Just think, a bowler of just 17 years can bowl at 175kph. It’s even hard to imagine for a cricket but it happened on Sunday. In all these years of cricket and technology, the Rawalpindi express, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Lasith Malinga, Lockie Ferguson and many more could not cross the barrier of 162kph in cricket.
But a bowler of just 17, who comes from the great Lasith Malinga’s country and to everyone’s surprise the youngster resembles the Sri Lankan great in bowling action also, clocked at 175kph in a match against the Indian U19 team at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
Matheesha Pathirana produced the 175kph missile when he was bowling to India’a young prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal in the forth over of the innings. The right-arm bowler, on the final ball of the over tried to bowl a bouncer to intimidate the batsman. Unfortunately, the attempted bouncer went weird and he ended up bowling it well outside the stumps and batsman easily let it go.
However, all this drama did not catch the attention of anyone. It’s the pace on the ball that left everyone wondering, the speed guns clocked an astonishing 175 kph (108 mph) on that wayward delivery from the Sri Lankan tearaway. Till now, the fastest ball’s record was owned by Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, back in 2002, when the Rawalpindi express bowled a 161.3km/h (100.2mph) rocket.
In another interesting assessment, surprisingly, none of the other deliveries from the young prodigy touched even 100mph mark and its possible that the speed shown by the speed gun might be a technical glitch.
Whatever it might have been but twitter reacted to it in an astonishing manner and it soon became a hot topic of debate.
Matheesha Pathirana has always been highly touted in Sri Lankan domestic cricket and prior to the tournament, there was a lot of hype surrounding the young fast bowling prodigy. Matheesha Pathirana has got the same slingy action almost resembling his icon Lasith Malinga.
After the success of Lasith Malinga many bowlers have come up in recent years who had modelled their action as that of Malinga, but with a little success. Tamilnadu’s G Periyaswamy was the first to remodel his action around that of Malinga but he could not make a name of himself in the cricket. Now, Matheesha Pathirana has come up with the almost similar action and he also has the speed to compliment his slingy action. The expectation will always be high from him now onwards.