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Unread 01-23-2008, 02:02 PM   #1
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Fastest bowlers from India, Top 10 list

I was a hard core cricket fan and would never missed a single delivery, I am watching regular cricket since 1986, and here are the mileage of the indian bowlers I notices,

1, J Srinath - 156Kmph (99, Africa tour)
2, A Nehra - 149 Kmph (2003 World cup)
3, S Sreesanth - 149 Kmph (Kuwalmpur tri series 2006)
4, RP Singh - 147 Kmph ( Recent Aus series)
5, A Agarkar - 146 Kmph (when he made his debut around 2001-2002)
6, Z Khan - 146 Kmph ( 2003 world cup)
7, A Bhandari - 145 Kmph (2004 Aus tour-this guy was really good strong bowler with good action in his early days, but unfortunate one)
8, VRV Singh - 145 Kmph (2006 Africa tour)
9, Munaf Patel - 143 Kmph (early 2006)
10, L Balaji - 140 Kmph (2004 Pakistan tour)

All the above bowler have legal bowling action not like Shoaib or Bret who have suspect action,

Apart from these recorded speed I guess Salil Ankola was also very quick, Kapil dev was quick in 79-82 era,

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Unread 01-23-2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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It's worth noting that Bhandari in the domestics recently struggled to get his speed up to even 125 kmh. He looked incredibly pedestrian, clocking 115-120 kmh for the most part and he looks to have declined a great deal - shocking, given that he's just about 30 or so.

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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Quote Originally Posted by Yantra View Post
I was a hard core cricket fan and would never missed a single delivery, I am watching regular cricket since 1986, and here are the mileage of the indian bowlers I notices,

1, J Srinath - 156Kmph (99, Africa tour)
2, A Nehra - 149 Kmph (2003 World cup)
3, S Sreesanth - 149 Kmph (Kuwalmpur tri series 2006)
4, RP Singh - 147 Kmph ( Recent Aus series)
5, A Agarkar - 146 Kmph (when he made his debut around 2001-2002)
6, Z Khan - 146 Kmph ( 2003 world cup)
7, A Bhandari - 145 Kmph (2004 Aus tour-this guy was really good strong bowler with good action in his early days, but unfortunate one)
8, VRV Singh - 145 Kmph (2006 Africa tour)
9, Munaf Patel - 143 Kmph (early 2006)
10, L Balaji - 140 Kmph (2004 Pakistan tour)

All the above bowler have legal bowling action not like Shoaib or Bret who have suspect action,

Apart from these recorded speed I guess Salil Ankola was also very quick, Kapil dev was quick in 79-82 era,

If you know some one who was missed from this list you can suggest here,
Thats a surprise, I thought either Agarkar or Nehra would have been the fastest. Good to see Srinath at the top. He is probably among the top three quickies India has ever produced.

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:14 PM   #4
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Salil, Amit Bhandari was good quick bowler on his early days, I remember he was the highest wicket taker on India A tour of england that included, pathan, balaji and Salvi,

Present chief Selector Vengy also mentioned about him in his column that Amit bowled with good pace in the only one day he played in 03/04 Aussie tour.

I guess now he has given up the hope of playing for india, but I do feel he was unlucky as he had injury at wrong time and his mother passed away when he was on the fringe and bowling well

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:15 PM   #5
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didn't sreesanth hit over the 150 mark during the aussie series? i remember seeing it either in the bangalore or the kochi match.

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:17 PM   #6
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Guys, I believe they are showing the domestic matches on TV, can some one tell me if any new kid has came in this year who can bowl fast. 140> more

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:19 PM   #7
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didn't sreesanth hit over the 150 mark during the aussie series? i remember seeing it either in the bangalore or the kochi match.


If that is the case it would have been in the news, considering we indian love to have some one who could bowl 150 or more.

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:20 PM   #8
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Good list Yantra. One minor nitpick. Srinath clocked 156 on the 1996 Saffie tour not 1999. According to reports(these are available on cricinfo), he was unbelievably fast and Alistair Campbell(Zim bat) said he was even faster than Donald and Klusener in that season!

Regarding Bhandari, he was doing quite well while Bruce Reid was our bowling coach. After Reid left, Bhandari sort of faded away.
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Unread 01-23-2008, 02:22 PM   #9
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Good observation Gambit, my mistake, yes it was 96 tour of SA.

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:22 PM   #10
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I believe Chetan Sharma broke 140 kph as well. The English, flummoxed by the pace he generated from a slight frame, complained that he was chucking it.

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:23 PM   #11
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Dhondy, yes Chetan was quick, as does Salil Ankola, i think Salil Ankola could be 150 plus. but no records.

Unread 01-23-2008, 02:57 PM   #12
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Raju Kulkarni was our fastest bowler.. much quicjer than Srinath/Ankola..

He was very erratic, hence he never player much for india.


Quote Originally Posted by Yantra View Post
I was a hard core cricket fan and would never missed a single delivery, I am watching regular cricket since 1986, and here are the mileage of the indian bowlers I notices,

1, J Srinath - 156Kmph (99, Africa tour)
2, A Nehra - 149 Kmph (2003 World cup)
3, S Sreesanth - 149 Kmph (Kuwalmpur tri series 2006)
4, RP Singh - 147 Kmph ( Recent Aus series)
5, A Agarkar - 146 Kmph (when he made his debut around 2001-2002)
6, Z Khan - 146 Kmph ( 2003 world cup)
7, A Bhandari - 145 Kmph (2004 Aus tour-this guy was really good strong bowler with good action in his early days, but unfortunate one)
8, VRV Singh - 145 Kmph (2006 Africa tour)
9, Munaf Patel - 143 Kmph (early 2006)
10, L Balaji - 140 Kmph (2004 Pakistan tour)

All the above bowler have legal bowling action not like Shoaib or Bret who have suspect action,

Apart from these recorded speed I guess Salil Ankola was also very quick, Kapil dev was quick in 79-82 era,

If you know some one who was missed from this list you can suggest here,

Unread 01-23-2008, 03:03 PM   #13
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Maaki, do you have any proof, that R Kulkarni was quiker then Srinath?

effectively that means he was close to 160kmph or 100mph.

Unread 01-23-2008, 03:13 PM   #14
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I think Zaheer Khan had clocked a delivery at 150 kph in the Leed test in 2002. It was the delivery with which he had bowled Flintoff in either the first or the second inning.

RPS reached 149 in either one of the T20 match or the ODI in India. I remember reading it here on ICF only.

I'm not a speed obsessed fan, so these things are not immediately noticed.

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Unread 01-23-2008, 03:25 PM   #15
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Unread 01-23-2008, 04:00 PM   #16
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I remember Munaf bowling quite a few 145+ deliveries in WI in '06.

Unread 01-23-2008, 04:03 PM   #17
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anyone know what ashish nehra is doing these days
havent heard anything about him
He was in the Delhi squad. Check the Ranji thread. You'll see him in that photo where the Delhi squad is celebrating the Ranji victory.

Unread 01-23-2008, 04:05 PM   #18
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anyone remember David Johnson?? Indian bowler who bowled against aussies in 1996 one of test against aus in Delhi??

i was there that time in the ground.. he tried to bowl so fast that he fell down twice..

it was nayan mongiaz test

Unread 01-23-2008, 04:31 PM   #19
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hey guys pathan clocked 144km/h in this test match..i did see it on tv..but yea it was just one delivery and then he was back to mid 130s..since u have mentioned the speed of one delivery i thot i shd mention this..i think sree is the quickest of all after javagal of course..sree avgs in the 142-145 so he is pretty gud..
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I remember that march.. David Johnson falling twice and how about Bharat Arun.. I think he also fell down a couple of times ..

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anyone remember David Johnson?? Indian bowler who bowled against aussies in 1996 one of test against aus in Delhi??

i was there that time in the ground.. he tried to bowl so fast that he fell down twice..

it was nayan mongiaz test

Unread 01-23-2008, 04:34 PM   #21
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Sorry Yantra i left the speed gun at home.. I dont think they measure speeds during his time..

Remember it was during Kapil Dev Gavasakar era..

Also Karsan Gavri would have been quicker than a lot of the bowlers listed ...




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Maaki, do you have any proof, that R Kulkarni was quiker then Srinath?

effectively that means he was close to 160kmph or 100mph.

Unread 01-23-2008, 05:14 PM   #22
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It is pity that we indian did not produce many bowlers of express pace,

That's why these people like Lilee, Bruce Yardly and Aqib Javed dared to say that you indian perticularly hindus don't have it in you to bowl fast, one of the reason Aqib gave is that because we don't eat red meat.

I wish we can produce couple of quality express bowlers and shut these guys mouth off.

Unread 01-23-2008, 05:24 PM   #23
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Maaki, I have seen Raju Kulkarni and I think he was nowhere close to 150, he was may be around 140eis, he may look quick compare to the bowler we had at that time, kapil, binny, madan, they were all medium pace.

I remember him as the bowler who always fell down ones in the spell, but in that match he played against windies, bowlers from windies looked much quicker then him.

Unread 01-23-2008, 06:30 PM   #24
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Quote Originally Posted by Cricketics View Post
anyone remember David Johnson?? Indian bowler who bowled against aussies in 1996 one of test against aus in Delhi??

i was there that time in the ground.. he tried to bowl so fast that he fell down twice..

it was nayan mongiaz test
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Unread 01-23-2008, 06:45 PM   #25
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Yantra, u might need to add Ishant.... He clocked 143.7 in the 3rd test at Perth...

Unread 01-23-2008, 10:47 PM   #26
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is this a list of adult bowlers only? if not why not a kid like Ishant Sharma?

Unread 01-24-2008, 07:37 AM   #27
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Prashanth vaidya- of vidharba, and who featured in a few one day matches too, albeit after he lost his pace due to injuries, used to be very fast during the early to mid 1990's.

IMHO Javagal Srinath's fastest spell was in his first series in south africa in 1992-93, when kiran more who was the keeper told media that srinath was faster than donald.

TA Shekar( TAP according to cricinfo) was couple of yards faster than Kapil Dev, when he played a test against pakistan in pakistan. also in 3 one day matches against england in india. but unfortunately, he was dropped because of team politics(read kapil dev as the reason).

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Unread 01-24-2008, 03:36 PM   #28
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Quote Originally Posted by Yantra View Post
I was a hard core cricket fan and would never missed a single delivery, I am watching regular cricket since 1986, and here are the mileage of the indian bowlers I notices,

1, J Srinath - 156Kmph (99, Africa tour)
2, A Nehra - 149 Kmph (2003 World cup)
3, S Sreesanth - 149 Kmph (Kuwalmpur tri series 2006)
4, RP Singh - 147 Kmph ( Recent Aus series)
5, A Agarkar - 146 Kmph (when he made his debut around 2001-2002)
6, Z Khan - 146 Kmph ( 2003 world cup)
7, A Bhandari - 145 Kmph (2004 Aus tour-this guy was really good strong bowler with good action in his early days, but unfortunate one)
8, VRV Singh - 145 Kmph (2006 Africa tour)
9, Munaf Patel - 143 Kmph (early 2006)
10, L Balaji - 140 Kmph (2004 Pakistan tour)

All the above bowler have legal bowling action not like Shoaib or Bret who have suspect action,

Apart from these recorded speed I guess Salil Ankola was also very quick, Kapil dev was quick in 79-82 era,

If you know some one who was missed from this list you can suggest here,
i dont think anyone was left out
n by the way it is brett not bret
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Unread 01-24-2008, 07:14 PM   #29
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India has fast bowlers???

Since when??

Unread 01-24-2008, 07:16 PM   #30
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Quote Originally Posted by Yantra View Post
I was a hard core cricket fan and would never missed a single delivery, I am watching regular cricket since 1986, and here are the mileage of the indian bowlers I notices,

1, J Srinath - 156Kmph (99, Africa tour)
2, A Nehra - 149 Kmph (2003 World cup)
3, S Sreesanth - 149 Kmph (Kuwalmpur tri series 2006)
4, RP Singh - 147 Kmph ( Recent Aus series)
5, A Agarkar - 146 Kmph (when he made his debut around 2001-2002)
6, Z Khan - 146 Kmph ( 2003 world cup)
7, A Bhandari - 145 Kmph (2004 Aus tour-this guy was really good strong bowler with good action in his early days, but unfortunate one)
8, VRV Singh - 145 Kmph (2006 Africa tour)
9, Munaf Patel - 143 Kmph (early 2006)
10, L Balaji - 140 Kmph (2004 Pakistan tour)

All the above bowler have legal bowling action not like Shoaib or Bret who have suspect action,

Apart from these recorded speed I guess Salil Ankola was also very quick, Kapil dev was quick in 79-82 era,

If you know some one who was missed from this list you can suggest here,
None of these bowlers are fast bowlers. Bowling once a ball at 145kmph wont make him a fast bowler. They are all medium pace bowlers.

Unread 01-24-2008, 07:17 PM   #31
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Quote Originally Posted by head coach View Post
None of these bowlers are fast bowlers. Bowling once a ball at 145kmph wont make him a fast bowler. They are all medium pace bowlers.
Exactly my point

Unread 01-24-2008, 08:59 PM   #32
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Quote Originally Posted by head coach View Post
None of these bowlers are fast bowlers. Bowling once a ball at 145kmph wont make him a fast bowler. They are all medium pace bowlers.
I think Srinath could be classed as a fast bowler.
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I think a more relevant stat would be the average speeds, rather than the top speed ever recorded.

Based on what I have seen, and I really dont remember too many speed numbers from Srinath, I would say Sreesanth is the fastest ever bowler India has produced.
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Quote Originally Posted by marirs_mania View Post
I think a more relevant stat would be the average speeds, rather than the top speed ever recorded.

Based on what I have seen, and I really dont remember too many speed numbers from Srinath, I would say Sreesanth is the fastest ever bowler India has produced.

not yet.. i have followed Srinath's bowling wen speed guns WERE there and he would consistently clock around 150 with top speed around 155.... he was consistently operating at tht speed for around 2-3 yrs... Sreesanth needs to do tht for atleast 2-3 yrs and has to clock around 150 more consistently to beat Srinath... nowadays he averages around 145...

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Quote Originally Posted by suraj View Post
India has fast bowlers???

Since when??
I am wondering the same.
SS and RPS are abt as medium fast as they get for us.

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whats ishants fastest delivery so far?
147/148?
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Unread 01-28-2008, 01:44 AM   #37
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i dont remember srinath being so fast?
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he wasnt consistantly but he had his times
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not yet.. i have followed Srinath's bowling wen speed guns WERE there and he would consistently clock around 150 with top speed around 155.... he was consistently operating at tht speed for around 2-3 yrs... Sreesanth needs to do tht for atleast 2-3 yrs and has to clock around 150 more consistently to beat Srinath... nowadays he averages around 145...
Average speed of 150 with a top of 155 ? Gats, are you really sure ? The times I have seen Srinath, which is from 1996 onwards, I have never seen him bowl that fast. And speed guns came in at much much later than that.
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Ishant Sharma clocks in at 147.2
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