IPL 2022: Umran Malik Has Made People Run Away By Scaring And Threatening Them – Aakash Chopra

Former India opening batsman Aakash Chopra was highly impressed with the performance of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Umran Malik in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and he showered praise on the express pacer.

Umran, who possesses the ability to bowl consistently at over 150kmph, bagged 22 wickets in 14 IPL 2022 games and finished as the 4th highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Also, he got his maiden India call-up after his sensational performance for the home T20I series against South Africa.

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Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said that Umran Malik leaks a lot of runs when he gets smashed but he also bags “three-four wickets and even a five-wicket haul” when he bowls well.

“First on that list is Umran Malik. His name is about to come up anyway. He is the Jammu Tawi Express. What a fast bowler he is. His ball has sharpness. He has made people run away by scaring and threatening them,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

“He got hit in one or two matches. When he gets hit, he gets hit a lot. Then the dam is broken. 40 runs in four overs. Quite a few times, Kane Williamson didn’t bowl him his entire quota as well, but whenever he has bowled well, he has taken three-four wickets and even a five-wicket haul,” he further added.

This boy will go far – Aakash Chopra on Umran Malik

Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

The cricketer-turned-commentator further said that the Jammu and Kashmir express pacer made improvements in his bowling as the tournament progressed and although he was conceding runs he was still bowling good line and length. Chopra also said that Umran has a very bright future ahead.

“Of course, everyone will talk about his pace because he has that. But what I liked about him was that when he started, he was spraying the ball around. The ball was going everywhere if he saw the bee-hive. As the tournament progressed, the bee-hive started coming closer,” Chopra explained.

“His bowling became more well-directed. He conceded runs later also, but it was not because he was bowling wide. The batters play well at times, using the pace well, which does happen. But this boy will go far,” Chopra concluded.

Umran Malik
Umran Malik. Image: IPL/BCCI

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