Indian cricket has predominantly seen evolving bowlers in the form of spinners who have conquered world cricket. Pace bowling and India have remained distant as the subcontinent pitches always attracted spin bowling that motivated the emerging bowlers to turn their hands into turning the ball.
Ace Indian spinners including Anil Kumble, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bishan Bedi, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja have ruled the world with their contemplating abilities. Indian cricket is now heading towards a stagnant change and set to compete against the top pacers-producing nations including England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Bowling consistently over 140 kmph is now turning to be a routine affair for emerging and veteran Indian pacers including Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and now a newly inducted talent from Jammu & Kashmir who is none other than Umran Malik. Malik has edged past a thumping record set by the greatest Indian bowling talents.
Here is the list of fastest delivery bowled by Indian bowlers to date:
1. Umran Malik (155 kmph)
Umran Malik has scripted history in the recently concluded T-20I series against Sri Lanka. The most recent emerging and sensational paceman from Jammu & Kashmir became the fastest Indian bowler who bowled a 155 kmph delivery in the first T-20I against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. His breathtaking delivery broke the shackles of skipper Dasun Shanaka’s defence and dismissed the all-rounder.
Umran Malik has been garnering tremendous success and fame after his extraordinary stint in the Indian Premier League. Malik has been a scalable performer for Sunrisers Hyderabad who has retained him for the upcoming edition of IPL 2023. Malik truly has a long time to go and will likely flourish as India’s finest pacer.
2. Javagal Srinath (154.5 KMPH)
Javagal Srinath has been India’s oldest enormous paceman. He has competed with top pacers across the globe when pace bowling wasn’t India’s affair. Srinath was a prolific and cunning paceman who had always destroyed the opposition’s defence. Srinath had truly set an epitome in Indian cricket through his extraordinary career.
Javagal Srinath bowled a lethal 154.5 kmph delivery and held the record of the fastest delivery by an Indian pacer for a very long period until Malik broke it recently. Javagal Srinath had reached his threshold in Indian cricket and retired with a fascinating number of 315 wickets in a total of 229 matches.
3. Ishant Sharma (152.6 KMPH)
Ishant Sharma is one of India’s frontline pacemen who has a stellar record across all formats. Sharma has been a consistent bowler who has remained bankable in his economy and scalped crucial wickets all along his career. His vital stint against England in the Champions Trophy 2013 final is still acclaimed as one of the most scintillating spells in the history of Indian cricket.
Ishant Sharma has also been a speedster in his career, especially with the white ball. He scaled a sizzling record by bowling a 152.6 kmph against Australia at the Commonwealth Bank Series triangular series in 2008. His ruthless delivery broke the shackles of wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist and plunged the stumps. Sharma is now a seasoned veteran and has been a part of India’s red-ball test team.
4. Varun Aaron (152.5 KMPH)
Varun Aaron is India’s most infamous raw paceman who has been amazing with his line and reliable with his economy. Aaron has been a highly productive domestic paceman and has a short stint for India in international cricket. His brief stint in the blue jersey had helped him garner some overwhelming appreciation from the critics owing to his excellent and tremendous pace.
After a marvellous show for his IPL franchise in 2014, Aaron was picked for India’s side for the Sri Lankan ODI series. While bowling against the subcontinent giants, Aaron clocked a decisive delivery with 152.5 kmph that was smoothly defended but caused uneasiness for the batsman. Aaron kept on bowling and troubling the batsmen in international cricket as and when he was provided with an opportunity. He is currently a part of the Gujarat Titans franchise and also helped the team to claim the title in their debut 2022 season.
5. Umesh Yadav (152.2 KMPH)
Umesh Yadav is also a terrific Indian paceman who has a highly successful career for the Indian team. Yadav has been storming in the Indian squad at regular intervals across various intervals. He has been a senior member of the Indian team and has played pivotal roles in integral fixtures including the Champions Trophy 2013. Yadav is also an incumbent member of India’s test team.
Umesh Yadav is a commendable bowler who bowls over 140 kmph consistently. While bowling against Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Bank Series 2014, Yadav alarmed the opposition batsmen as he recorded his fastest delivery of 152.2 kmph. Apart from donning and rocking in the blue jersey, Yadav has also been a thunderous pacer for Kolkata Knight Riders and helped the franchise seize a couple of titles.
Rise of Fast Indian bowlers
With emerging talents from the grassroots of Indian cricket, it seeks that the future of Indian cricket is in safe hands. Pace bowling has always been an inseparable part of cricket and with players like Umran Malik developing and given some riveting opportunities, it is likely that India will now shoulder the top pacer-manufacturing countries.
Apart from Umran Malik, a number of other prominent pacemen have been evolving in Indian cricket. Uttar Pradesh’s Kamlesh Kumar who has been striking in Ranji Trophy, Chennai Super Kings pacer Mukesh Chowdhary, Lucknow Super Giants Mohsin Khan, Rajasthan Royals Kuldeep Sen, Simarjeeth Singh, Arzan Nagwasalla and capped Avesh Khan are some thriving talents who can bowl with deliberate pace throughout their career.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are currently the frontrunners of the Indian bowling attack who have set a benchmark and been a consistent part of the Indian team across all formats. The BCCI shall truly groom the budding pacemen under these two and write a bright future for the future of Indian cricket.