Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)
Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: May 29th, 2022 at 06:53 pm

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) express pacer Umran Malik has said that he has been bowling pretty quick from the start of his cricketing career and his express pace is “god-gifted and natural”. He also said that the batters get scared while facing fast deliveries.

Umran Malik impressed everyone with his ability to bowl the deliveries consistently at over 150kmph in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and he emerged as one of the most successful pacers in the tournament with 22 wickets under his belt in 14 games.

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Umran Malik (Image Credits: IPL)
Umran Malik (Image Credits: IPL)

In an interview with NDTV, Umran said that he feels good to get the recognition after a successful run in the IPL. He was also delighted to earn praise from great cricketers.

“It feels really good when people recognise your efforts. So many people have come to my house and congratulated me. Also, so many great players have praised me. It feels really good,” said Umran, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir.

“From the start of my career, I have been bowling fast. It is God-gifted and natural. I like to bowl fast. I like taking wickets because if I take wickets, my team will win. When I don’t take wickets, I like to bowl in right areas. Batters also get scared, when you bowl fast. That also feels good,” he said.

I was nicknamed Ghajini – Umran Malik

Umran Malik
Umran Malik. Image: IPL/BCCI

The right-arm pacer added that during his days in tennis ball cricket in Jammu and Kashmir he was nicknamed Ghajini due to his hairstyle like Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.

 “At that time, I was nicknamed Ghajini, because I done my hairstyle like in the movie (Aamir Khan essayed the character of the protagonist). Then I played U-19 cricket and after that got chance in the IPL In Jammu and Kashmir you will get a lot of bowlers who bowl at 130-140 kmph speed,” Umran said.

Umran Malik also said that the Sunrisers Hyderabad batter Abdul Samad and former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan have helped him a lot.

“I got help from Abdul Samad (fellow SRH and Jammu and Kashmir player). Also Irfan Pathan helped me a lot. He was the mentor of the Jammu and Kashmir team. I used to send him my videos and he suggested a few changes in my bowling,” he added.

Umran got his maiden India call-up after his sensational performance in the Indian Premier League 2022 for the home T20I series against South Africa. While talking about the series the Jammu and Kashmir express pacer said that he is hoping to deliver a good performance for the team.

“I hope to give my best for the team. Hopefully, we will win all five matches,” he said.

Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)
Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)

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