The Indian Premier League is the perfect platform, specially for youngsters, to impress their respective franchises and national selectors with their overall game. Several unknown faces turn into super stars in quick time and become well-known faces on the cricket field.
In the ongoing IPL 2022, various energetic young players have been giving more than 100 percent to attract the attention of selectors. Among them, the Jammu and Kashmir pacer, Umran Malik, so far, has stolen the show with his thundering pace.
Malik gets a lucky break
Umran, the budding pacer, has been bowling with tremendous speed during this edition of the IPL. The youngster got a lucky break to join the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2021 edition of the IPL as a replacement for T. Natarajan, who tested positive. He grabbed this opportunity with both his hands. It was a do-or-die situation for him to prove his talent and worth.
However, Malik got an opportunity to play for his franchise after SRH was omitted from the tournament in the 2021 IPL. He was able to entice the Orange Army team management with his blood-thirsty fast bowling. The Surnrisers Hyderabad identified his talent and retained him for the next season.
However, Malik has proved his merit. He never disappointed his captain, Kane Williamson, and SRH with his performance. The young chap from Jammu and Kashmir has been bowling persistently at a quick speed, touching the clock of 140 kms consistently.
Umran bowls five of the fastest deliveries in IPL 2022
Malik has a fire in his belly. In this edition of the IPL, he has delivered five of the fastest bowls. His fastest five deliveries were registered on Monday, April 11, during the encounter between the Gujarat Titans (GT) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The five quickest deliveries bowled by Umran Malik were recorded at 153.3 km/h, 153.1 km/h, 152.4 km/h, 152.3 km/h, and 151.8 km/h.
Ravi Shastri, Team India’s former coach, praised Malik and believes he has a good chance of making the national team. Shastri also discussed managing his workload and getting the proper care he needed.
“He is consistent and I like his attitude. This kid can only learn. This guy has got genuine pace. If he hits the right areas, he is going to trouble a lot of batters. It’s about handling him properly. You have got to give him the right message. The way you communicate with him will be very important. There is no doubting his potential. This guy is an India player, “Shastri said.
Malik got a chance to play as a net bowler during the Boys in Blue campaign in the T-20 World Cup last year. Time has come for the genuine pace to break the ice and be selected for the national team.