Shoaib Akhtar was regarded as the fastest bowler ever in the history of
cricket and bowled the then fastest delivery officially recorded at a
speed of 161kph. Akhtar has a number of fast bowling records. He has
bowled at speeds of 161.3kph, 160kph, 159kph and 158.4kph. The fastest
three were against New Zealand in 2002 and the other three were against
Sri Lanka in the same year.
He was the first bowler in the history of
cricket to have been recorded to bowl over 100 mph.