Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) regulator Umran Malik has been selected to stay back in the UAE to be alongside Team India as a net bowler during their T20 World Cup campaign.
The 21-year-old player from Srinagar kicked Indian cricket in a storm after displaying his raw speed in the three games he played in the defective SRH season. Umran Malik clocked a speed of 152.95 kph in one of the games, currently the record for the fastest distribution of the season.
The selectors have decided to choose Umran Malik as a net bowler so that Indian batters can better practice for playing high speed bowling. This also gives the youngster the opportunity to share the dressing room with the Indian players and learn from the faster regulator.
“Yes, he will stay back with the team as a net bowler. He was impressive in the IPL and we feel it will be a good idea to get the batters to face him at the nets. It will also be a good exposure for him to bow to the quality batsmen like Kohli and Rohit, ”a source told ANI.
From the very beginning, I used to bow fast: Umran Malik
Umran Malik picked up two wickets in three IPL matches and upset some batters with his faster balls; he even hit Suryakumar Yadav on the helmet with a sharp short ball.
The right-arm regulator recently talked about his journey – from street cricket to under-19s to under-23s.
“From the outset, I used to bow fast. When I played cricket with Cosco ball, I used to bowl fast then too. We used to play one over games and I used to run in and bowl fast workers. In 2018, U-19 trials came and I was bowling, the selectors saw me. I bowled with jogging shoes, then my friend gave me some jogging shoes and then I joined the under-19 team. Then I played under-23 cricket, ”Umran Malik told teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar in a video posted on iplt20.com.
He also talked about Irfan Pathan’s role in his development and how he felt when bowling to the likes of David Warner and Kane Williamson in the nets.
“In 2018, I was practicing regularly. After Under-23, I played Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy. Thanks to the SRH franchise for giving me a chance. Irfan Pathan came and told me where I can improve. I was scared at first when I had to bow to Warner and Williamson in the nets. I prayed to God that I was just bowling good balls. I continued to learn and this has helped me, ”he added.
SRH had a disappointing tournament but management would be happy to see a speedy regulator come up.
India will challenge Pakistan at their opening meeting on October 24 in Dubai. They will then meet New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two other teams that will qualify from Round 1 in the Super 12 stage.
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