveries bowled by spinners
5. Shadab Khan to Joe Root (111 KMPH)
The Pakistan budding talent Shadab Khan has got the right potential to shape the Pakistani bowling department in the upcoming years. The power-house of energy is known for playing out of his skin. Moreover, he pours out every ounce of sweat and blood on the field only to ensure the team finishes on the winning note. Moreover, he was also part of the World Cup contingent for the Pakistan team last year in England.
Making a statement with his spinning craft in the 2019 World Cup, Shadab accumulated 9 wickets under his swanky belt. Out of the 9, one which caught everyone’s attention was the wicket of Joe Root. The battling brilliance was on cloud nine on that day. Eventually, he smashed a scintillating century against the lethal place attack of the Men-in-green.
However, Root was caught out by Hafeez comfortably at the point after scoring 107 runs. Shadab stamped his authority as he unleashed a ripper at a lethal speed of 111 KMPH. Subsequently, after trapping the big fish, Pakistan turned the tables and won the match by 14 runs at the end.
4. Krunal Pandya to Marcus Stoinis (112.5 KMPH)
The Baroda-heavyweight Krunal Pandya leaves no stones unturned from the time he steps on the cricketing turf. Whether with the bat or the ball, the lanky superstar can tilt the match in Mumbai Indian’s favour single-handedly. A prolific match-winner has enough prowess under his belt to prove his presence in the MI squad.
In the first qualifier against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020, Krunal Pandya amazed the power-hitter Marcus Stoinis with a fiery bouncer. In the last ball of the 12th over, Krunal bowled a tricky delivery much to the surprise of fans and experts off the field. Interestingly, the ball was armed at a pace of 112.5 KMPH. In response, Marcus smartly pulled the ball for a solitary run.
The southpaw has contributed immensely to his team in all the departments. From spectacular catches to plucking important wickets along with smashing quick-fire cameos, Krunal has raised his hand every time with elegance and poise.
3. Piyush Chawla to Shane Watson (117 KMPH)
The Uttar Pradesh-born Piyush Chawla spear-headed the spinning department with sheer comfort for India back in the days. Known for his flighted deliveries, Piyush has the capacity to render instant relief to the team with wickets at the right time. Choking the opposition batsmen to the core, the 31-year-old has plucked 32 wickets in ODI for team India.
Moreover, the ace spinner also features in the list of fastest deliveries bowled by a spinner in the history of the game. In the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals, the pocket-size-dynamite representing Kings XI Punjab displayed the propensity of his sheer class. As it turned out, he completely stunned the power-hitter Shane Watson with the excessive pace. Quite surprisingly, the ball read 117 KMPH making the former Aussie star uncomfortable to an extent that he lost his priceless wicket.
In IPL 2020, Piyush plied his trade for the Chennai Super Kings in the UAE. However, he couldn’t stamp his authority under the torrid surface. Eventually, it will be exciting to watch out the spinner at the cricketing field making a strong comeback.
2. Anil Kumble to Marcus Trescothick (118 KMPH)
The premier Indian bowler Anil Kumble has been a driving force for the Indian cricket team throughout his illustrious career. The Karnataka-based cricketer snatched matches for the Men-in-blue from the jaws of defeat. Boasting numerous laurels for his excellence on the 22-yards, the spinner added another feather in his glamourous cap against England on an away series.
To everyone’s surprise, the Indian bowling legend scripted heroics against England ace Marcus Trescothick at the latter’s backyard. Raising myriad of eyebrows, Kumble dismissed the premier southpaw in an ODI match in the first ball of the 8th over. Moreover, the unplayable delivery turned out to be an accurate yorker which hit the stumps very hard. Notably, the spin-king delivered his all-time fastest delivery at 118 KMPH breaking various milestones with his cricketing wits.
Recently, Anil Kumble wrapped his duty as the head coach for Kings XI Punjab in the UAE. His team could not make into the playoffs despite showing signs of brilliance at times.
1. Shahid Afridi to Tim Southee (134 KMPH)
The cricketing wizard Shahid Afridi is hailed as the best in the business all across the world. The house-hold name in Pakistan saw his dream come true when he donned the national jersey against Kenya in 1996. After which there was no looking back for the talisman who notched milestones after milestones. After some time, he also led the men-in-green from the front.
Out of innumerable records, the veteran right-hander bagged the golden memoir of the fastest delivery to bowl by a spinner in the history of the game. The dashing dynamo finds his name in this lucrative list after unleashing a blinder against Tim Southee during one of the T20I games in New Zealand.
The tailender was completely flummoxed as the ball climbed awkwardly only to edge past the bails of the wicket. The incident happened in the 14th over as the hosts crumbled down while hunting a massive target posed by the Pakistani team. Surprisingly, the ball clocked 134 KMPH speaking volumes of the brute power’s potential.
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