Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Umran Malik is the fastest Indian bowler in world cricket.

While playing for his Hyderabad franchise in the Indian T20 League, Umran Malik clocked a 157kph delivery against Delhi at the Brabourne Stadium on May 5, 2022.

Malik has already hogged the limelight after recording speeds of 153.3kph,153.1kph, 153kph, 152.9kph, 152.6kph, 152.4kph, 152.3kph and 152kph during the 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League.

Malik has now recorded the fifth-fastest ball (154kph) in the Indian T20 League, overtaking New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson who clocked 153.9kph. The list is spearheaded by former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait who had recorded a 157.71kph delivery in 2011.

Former all-rounder Irfan Pathan features second on the list of fastest Indian bowlers. The left-arm pacer recorded a 153.7 delivery against Pakistan during the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007.

Mohammed Shami has bowled the third-fastest delivery among India's fast bowlers in world cricket. The right-arm fast bowler delivered a 153.3 kph during the third Test against Australia in Melbourne in 2014. Shami was the standout bowler in the series as he picked 15 wickets in three Tests at an average of 35.80.

Speedster Jasprit Bumrah is fourth on the list of fastest Indian bowlers. Bumrah clocked a 153.26kph delivery during the first Test against Australia in Adelaide in 2018. Bumrah was the wrecker-in-chief for the Indian cricket team in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he bagged 21 wickets in four matches at an impressive average of 17.

Navdeep Saini completes the top five list of fastest Indian bowlers in world cricket. Saini recorded a 152.85kph delivery during the 2019 edition of the Indian T20 League. 

Interestingly, unofficial reports claim Javagal Srinath breached the 157kph-mark during India’s tour of South Africa in 1996. However, the delivery hasn’t made it to the official list as the speed gun levels haven’t always been accurate.

The likes of Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav have also breached the 152kph-mark in international cricket.

Fastest Indian bowlers

Bowler Fastest delivery  Against Year
Umran Malik 157kph Delhi 2022
Umran Malik 156kph Delhi 2022
Umran Malik  154kph Chennai 2022
Irfan Pathan 153.7kph Pakistan  2007
Mohammed Shami 153.3kph Australia 2014
Jasprit Bumrah 153.26kph Australia 2018
Navdeep Saini 152.85kph Mumbai 2019
Ishant Sharma 152.6kph Australia 2008
Umesh Yadav 152.5kph Sri Lanka  2012
Varun Aaron 152.5kph Sri Lanka  2014

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