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IPL 2022: Umran Malik Bowled A Dream Over To Shreyas Iyer

It was an unplayable over by Umran Malik.

A day before Sunrisers Hyderabad’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders, SRH fast bowling coach Dale Steyn arranged a small Q&A session with his Twitter fans. One of them asked him about who is his inspiration. The South African legend replied: “Umran Malik”

This response – a young uncapped pacer only in his second IPL season is an inspiration for one of the greatest fast bowlers – elicited different types of reactions.

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Some loved it, some mocked it, some trolled Umran, some reckoned Steyn said it to give confidence to the SRH pacer who had picked up 3 wickets in 4 matches this season, and has been leaking over 10 runs an over, criticised for being erratic and not able to control the lines and lengths with his extreme pace.

Come match day – whatever Umran Malik thought of Steyn’s tweet, he surely made the Protea great jump out of his seat and celebrate when he clean bowled KKR captain Shreyas Iyer with a searing yorker.

It was not just the yorker and dismissal in isolation, but it was the setup of Iyer’s dismissal that would have made Steyn proud.

As many would express some sort of surprise, Shreyas Iyer has managed to carve a successful career despite his vulnerabilities – and inabilities – against short balls at high pace well documented.

Brought specifically for Shreyas, Malik exposed that unease of Iyer once again. Iyer was rattled when the 22-year-old Malik hurled down fast – Umran Malik fast – short stuff at him in the 10th over of KKR’s innings.

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He almost had Iyer caught and bowl when the batter inside-edged one back of length ball on his pads and it lobbed in the air, but Malik couldn’t reach it in time. A short, rising ball was guided by Iyer to third man for a single. A 147 KPH delivery once again to Iyer who got beaten on pace and could do nothing but swish his bat and cut only air.

Then came the knockout punch from Umran Malik. He had Iyer on the backfoot; his short stuff making him feel like a cat on a hot tin roof. The cards were clearly laid out by Malik and SRH: all five fielders outside the ring were behind square, suggesting another short ball – Iyer knew it, the world knew it.

But only Umran Malik – and perhaps Dale Steyn – knew that it was time for the bluff. As Malik ran steaming in, Iyer did that Iyer thing in the crease where he moves to the offside first then the leg side as waits for the short ball to carve over point.
Iyer’s movements weren’t affecting Malik’s plans: a pin-point yorker at the base of the off and middle stump. Iyer surprised by the yorker length tried to dig out, but there was little chance of him surviving that 149 KPH toe-crusher.
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The batter was made to look exasperated, having survived the previous short balls, now succumbing to a yorker. Steyn got out of his seat and high-fived Muttiah Muralitharan, SRH’s spin-bowling coach, as the plan came to fruition.
Umran Malik may or may not have read Dale Steyn’s tweet – doesn’t matter much. But this is a

Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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