Pakistan’s young pace sensation, Ihsanullah, has sent out a strong message to India’s Umran Malik, sparking speculation as to who will deliver the fastest ever delivery in cricket. The 20-year-old cricketer is currently playing for the Multan Sultans in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, and has been touted as a bright prospect for Pakistan’s men’s national team as a leading pace bowler.
Ihsanullah only bowled one over for the Karachi team in the 2022 edition of Pakistan’s premier cricket league before getting injured in the next match against Lahore and getting ruled out for the remainder of the season. However, he has made a strong comeback after regaining his fitness and losing his home in the 2022 floods in Pakistan.
In a message to Umran Malik, Ihsanullah has expressed his desire to surpass Malik’s recorded speed of 157 kph and touch the 160 kph barrier. “Inshallah, koshish karunga. Umran Malik ne jo 157 kph pe ball kiya hai, main koshish karunga uss se upar karunga. Umran Malik se upar karunga, 160 karunga,” the young pacer said.
The right-arm fast bowler is confident that he can easily topple Umran Malik to be the bowler who breaks the speedometer. It is worth noting that the record for the fastest delivery ever is still held by Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, who delivered a whopping 161.3 kph (100.2 mph) in a One-Day International game against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.
Ihsanullah caught everyone’s attention when he finished with figures of 5/12 in four overs during a match for the Multan Sultans against the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL. During his first over of the match, the youngster was consistently clocking speeds of 150 kph and above, which drew comparisons with India’s Umran Malik, who broke the Indian record for the fastest delivery when he recorded 155 kph during the second ODI of the series against Sri Lanka.