‘Podi Malinga’ clocks 175kmph and becomes cynosure of all eyes


Trinity’s Matheesha Pathirana has become the talking point in the cricketing world after he was clocked at 175kmph on the speed gun during the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa. During Sri Lanka’s fixture against India in Bloemfontein on Sunday, Pathirana touched the magical number and unofficially now he is considered to have bowled the fastest delivery in any form of cricket.

The ball sprayed down the leg-side was called a wide but speed guns suggested that he had hit the 175 kmph mark (108 miles per hour).

Before this, the fastest ever recorded delivery in cricket was bowled by Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar when he let one rip at 161.3kmph (100mph) in an ODI against England during the 2003 World Cup.

The 17-year-old Matheesha from Kandy emerged from Ranabima Maha Vidyalaya before earning a scholarship to Trinity.

Matheesha known as ‘Podi Malinga’ for bowling with a square arm action like Lasith Malinga has been groomed by Sri Lanka Cricket and officials believe that he will make huge strides in cricket in time to come.

Despite making the headlines, Matheesha did not pick up a wicket as his eight overs cost 49 runs. India beat Sri Lanka comfortably by 90 runs.

There has been no official denial or acknowledgement from the ICC regarding his effort which has raised fears that a technical error could have taken place resulting in the speed gun showing up a mind-boggling number. However, there’s no denial of the fact that Matheesha can generate pace and he is a player to look out for.

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