Abu Dhabi, Oct 7: Jammu & Kashmir pacer Umran Malik delivered the fastest delivery of the Indian Premier League 2021 season during his team Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fixture against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. After making his debut against KKR as a replacement for injured T Natarajan, there have been positives coming in his way.
The pace sensation Umran Malik clocked 153kph in the eighth over while delivering to Devdutt Padikkal. Malik was warmed up nicely, having delivered the previous three deliveries at 147, 150 and 152kmph, respectively. With a 153kmph thunderbolt, he bettered Lockie Fergusson’s 152.75 km record for the current season. Earlier, on Sunday night Umran became the first Indian to enter the top 10 for this IPL season to deliver the fastest ball.
Soon after the clash against KKR, Malik received a heartwarming message from his family. In a video, they expressed their happiness on seeing him make his IPL debut. Later, Sunrisers Hyderabad took to their official Twitter handle and shared the video, featuring the message by Malik’s family. “When you make it to one of the biggest stages in Cricket, your family can be nothing but proud,” they captioned the post. Towards the end of the video, the young cricketer broke into tears.
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Hailing from a modest background, the 21-year-old has played just a solitary T20 and List A game but his promising exploits in a brief IPL career certainly make a case for him to be one of the potential future stars.
Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha also took to Twitter to congratulate the young pacer on his IPL debut. "Heartiest congratulations to Umran Malik on IPL debut today from the Sunrisers Hyderabad Team. You have made the entire Jammu Kashmir proud. You are the inspiration for many young cricketers. Best wishes for your cricket career ahead,” the Office of J&K Lt Governor wrote on Twitter.
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On the other hand, when asked about what RCB's captain Virat Kohli thought of the speedster, he said: “This tournament throws up talent every year, good to see a guy bowling at 150 clicks. It is important to know the progress of individuals going forward. It is important to understand the progress of individuals from here on.”
“The pool of fast bowlers being good is always a good thing for Indian cricket and whenever you see a talent like this, you are going to have your eyes on them and make sure you maximize their potential which is already being seen at the IPL level,” he added.