Shoaib 100.3 MPH Ball, The World Record. For many athletes breaking a world record means a lot to them and they celebrated it at the very moment when they broke it but not Shoaib Akhtar. He came in bowled the fastest ball and went towards his fielding position. If you think of Shoaib as a simple person by reading the above lines, you are wrong. Shoaib was never ever a simple person, not in cricket especially. He was a super star that came in shined for a few years and then went away from the cricketing skies. Shoaib broke the fastest ball ever bowled in the history of cricket in 2003 world cup in Cape Town. The match was played between England and Pakistan. Shoaib opened the bowling with the new ball and in his second over, which was the inning’s 4th over he achieved this milestone.
It was the last ball of the over and Shoaib bowled it with a staggering pace of 161.3 kmph which if we convert into miles is 100.3 mph. he won the race with Brett Lee and alter ever Shoaib Tait was not able to bowl this much fast. Nick Knight the English opener who faced that ball said that I defended it down the leg side and immediately realized that it was fast. It was not those normal fast balls that the openers used to face. It just came onto me like a flash. It was the scorecard that showed the crowd the speed and then it was a loud applauds for Shoaib Akhtar who started walking towards the deep fine leg to field. It was the 2003 world cup which went disastrous for team Pakistan. They went out of the competition in the earlier stages and performed absolutely poorly. There were only two things which are mentionable from Pakistan in that cup.
The first was Wasim Akram crossing 500 ODI wickets mark and the second was Shoaib crossing the 100 mph barrier with a cricket ball. Shoaib against England bowed the fastest ball in the history of modern day cricket on that day. It was a pool match between Pakistan and England and both were desperately looking for a win. England won the toss and elected to bat first in Cape Town, South Africa. Shoaib opened his arms with the new ball and in his second over he bowled the last of a speed of 161.3 mph. Shoaib was a class act. His career was full of bowling with pace, Yorkers, bouncers and controversies. His fitness issues limited his career and this man didn’t even listen to his doctors as well. He was asked to shorten his run up which he never did and put his career on the line.