Mumbai Indians Pacer Delivers Fastest Ball Of IPL 2024, Shatters Mayank Yadav’s Record


Mumbai Indians cricketers in action during IPL 2024© AFP

Mumbai Indians fast bowler Gerald Coetzee broke the record of young Mayank Yadav by bowling the fastest ball of IPL 2024 during the match against Rajasthan Royals on Monday. Mayank had made this record only two days ago when he bowled the ball at a speed of 155.8 kmph for Lucknow Super Giants, but Coetzee surpassed his record by a considerable margin. The South Africa international's 157.4 kmph scorer came on the final ball of RR's chase and Riyan Parag was able to direct it towards the third-man boundary for four. Overall, Coetzee is second only to former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait, who bowled at 157.71 kmph while playing for Rajasthan Royals in 2011.

Fastest balls in IPL history:

Shaun Tait 157.71 kmph – 2011

Gerald Coetzee 157.4 km/h – 2024

Lockie Ferguson 157.3 kmph – 2022

Umran Malik 157 kmph – 2022

Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya on Tuesday said the former champions will not give up and will continue to fight in the ongoing IPL despite the hat-trick of defeats.

“If you should know one thing about this team, it's that we never give up. We keep fighting, we keep moving forward,” Hardik posted on X.

Hardik has been facing the wrath of fans ever since he was made MI captain in place of Rohit Sharma. The all-rounder was criticized in the team's opening two matches and the crowd's hostility was at its peak in MI's first home match of the season on Monday.

To add to the troubles, MI had a disastrous start to their 2024 IPL campaign under his captaincy as they finished bottom of the table after three consecutive defeats.

However, MI are known to be perennial slow starters. In 2015, they lost the first four games before winning the title.

Hardik's poor captaincy decisions have also been questioned – be it not giving the new ball to Bumrah or sending Tim David ahead of himself against Gujarat Titans.

The change in captaincy has not been liked by many MI supporters. On Monday, slogans of 'Rohit-Rohit' echoed in Wankhede and the Indian captain himself asked the crowd not to make fun of Hardik.

Mumbai Indians' next match will be against Delhi Capitals at home on Sunday.

(With PTI inputs)

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