Proteas speedster Anrich Nortje bowled his way into the record books as he dismissed Jos Buttler with the tournament’s fastest ever delivery.
Nortje, who has 10 wickets from six matches, clocked 156 km/h as he broke his own record of 155.2. The pace ace removed Dale Steyn from the archives with the South African legend notching up 154.5 kph as his fastest.
The South Africa quick has made an impact this season for the Delhi Capitals, picking up 10 wickets from six matches.
Nortje’s speed was too much for Buttler as he helped the Delhi Capitals to a 13-run win over the Rajasthan Royals.
“Really? No idea. Hearing it for the first time,” Nortje replied after the match when told about his new record.
“[I’ve] been feeling it the last few days. Nice to see some results. Buttler played them really well. Maybe I was a touch too full. Didn’t expect him to go for a six first ball. Maybe he was expecting something else off that delivery. Stuck to my strength and paid off. Didn’t expect the second ramp.
“Luckily I stuck to it. We’ve got a good coach in Ryan. Lovely working with KG. Tushar has been working in the nets. Enjoying my experience with them. Doesn’t look like it but it’s nerve-wracking. Better to be on the field than on the other side.”
Kagiso Rabada chipped in with 1/28 but it was Nortje who earned the Man of the Match honour with 2/33.