Umran Malik
Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)

Umran Malik, a young Indian pacer, and Haris Rauf, a dynamic Pakistani fast bowler, have been two of the finest bowlers in international cricket right now who have frequently reached the 150 kmph threshold on the speedometer. The two pacers have also been regularly contrasted with one another as the record held by renowned bowler Shoaib Akhtar approaches.

The conversation was abruptly ended by Pakistani legend Aaqib Javed with a scathing “Virat Kohli” remark because he saw no use in continuing it.

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Umran Malik
Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)

Difference Between Umran Malik And Haris Rauf Same As Difference Between Virat Kohli And Other Batters: Aaqib Javed

Haris’ fastest delivery to date was the 159 kmph thunderbolt he threw against England in the T20 World Cup last year. The quickest bowler the Indian nation has ever seen, a 23-year-old, reached a speed of 157 kmph during an Indian Premier League match, and his top speed in an international match is 156 kmph.

When asked to comment on the Umran vs. Haris argument by Events & Happenings Sports, Javed said that comparing the two men is comparable to comparing Virat Kohli with the rest of the world’s batters, equating the famous Indian batter to the Pakistani bowler in this context.

Umran Malik Of India. PC- Getty
Umran Malik Of India. PC- Getty

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According to Javed, the goal should be to constantly reach the 150 kmph mark during a match rather than beating Akhtar’s record. The World Cup-winning pacer noted that, in contrast to Haris, Umran typically begins with that tempo but, by the seventh or eighth over, it gets dropped to 138 kmph.

“Umran Malik is not as trained and fit as Haris Rauf. If you look at him in ODIs, in his first spell he bowls around 150 kmph but by the 7th or 8th over the speed drops to 138 kmph. The difference is the same as it is between Kohli and the rest of the batters. He (Haris) is very disciplined with his diet, training and his lifestyle.

Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf. Image: Twitter

I have not seen a single Pakistan bowler who has a diet like Haris. No one has a clear lifestyle like him. Bowling 160 kmph is not a big deal for me, but bowling at the same speed throughout the match is very crucial,” he said.

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