Everything You Need To Know About Cricket To Call Yourself A True Fan

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Even though it was said to have been invented by sheep farmers in England, cricket is now the world’s number one ball and bat game. With 2.5 billion fans worldwide, the sport has come a long way from being a medieval pastime. You might be one of those 2.5 billion fans but how much do you really know about cricket? Do you know who holds the most impressive records, or what those records even are?

Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about cricket so you can call yourself a true fan.

The Delivery Record Was Set In 2003 With A Mind-Blowing Speed

Shoaib Akhtar bowled the fastest ball in cricket history
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Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The 2003 Cricket World Cup took place in South Africa and featured the game’s fastest delivery of all-time. Shoaib Akhtar was bowling for Pakistan when he unleashed a devastating 161 kilometers per hour delivery.

Akhtar played on the national team from 1997 until 2011. His last tournament was supposed to be the 2011 World Cup. He was selected by Pakistan and announced that he would retire when it was over. Unfortunately, he was not able to retire on his own terms and was cut from the team after the group stage.