Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest bowler I ever faced: Michael Clarke


Karachi: Former Australia captain Michael Clarke termed Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar as the fastest bowler he ever faced.

The 40-year-old Clarke, who played 115 Tests, 345 ODIs and 34 T20Is in a 12-year international career, said Shoaib could deliver at a speed of 160 kmph.

“Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest I faced. He could bowl 160 [kmph]. Different type of bowler, who could bowl quick for three overs. Flintoff was quick for 12 overs. Lee was quick. Shoaib was quicker. Shaun Tait, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie were fast. But Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest,” Clarke said on the Uncensored Podcast.

It must be noted here that Akhtar is still considered one of the fastest pacers in cricket history. In 2003, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ bowled fastest delivery of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph), in an ODI against England – a pool match during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

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