‘Don Bradman considered me as the fastest bowler’: Former Pakistan quick bowler claims he bowled at ‘110-115 miles per hour’

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The record for the quickest ball bowled by a cricketer is held by former Pakistan fast Shoaib Akhtar. Akhtar fired in a ball bowled at 161.three kph (100.2 mph) at England batsman Nick Knight throughout the 2003 World Cup, which until date is the quickest ball recorded. However, if former Pakistan quick bowler Farooq Hamid is to be believed, the record for the quickest ball bowled ought to belong to him.

Hamid performed just one Test for Pakistan, in 1964 towards Australia, where he bowled to the nice Don Bradman. In that Test, Hamid claims he turned the primary bowler to clock 100-miles an hour, touching the 110-115 m/h mark and floored among the greatest batsmen of that technology, together with the nice Rohan Kanhai.

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“Many international cricket personalities such as great Sir Don Bradman besides or [our] own Imtiaz Ahmed, Zaheer Abbas and others considered me as the fastest bowler, even faster than Charlie Griffith of the West Indies,” Hamid mentioned in an interview with Dawn.

“On that tour [playing for the Commonwealth XI in Pakistan], great batsman Rohan Kanhai was floored by my lethal bouncer. Later, the commentators said that I was much quicker than Griffith. I must have been bowling at around 110-115 miles per hour I think.”

Hamid went on to disclose how he would have gone to play much more cricket for Pakistan however was pressured out of cricket on the age of 25. “When I took seven wickets for 16 runs against Wellington in a match (on a New Zealand tour), they were dismissed for 53 runs in just ten overs,” he mentioned.

“However, everyone was surprised to see that I was not in the Pakistan team for the Test match that was played at the same venue after a couple of days. And neither was I included for the other two Tests played against New Zealand in that series.

“In 1963 when I was part of the Pakistan Eaglets team touring England, I had taken five wickets in three overs but my captain Wazir Mohammad did not give me the ball for further bowling against Lancashire at the old Trafford ground,” Farooq mentioned. “Later, Secretary MCC Mr Howard told my manager that, ‘today Farooq bowled a yard quicker than Trueman at his best.’

“This and much more of the same treatment disheartened and demoralised me so much that I decided to quit cricket at the young age of just 25. Yes, the same politics is going on and harming our cricket.”

[Attribution HT]

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