Delhi Capitals' (DC) pacer Anrich Nortje wrote his name into Indian Premier League (IPL) record books after bowling the fastest ever ball in the history of the tournament in the recent match against Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Nortje bowled a delivery clocking 156.22 kmph, which turned out to be the fastest ball in the history of IPL to date. In fact, he bowled at the speed of winds in an exciting over to RR opener Jos Buttler, clocking over 155 kmph consecutively.
"Yeah, the battle against Buttler was interesting. I know he plays the scoop shots; but when he played the first one, it took me by surprise. I did not think he will do it again, but he played the shot once again on the next delivery. He played really well, but I stuck to my strength. Obviously, we saw how the wicket was playing, so I was trying to use the wicket and get some variation," Nortje told Shikhar Dhawan in a video posted on iplt20.com.
"I did not know that I bowled the fastest delivery in IPL. I have been working on getting my pace right up there. It has been a couple of years that I have been working on it. In the end, it's just about hitting the right length," he added.
Batting first, Delhi posted a total of 161/7 in their allotted twenty overs as Dhawan and Iyer played knocks of 57 and 53 respectively. RR’s Jofra Archer was the star with figures of 3/19. However, RR failed to chase down 162 as they were restricted to 148/8. For DC, Tushar Deshpande and Nortje took two wickets each.
Now DC will next take on Chennai Super Kings on October 17, while RR takes on Royal Challengers Bangalore on the same day.