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Did David Wiese bowl fastest ball in the history of cricket?

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Nov 22, 2016, 2:40 pm IST
Updated Nov 22, 2016, 2:58 pm IST
Despite David Miller’s heroics, it was David Wiese, who grabbed all the headlines in CSA T20 Challenge match.
The last ball of the fourth over of the Knights’ innings (bowled by Wiese), which was smashed to the boundary by Miller, was clocked at 173.8 kmph. (Photo: BCCI)
 The last ball of the fourth over of the Knights’ innings (bowled by Wiese), which was smashed to the boundary by Miller, was clocked at 173.8 kmph. (Photo: BCCI)

Mumbai: David Miller may have scored a brilliant 61-ball 120 for the Knights against the Titans, but it was David Wiese, who stole the show in the South Africa T20 Challenge.

Wiese put in a decent performance, as he took two wickets at a relatively low economy rate of 6.75 runs per over, and scored a quick-fire 34 off 15 balls, to help his side win the match. However, it was one particular ball that grabbed all the headlines for the 31-year-old medium-pacer.

 

The last ball of the fourth over of the Knights’ innings (bowled by Wiese), which was smashed to the boundary by Miller, was clocked at 173.8 kmph.

Under normal circumstances, this would have been the fastest delivery ever recorded in the history of cricket. This however, was not a normal circumstance.

According to reports, a technical glitch with the speed gun was the reason why Wiese’s delivery clocked at 173.8 kmph.

The fastest ball correctly measured in cricket was bowled by Shoaib Akhtar. The ex-Pakistan paceman clocked-in at 161.3 kmph.

 

Wiese, who normally bowls around the 130kmph-mark, himself joked about the incident on Twitter.

david wiese fastest ball

This is not the first time that a speed gun glitch wrongly recorded the speed of a bowler’s delivery. Earlier this year, South Africa paceman Morne Morkel’s ball was recorded to be a little faster than Wiese’s due to a technical glitch – 173.9 kmph.

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