The rising star of Indian fast bowling, Umran Malik, has said that he is not concerned with achieving the record for the quickest delivery, but rather with delivering at the appropriate lengths. Shoaib Akthar, a former Pakistan international who crossed the 100 mph barrier with a delivery during the World Cup in 2003 and still holds the record for the fastest delivery in international cricket, was the first player to do so. And Malik, playing in the Indian Premier League in 2022, came extremely close to breaking the record with a delivery that was traveling at 157 kilometers per hour.
The breakaway pace with which Malik bowled the ball during the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) brought a lot of attention to him from the spectators. During the course of the competition, he played a consistent role for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He took 22 wickets in 14 games. As a result of his strong performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL), he was selected to represent India in their upcoming bilateral series against South Africa.
Umran Malik says, “I want to keep it at 150 or above to preserve both my physique and my strength.”
For SRH, Malik was recognized for frequently registering speeds in the vicinity of 150 kilometers per hour. In the history of the Indian Premier League, his 157-kilometer-per-hour delivery in IPL 2022 was the third-fastest delivery ever recorded. The Jammu and Kashmir native, who is now 22 years old, said, though, that he was not thinking about breaking that record. In addition to that, he said that he wants to retain his physical strength by keeping his bowling pace at or above 150 kilometers per hour.
After being signed by SRH in 2021, Malik participated in the Indian Premier League for the first time. Additionally, he has competed for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in the domestic competitions held in India and has participated in one List-A match. Ahead of India’s next series against South Africa, he voiced his ambition to lead the team to a clean sweep by registering a 5-0 victory. The right-arm fast also praised his colleague Abdul Samad for his role in inspiring him to perform well.
“Right now, I’m not going to be concentrating on that record. My goals for this series against South Africa are to bowl well, bowl in the appropriate areas, and assist my team to win all five matches. I want to keep it 150 or over to preserve both my physique and my strength,” Umran Malik said.
“Abdul (Samad) inspired me a lot. When I used to bowl to him, he would often comment on how sluggish my bowling was. Consequently, I would bowl more quickly in such a case. After that, I found that going to the gym and doing enough exercise helped me with this,” he said.
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