The 41-year-old told that the deliveries were not counted because the pace gun was broken
Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Sami has claimed that he bowled two balls faster than 160 kph but they were not recorded.
The right-arm pacer had the ability to bowl fasters and continuously hit the 145-150 mark. While talking to Paktv.tv, the 41-year-old told that the deliveries were not counted because the pace gun was broken.
"I once bowled two deliveries that were both faster than 160 kph, at 162 and 164 respectively," Sami said.
"However, I was then told that it was the fault of the machine (speed gun) and that the balls could not be counted,” he added.
Sami emphasised that the bowlers who crossed the 160 kph mark did it on one or two occasions. The fastest delivery (161.3 kph) in international cricket was bowled by Shoaib Akhtar against England in 2003 World Cup.
“If you look overall, whoever has bowled with a speed of more than 160, there have been just one or two balls in that speed,” he said.
“It is not like they have bowled with that speed consistently. It happened occasionally."
It must be noted that Sami played 36 Tests, 87 One-Day Internationals, and 13 Twenty-20 Internationals for Pakistan, taking 227 wickets across all formats of the game.
In 2016, the pacer was a member of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup team, and he played his final international match against Australia in Mohali during the same event.