Umran Malik was called up to play for India after he performed well for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Umran Malik of SRH. Courtesy: PTI
- Malik picked up a five-wicket haul in IPL 2022
- Malik holds the record for the third-fastest delivery in the history of the IPL
- Malik is set to play for India in the South Africa T20Is
Fast bowler Umran Malik said that he is more focussed on hitting the right channels rather than wanting to break Shoaib Akhtar’s record for the fastest delivery in international cricket. Back in 2003, Akhtar, the former Pakistan paceman, made own the record after clocking over 100 miles per hour in a match against England during the World Cup.
Malik has threatened to breach Akhtar’s speed quite a few times in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) after clocking in excess of 150 km/h on a consistent basis. In fact, at 157 km/h, Malik holds the record for the third-fastest delivery in the history of the T20 tournament.
Malik was recently called up to play for Team India in the five-match series against South Africa. Ahead of the series, the Jammu and Kashmir seamer said that he wanted to guide his team to a 5-0 series whitewash against the Proteas.
ABDUL MOTIVATED ME
“My focus is not on that record right now. I want to bowl well, bowl in the right areas and help my country win all five matches against South Africa. I want to keep it 150 or above to maintain my body and strength,” Malik was quoted as saying in an interview with News 24 Sport.
The 22-year-old Malik also had words of praise for fellow J&K teammate Abdul Samad for motivating him to bowl quicker.
“Abdul motivated me a lot. Whenever I used to bowl to him, he would say I am bowling slow. So, then I would deliver with more pace. And then the gym and proper exercise helped me with this,” he added.
Malik and Samad played together for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2022 IPL. Even as Malik got chances to play on a consistent basis, Samad had to warm the bench for most of the season.