Young speedster Umran Malik has become a talking point of the cricket community right after he proved his ability to produce deliveries in the range of 145-150 kmph on a constant basis.
How Umran Malik Delivers at a Speed of 145-150 kmph
Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, Malik was named a short-term COVID-19 replacement for T. Natarajan by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2021 Indian Premier League in September 2021.
On 3 October 2021, he made his debut in the IPL, against Kolkata Knight Riders, during the 49th match of the 2021 Indian Premier League. He gained attention during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore when he bowled five balls in a row at more than 150 kmph.
While speaking to a media, Malik states that “Speed comes naturally to me. This year I am trying to work on hitting the right areas. I always used to bowl fast. I am my own role model. When Irfan Pathan came to train us, I used to jump out and I was pretty erratic, I was not able to bowl in one area consistently.
But when he came, I began to jump out less and I started getting the right rhythm. I just want to make Jammu and Kashmir proud and I want to make the country proud. I just want to perform well,” said Malik while speaking to the media.
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Though Malik added that he has no role model, in particular, he certainly feels that Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are some of the best bowlers in the world. He also expressed his delightedness at seeing big names tweet about him and his performance.
“I have to perform, when I see cricketers tweeting about me, it was very a proud feeling. It is good to see such big legends tweeting about me, they must have seen something in me, that is why they are tweeting about me. Right now, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the best bowlers in the world,” he added.
Talking of the current IPL season, he has already picked nine wickets in six games so far.