Virat Kohli, Umran Malik
Virat Kohli, Umran Malik. (Photo: IPL)

RCB skipper Virat Kohli was full of praise for Umran Malik after the latter put on a great display of bowling on Wednesday. Malik managed to clock 150 kmph on a consistent basis and even reached as high as 152.9 kmph on the speed gun.

He is playing his second match in the IPL and Kohli is known to favor fast bowlers, unlike MS Dhoni who prefers the spinners. Kohli said that the precious talent of Malik needs to be nurtured well in the future.

Umran Malik
Umran Malik. Credits: IPL

[Umran Malik] good to see a guy bowling at 150 clicks. It’s important to understand the progress of individuals from here, how to look after yourself. We’ve got to maximize the potential of our fast bowling stocks,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“Umran Malik has been a really valuable addition to the side” – Kane Williamson

SRH skipper Kane Williamson also had words of encouragement for the upcoming youngster. Malik was added to the squad in place of T Natarajan after the latter caught covid-19. He has been great since making his debut for the Hyderabad franchise.

Kane Williamson

Umran certainly is special. We’ve seen him in the nets for a couple of seasons. Special opportunity for him and it’s not surprising to see him come and do well. Been a really valuable addition to the side,” Williamson added.

Malik finished with figures of 1/21 in four overs. He picked up his maiden wicket in the IPL when he dismissed Srikar Bharat down the leg side. He also managed to trouble the set batsman, Glenn Maxwell, a couple of times with his raw pace.

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