Pakistan and fast bowlers are a very lethal combination. Over the years, we have seen players like Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Amir bowl at top speeds and trouble the batsman. Mohammad Sami was also one of the bowlers who had the potential to bowl over 150-155 Km/hr regularly. He has now claimed that he had bowled two balls over 160 Km/hr but it wasn’t recorded.
Bowling above 150 Km/hr is a dream for some bowlers and there are some bowlers that are bowling at that speed consistently. Sami and Akhtar were one of the most feared duos when facing Pakistan and they used to wreck havoc on the pitch and would go to any extent to trouble the batsman.
Mohammad Sami has recently claimed that his top speed had crossed 160 twice but due to a defect in the speed gun, it didn’t get recorded. Speaking to Paktv.tv, Sami said, “I bowled two balls more than 160kmph in a match, one was 162 and the other was 164. After that, it was said that the bowling machine (speed gun) is not working. So, the balls were not counted.”
“But if you look overall, whoever has bowled with a speed of more than 160, there have been just one or two balls in that speed. It is not like they have bowled with that speed consistently. It happened occasionally, he further added.
The fastest ball bowled by Mohammad Sami was recorded at 156.4 KM/hr and this was the speed he used to bowl consistently on. The fastest ball ever to be recorded was by his countryman Shoaib Akhtar when he clicked 161.3 kph against New Zealand in 2002. Australian fast bowlers Shaun Tait and Brett Lee have also registered deliveries over 160 KM/hr.
Mohammad Shami’s career in numbers
Sami had a decent international career with Pakistan. Sami represented his country in 36 Tests, 87 ODIs, and 13 T20Is, and the fastest ball recorded under his name is at a speed of 156.4 kph, which he struck while playing in Sharjah against Zimbabwe in the year 2003.
He began his Test career with a bang, collecting 8 wickets in his maiden Test against New Zealand in Auckland in 2000-2001. Two years after his maiden Test, he bagged a hat-trick against Sri Lanka at the Asian Test Championship final.