Sunrisers Hyderabad young pace sensation Umran Malik has been receiving praises from all corners for his terrific performances and raw pace in the ongoing 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League. The 22-year-old from Jammu City has been consistently delivering above the speed of 100mph in the ongoing season of IPL.
On May 5, during the game against Delhi Capitals, Umran Malik touched the 157kmph mark. Earlier, he picked his maiden fifer against Gujarat Titans on April 27. He has impressed one and all with his superb show for the Orange Army in the ongoing season of the cash-rich league. His raw pace has garnered widespread attention and several fans and cricketers are like are calling out for his inclusion in the Indian cricket team.
Shoaib Akhtar on Umran Malik Breaking His Record:
Meanwhile, former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, who is hailed as one of the fastest bowlers of all time, has backed the Indian youngster to break his long-standing record of touching the 161.3 kmph mark.
In an interview with a cricket-based website, Shoaib Akhtar backed Umran Malik, however, in his own trademark style. While he admitted that he will be happy if Umran breaks his long-standing record, he also took a hilarious dig at the Indian speedster. He said:
“For the first time I have seen someone who is bowling 150kmph + consistently and I will be happy if he (Umran) breaks my record (of fastest delivery). Tode, jarur tode, and bagiar apne ko tode huae tode, (break, definitely break, but not yourself). I want to see his long career. Only a few days back, someone was saying to me that it has been 20 years and your record is still not broken. But I believe records are meant to be broken and I will be happy if he (Umran) does that. “
The Pakistani veteran warned Umran not to break his bones in order to try and bowl as fast as he could. He said: “I just hope he remains fit and doesn’t get injured and keeps on playing a lot of cricket. He should stay away from the injury that could halt his career.”
Umran Malik For Indian Cricket Team?
Akhtar also expressed that he wants to see the youngster play for the Indian cricket team in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup that will take place in Australia later this year. He said: “I want to see him on the world stage because that is where he belongs to. I definitely want him to keep this 100mph mark in his mind and join that special club.”