South African all-rounder David Wiese was the centre of attraction during the league match of Cricket South Africa T20 Challenge between Titans and Knights.
Though let-handed batsman David Miller slammed a brilliant century where he single-handedly took Knights to a formidable total of 185/6 in their 20 overs, but it was one of Wiese’s ball which caught everybody’s attention.
Wiese, who usually bowls in between 130-140 was taken by surprise as the screen showed that he has clocked 173.8 kmph, while bowling the last delivery of the 3rd over off Knights’ innings.
After the match, also Wiese jokingly posted about the incident on his Twitter handle.
“So does this officially make me a fast bowler! Must be all those long hours in the gym! #hardworkpaysoff #surebud #speedgunisajoke”, the cricketer tweeted.
— David Wiese (@David_Wiese) November 19, 2016
According to reports, a technical glitch with the speed gun was the reason why Wiese’s delivery clocked at 173.8 kmph.
This is not the first time that a speed gun glitch wrongly recorded the speed of a bowler’s delivery. Earlier this year, paceman Morne Morkel‘s ball was recorded to be a little faster than Wiese’s due to a technical glitch – 173.9 kmph.
The fastest ball correctly measured in cricket was bowled by Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar. He bowled the delivery at 161.3 kmph in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 that was held in South Africa against England.