The Sri Lankan cricket team lost to India by 90 runs in the ongoing U19 cricket world cup in South Africa but the islanders have found a new ‘Lasith Malinga’ in Matheesa Pathirana. He is the same bowler whose video went viral on social media four months ago as he picked six wickets for Trinity on his debut and gave away just 7 runs.
In the Under-19 World Cup clash between India and Sri Lanka, this 17-year-old pacer delivered a ball which clocked 175 km/hr and it shocked many cricket fans around the globe. It could be a technical glitch in calculation but if it was not a mistake, then this youngster has delivered the fastest ball, recorded at any International cricket match.
Earlier, Shoaib Akhtar held this record after he delivered a ball at 161.3 kph during an ODI against England at the Newlands in Cape Town during the 2003 World Cup. Brett Lee and Shaun Tait have also clocked over 160 km/hr, but it seems that the Sri Lankan youngster has eked his way ahead over them by a far bigger margin.
There is no official statement from ICC regarding the newly created record.