New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Umran Malik bowled the fastest delivery in the history of the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers on Wednesday, hitting 153 kmph in Navdeep Saini’s previous record of 152.85 kmph. Now with his impressive performances, the J&K pacer has found himself a call-up from the national team to become the net-bowler for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. Also Read – IPL 2021: “It’s Not New,” Virat Kohli Recalls Discussion About AB de Villiers Leaving RCB Captaincy In 2019
He said, ‘Yes, he will continue with the team as a net bowler. He was impressive in the IPL and we think it would be a good idea for the batsmen to face him in the nets. Bowling to quality batsmen like Kohli and Rohit will also be a good experience for him,” a source told ANI. Also Read – IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals Coach Ricky Ponting ‘Very Confident’ Ahead Of MS Dhoni’s Qualifier 1 Against Chennai Super Kings
Earlier, fast bowler Malik had said that fast bowling comes naturally to him and from the very beginning he has bowled fast to break the concentration of the batsmen. Also Read – T20 WC: Fan requests MI captain Rohit Sharma for India vs Pakistan ticket for IPL match
He said, ‘From the very beginning, I used to bowl fast. Even when I used to play cricket with the Cosco ball, I used to bowl fast. We used to play one over matches and I used to run and bowl fast yorkers. In 2018 the U-19 trial came and I was bowling, the selectors saw me. I was bowling with jogger shoes, then my friend gave me spike shoes and then I got into the under-19 team. Then I played under-23 cricket,” Malik told teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar in a video posted on iplt20.com.
“In 2018, I was practicing regularly. After U-23, I played Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy. I thank the SRH franchise for giving me this opportunity. Irfan Pathan came and told me where I can improve. I was scared at first when I had to bowl to Warner and Williamson in the nets. I prayed to God that I should bowl only good balls. I kept learning and it has helped me.”
(with inputs from ANI)