The Indian cricket team took a comfortable seven-wicket victory in the first T20I against Ireland on Sunday, taking a 1-0 lead in the two-game streak. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped his side secure a good start when he beat Irish skipper Andy Balbirnie for a duck in the very first over.
Amid the Indian vice captain’s amazing bowling show, it was the speedometer that caused a stir on social media.
The speedometer claimed several times that Bhuvneshwar bowled at over 200 km/h. The technical glitch was enough to leave cricket fans stunned.
The very first delivery of the innings bowled by Bhuvneshwar heralded 201 mph. The fast bowler who missed a good length delivery was knocked away into the square leg area by Paul Stirling. The strange reading didn’t stop there because again in the same overtime a delivery clocked in at 208 km/h.
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The anomaly was expected to leave fans surprised. Some even brought former Pakistani pacesetter Shoaib Akhtar into the conversation. Akhtar holds the record for fastest delivery in international cricket at 161.3 km/h.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1mJa6zeSY8″ width=”320″ height=”529″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe> <p>One Twitter user shared the photo of the speedometer and hilariously wrote in the caption: “Shoaib Akhtar who
Shoaib Akhtar who? Congratulations Bhuvic pic.twitter.com/2dJBOlPRAY
— M Abu Bakar Farooq Tarar (@abbakarSays_) June 27, 2022
While another user wrote: “Bhuvi bowling at 208 km/h.”
Bhuvi bowling at 208 km/h 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/e9pTkYT5nb
— One (@AppeFizzz) June 26, 2022
“Woooo too much to handle. how could I miss this match ball thrown at a speed of 208km by Bhuvnehswar Kumar,” read a comment.
— Syed Suheel #BJPHAtaoDeshKiHizzatBachaco (@SyedSuheeeel) June 27, 2022
Another user spoke in his hilarious post about Indian pacesetter Umran Malik. “Bhuvneshwar itna tej daal raha hai toh Umran Malik toh 400 kmph daal dega!”
— Eden Kasukar (@CaptainEden25) June 26, 2022
Following the sacking of Irish skipper Balbirnie on the fifth delivery of the innings, Bhuvneshwar achieved a remarkable feat as he became the highest power play wicket taker in T20I cricket history. After sending Balbirnie back to the locker room, the 32-year-old completed his 34th power play wicket in T20Is.
The right arm pacer surpassed West Indian spinner Samuel Badree and Kiwi pacer Tim Southee, who have each amassed 33 wickets so far.
Ireland eventually managed to post a total of 108/4 in 12 overs. In response, the team led by Hardik Pandya comfortably reached the goal with 16 balls left.