After Umran malik came to fame after impressing everyone with his bowling speed, he has been named as a net bowler for the ICC T20 world cup by the BCCI. Although he is inexperienced, yet he managed to catch the selectors’ eyes with his bowling speed of 150kph.
He played for SRH in three matches where he got the opportunity to show his speed. It was in these matches he stood at the top for achieving the fastest delivery of the season. This was probably the reason he was picked up as net bowler for the ICC T20 world cup.
He was part of the SRH as a net bowler and he got the chance to play in SRH after T Natarajan was tested positive for Corona.
The campaign of the Sun risers Hyderabad ended on Oct 8, However, BCCI asked Umaran malik to stay back in the UAE.
“Yes, he will be staying back with the team as a net bowler. He was impressive in the IPL and we feel it will be a good idea to have the batsmen face him at the nets. It will also be a good exposure for him to bowl to the quality batsmen like Kohli and Rohit,” a source told ANI.
When asked about him becoming a bowler for the fastest delivery, he said that speed came to him naturally and he did not feel that he had to put in the extra effort to come up with the kind of speed he came on that day.
“From the very starting, I used to bowl fast. When I played cricket with Cosco ball, I used to bowl fast then also. We used to play one over matches and I used to run in and bowl fast yorkers. In 2018, U-19 trials came and I was bowling, the selectors saw me. I was bowling with jogger shoes, then my friend gave me spike shoes and I then came into the U-19 team. Then I played Under-23 cricket,” Malik told teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar in a video posted on iplt20.com.
“In 2018, I was practicing regularly. After Under-23, I played Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy. I thank the SRH franchise for giving me an opportunity. Irfan Pathan came and he told me where I can improve. I was scared at first when I had to bowl to Warner and Williamson in the nets. I prayed to God that I just bowl good balls. I kept on learning and this has helped me,” he added.