Watch and decide - Mohammad Sami and not Shoaib Akhtar bowled fastest ball in cricket history?

But in 2004, Shoaib's teammate Mohammad Sami beat him with a 162.3 kmph with against India.

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2016, 14:04 PM IST
Watch and decide - Mohammad Sami and not Shoaib Akhtar bowled fastest ball in cricket history?
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New Delhi: It is widely regarded that former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for bowling the fastest ball in cricket history.

The Rawalpindi Express' delivery that clocked 161.3 kmph against England in 2003 World Cup is yet to be beaten. Or at least that's what the popular perception is.

But in 2004, Shoaib's teammate Mohammad Sami surpassed him with a 162.3 kmph delivery against India.

The pacer's ball was driven through the covers for a boundary by then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

However, one is left wondering why this did not make big news at the time.

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Was the speed gun wrong or was it an error by the broadcaster? Guess we will never find out, as even today Shoaib is considered the fastest bowler in history of the game.

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