Fast bowler Umran Malik impressed during his IPL debut with Sunrisers Hyderabad.© IPL
Jammu and Kashmir pacer Umran Malik has been asked to stay in UAE as a net bowler for the Indian team for the T20 World Cup after making his illustrious IPL debut with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Within a few months, Umran’s life has changed. With just two senior level home matches before the start of the IPL, the 21-year-old has impressed skipper Virat Kohli so much that he has been called up as a net bowler with the Indian team. Umran impressed many with his raw pace while playing for SRH this season and consistently bowled at 150 kmph.
He also bowled the fastest ball of IPL at a speed of 153 kmph. Umran’s father is the owner of a fruit shop.
A source close to the SRH franchise told PTI on condition of anonymity, “Yes, Umar is staying back as he will join Team India’s bubble as a net bowler.”
In his first IPL season, the pacer took two wickets in three matches. His team finished last in the SRH standings. Umran also praised Indian captain Kohli.
“This tournament brings forth talent every year, it’s good to see a guy bowling 150 clicks. It’s important to understand the progress of individuals from here,” Kohli said earlier this week.
“The fast bowlers being strong is always a good sign for Indian cricket and whenever you see talent like this, you have your eyes on them and make sure you maximize their potential which is already there in the IPL. level is being looked at.” ” she added.
India will start their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on 24 October.
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