Getting a spark bowler like former Pakistan legendary fast bowler Shuaib Akhtar was one of the biggest aspirations of Indian fans. Someone has finally come to make it a reality- Umran Malik. The 22-year-old fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir is all set to make his debut for India in the T20 series against South Africa starting on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Umran has surprised many, including coach Rahul Dravid, by bowling with astonishing speed on the net. A player throws the fastest ball in world cricket on the net.
It is learned that Umran Malik bowled 163.7 km/h in the Indian team’s net practice. With this, Umran has surpassed even Shuaib Akhtar’s world record. Akhtar bowled the fastest against England in the 2003 ODI World Cup. Its speed was 161.3 km/h.
Umran’s speed on the net is far ahead of this. But as it is a training session, the performance of the Indian player will not be considered a record. Akhtar had earlier said that Umran would break his world record. Umran will become the fastest king if he can bowl a ball like the one on the net against South Africa.
Umran Malik has caught the cricketing world’s attention with his stellar performance for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last IPL. Umran’s ability to bowl consistently over 150 km/h sets him apart from other fast bowlers.
He was also the second-fastest bowler in the tournament. The speed was 157 km/h. Umran was the fastest bowler to reach the final. In the final, the Gujarat Titans’ Loki Ferguson bowled 157.3 km/h against the Rajasthan Royals 157.3 km/h. Umran was also selected as the Emerging Player of the Tournament.
Coach Rahul Dravid is reportedly happy with Umran Malik’s bowling performance on the net. However, it is uncertain whether the player will be included in the playing XI for the first T20I against South Africa on Thursday. Apart from Umran, another newcomer, fast bowler Arshdeep Singh, is awaiting his debut in the series. Arshdeep also bowled brilliantly on the net. Only one of the two is likely to debut in the first T20.