Umran Malik gives blunt response on question about Shoaib Akhtar’s fastest delivery record, ‘I don’t think’
Team India’s new sensation Umran Malik enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2022. The pacer impressed one and all with his sensational performances during the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League before he made his debut for the Indian cricket team in T20Is and ODIs. He got everyone talking about his raw pace and amazing bowling skills.Malik said he doesn’t think about records and wants to do well for India
Due to his brilliant speeds, the pacer is often compared with Akhtar. The former Pakistan pace spearhead holds the record for the fastest delivery in international cricket with 161.3 kph against New Zealand in 2002.Umran Malik gives blunt response on question about Shoaib Akhtar’s fastest delivery record ‘I don’t think about it’
During an exclusive interview with News 24, pacer Umran was asked whether he aims to break Akhtar’s long-standing record. On this, the young speedster from Jammu & Kashmir gave a straightforward reply. Malik said he doesn’t think about records and wants to do well for India.Umran is also a part of the T20I and ODI squads for the series against Sri Lanka, which begins on January 3.
“Right now, I’m only thinking about performing well for the country. If I do well, and if I’m lucky, I’ll break that. But I don’t think about it at all,” said Umran to News24 during a recent interaction.
“You don’t get to realise how fast you’ve bowled during the match. It’s only when we come back after the game when we get to know how fast I was. During the game, my only focus is on bowling in the right areas and picking wickets,” he added.
Umran last played for India last month during the ODI series against Bangladesh. The speedster is widely seen among the probables for the ODI World Cup in 2023, scheduled to take place in India later this year. Umran will continue to appear for the Sunrisers in the 2023 edition of the IPL.Umran Malik gives blunt response on question about Shoaib Akhtar’s fastest delivery record ‘I don’t think about it’
However, Umran is also a part of the T20I and ODI squads for the series against Sri Lanka, which begins on January 3.
India’s squad fir Sri Lanka T20Is: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav (Vice Captain), Ishan Kishan (WK), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (WK), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh(Bowler), Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar.
India’s squad for Sri Lanka ODIs: Rohit Sharma (captain), Hardik Pandya (vice captain), Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj(Bowler), Umran Malik, and Arshdeep Singh.