India fast bowler Umesh Yadav bowled consistently fast on an unresponsive MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch where England batsmen dominated on the first two days of the final Test.
Still, he was taken by surprise on Saturday when asked to the effect whether he had matched or bettered the fastest delivery ever bowled in the game. (HIGHLIGHTS)
“Nobody told me I bowled 160 kph plus. If it was 160 plus that will be kaafi zyada (a bit too much),” Umesh Yadav told reporters.
There was some mention on the social media that he could have hit the superfast mark, causing excitement in a Test where batsmen have found little difficulty in tackling pace or spin.
Umesh Yadav put the suggestion in perspective, saying the fastest delivery was not something that can be pulled out on a whim. “If you have the momentum and you are bowling in rhythm, perhaps you can bowl. But you can’t just think (that you want to bowl the fastest delivery) and bowl like that.”
The fastest electronically measured delivery is 161.3 kph, bowled by Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar in a World Cup match in 2003 against England in Newlands, Cape Town. However, there have been questions over the uniformity of various speed guns.
Australia’s Brett Lee and Shaun Tait are said to have recorded 161.1 kph.
Australia left-arm pacer, Mitchell Starc was recorded at 160.4 kph at the WACA in November last year to New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, which is the fastest delivery in a Test match.
Umesh Yadav has clocked over 150 kph in his career, and on Saturday was bowling in the high 140s, finishing with two wickets in the England first innings.