Umran Malik Jaise Hamaare Domestic Cricket Mein Bhare Pade Hain; We Have 12-15 Bowlers Who Can Bowl 155KPH
Umran Malik has been a great addition to the pace battery of team India in the recent series. After a successful Indian T20 League 2022 with the Hyderabad franchise, Umran Malik became a sensation. His sheer pace has been the talk of the town since his debut in the international arena.
Umran has been spoken of highly by not only former cricketers but some of the legendary pacers in world cricket. Having been mentored by the one and only Dale Steyn at Sunrisers Hyderabad and receiving solid backing from none other than the great Wasim Akram, Umran has rapidly caught everyone’s attention. Even Brett Lee, one of the fastest bowlers of all time, compared Umran to a Ferrari and was shocked at his omission from India’s T20 World Cup squad.
However, amid all this pomp, Pakistan pacer Sohail Khan has come up with yet another bizarre take, this time on Umran, saying that although the 23-year-old is a promising talent, ‘bowlers like him’ are very common in Pakistan’s domestic cricket structure.
Sohail Khan shared a statement over Umran Malik on Twitter that has now gone viral. However, fans remained confused as they failed to diagnose who this Sohail Khan is. However, he might be the cricketer who has played for the Men in Green. Sohail Khan said: “Umran Malik is a good bowler and I’ve seen him bowl. But we have 12-15 bowlers in Pakistan who play tape ball cricket and can bowl 155KPH.” Speaking of the career of Sohail Khan, he has played nine Tests where he has picked 27 wickets in 17 innings. Then, in 13 ODIs and 5 T20Is, Sohail Khan took 19 wickets and five wickets respectively.
Speaking about Umran Malik’s performance so far in 2023, he took seven wickets in the three-match T20I home series against Sri Lanka. Then, Umran Malik took five wickets in two ODIs against the Lankans at home. After that, he played only one ODI against the Kiwis where Umran took one wicket for 52 runs. In the recently concluded T20I series, Umran Malik took two wickets in two matches.
Here is how fans have reacted to the comment by Sohail Khan on Twitter:
Umran Malik jaise hamaare domestic cricket mein bhare pade hain
“I feel this Umran Malik guy is a good bowler. I’ve seen 1-2 matches. He runs fast and has kept other things is check as well. But if you think of fast bowlers with speed in excess of over 150-155 kph, I can count 12-15 players right now who play tape-ball cricket. If you go visit the trails organised by Lahore Qalandars, you’ll find many players,” Sohail said on The Nadir Ali podcast.
“Iske (Umran Malik) jaise toh bohot hain. Domestic cricket bhari padi hai hamaari. (Our domestic setup is filled with bowlers like Umran Malik). When a bowler comes through in our domestic level, he becomes a bonafide bowler. Like Shaheen, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf… these are bowlers who know their stuff. I can give you plenty of names.”
Umran, one of the world’s quickest, has already bowled the fastest delivery by an Indian clocking in 156kph against Sri Lanka, and has been tipped as a threat to Shoaib Akhtar’s record for the fastest delivery of all time.
As of now, Umran Malik has played eight ODIs and T20Is so far for the Men in Blue. In those ODIs, he has taken 13 wickets at an economy of 6.45. In those T20Is, Umran has taken 11 wickets, at an economy of 10.48. So, fans have enjoyed the recent success of this young pacer in these two formats.