In his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Umran Malik clocked 151.03 kmph on Sunday (October 3), which is the fastest bowled by an Indian in the ongoing IPL 2021. Fast ball. Malik came into the SRH playing XI in place of pacer Sandeep Sharma and impressed everyone with his raw pace in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Dubai.
KKR and New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has bowled the fastest ball of IPL 2021 so far at a speed of 152.75 kmph. Meanwhile, Mohammad Siraj was the fastest Indian bowler in the IPL with a speed of 145.97 kmph.
21-year-old Malik was included as the short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan, who tested positive on September 22 ahead of Hyderabad’s encounter against Delhi Capitals. Umran, who as one was part of the Hyderabad Dal. The net bowler has played one T20 and List A match for Jammu and Kashmir and has taken a total of four wickets.
Today, Sunrisers Hyderabad team congratulates Umran Malik on his IPL debut. You have made entire Jammu and Kashmir proud. You are an inspiration to many young cricketers. Best wishes for your future cricket career. pic.twitter.com/Aau4ZcGNKh
— Office of LG J&K (@OfficeOfLGJandK) 3 October 2021
Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson In the toss, the right-arm fast bowler was described as an ‘exciting talent’. “It is an unfortunate situation, but with the development of players, there is a lot to be achieved in tough conditions, especially against a team like Kolkata. Umran Malik has come in place of Sandeep Sharma to improve the balance in the team. He is an exciting fast bowling talent,” he said.
Although Hyderabad lost the match against Kolkata by 6 wickets, Williamson also praised the young cricketer in his post-match presentation. “He (Malik) has been bowling really fast in the nets and it is really good for him to get a chance today.
SRH, who are currently at the bottom of the IPL 2021 points table with just two wins from 12 matches, have already crashed out of the race for the playoffs.