There's some video of Tyson in Australia on the net somewhere. To say that the Australian batsmen were brave facing him is an understatement!
I think there is some merit in the relativity argument (even without getting into the debate about absolute speeds). When one considers a world without bowling machines, facing the fastest bowlers (however fast they actually were) would have been difficult I would think.
I'm not denying the difficulty - just the speed of the average seamer
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Benaud says Tyson is the quickest he's seen, very marginally in front of Thommo.
Although Benaud played against Tyson so that sometimes skews the opinions....
It's hard to imagine anyone (for bio-mechanical reasons) being much quicker than Thommo in is prime. The ball practically grazed the floor before he slung it.
He had the perfect sling-action.
Arrogant bastard though
Pakistani's think Akthar was as quick as Thommo if not quicker. The pKAistani cricketers claim Mohammed Zahid was a yard quicker than Akthar too. Akthar simply had the most amazing action for a fast bowler, with unbelievable elasticity of his body. Zahis simply was pure power at the delivery stride.
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Also, Thomson's feat of hitting the side-screen on the half-volley at both the SCG and Perth is simply incredible, and I'm willing to bet that it will never be repeated by another fast bowler, ever.
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Well, give akhtar the non-existent padding and helmets of the 1970s and see him blow away people. I doubt Thommo would be too much quicker than Akhtar let alone blow Akhtar and Zahid away.
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Yeah, we don't know how fast the fastest guys in the past were, but to suggest anyone would 'blow away' someone who's sent down a couple of balls at a 100 miles per hour is questionable tstl.
Akhtar going all out is one of the most awesome sights I've seen in cricket (in all my years of scouring youtube )
Awesome bowler to watch, and when he turned it on, like in Colombo against Australia, simply unstoppable
He'd only be unstoppable if you tried rolling him down a hill.
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