Speed comes naturally to me, and I am my own role model: SRH Pacer Umran Malik. Umran spoke to NDTV about his speed, Dale Steyn, his favorite wicket, and his desire to represent his country.
Malik, a 22-year-old SunRisers Hyderabad pacer, has impressed everyone with his ability to deliver quick deliveries, and he consistently bowls in the 145-150kmph range. Umran has made such an impression that several Indian legends have already stated that he will play for Team India. Malik has taken 9 wickets in 6 games so far in the ongoing IPL 2022 season. Umran opened up to NDTV about his dream of playing for Team India and how bowling fast comes naturally to him.
“Speed is something that comes naturally to me. This year, I’m focusing on hitting the right spots. Used to bowl really fast. I serve as my own role model. Used to jump out when Irfan Pathan came to train us, and I was pretty erratic; I couldn’t bowl in one area consistently. But when he arrived, I stopped jumping out of my skin and began to find the right rhythm. Simply want to make Jammu and Kashmir and the entire country proud. I just want to do well “According to Umran Malik of NDTV.
“I have to perform, and seeing cricketers tweet about me made me very proud. It’s great to see such big legends tweeting about me; they must have seen something in me to tweet about me. Right now, the best bowlers in the world are Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar “He continued.
My parents have never discouraged me from participating in cricket. : Umran Malik
When asked about his family’s support for him pursuing his passion for cricket, Umran stated: “My parents have never discouraged me from participating in cricket. My parents have always been there for me. I used to play until 2 a.m. at night in COSCO tournaments, but my family never said anything to discourage me. My parents were completely confident in me. My sisters have also been extremely supportive.”
Umran Malik’s delivery that rattled the stumps of Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Shreyas Iyer sparked a lot of discussion among cricket fans. Dale Steyn, the SRH fast-bowling coach, jumped in the dugout with Muttiah Muralitharan to celebrate the wicket.
When asked about his state of mind while delivering the perfect yorker, the SRH pacer said: “I noticed Shreyas Iyer trying to make space and hit a lofted shot. At the back, I had two players. If I had bowled a yorker, either it would have been a dot ball or I would have given up a single. He made a little extra room, and I was about to bowl a normal delivery when I noticed the extra space he had created, so I bowled a yorker. He was then fired, and the plan was a success.”
It’s a great feeling to be working alongside such a big legend (Dale Steyn) : Umran
He’s been a big player, and working alongside him has given me a lot of motivation and taught me a lot “he added
Umran picked up four wickets in the last game against the Punjab Kings, finishing with figures of 4-28. Malik went on to take three wickets on his own in the final over of the PBKS innings, one of which was a run-out, making the over a four-wicket maiden.
Umran had this to say about Kane Williamson’s leadership: “When I bowl, I create my own playing field. He never says anything, even if I get hit for a four or a six. I have two favorite wickets this year. The first is Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), who hit me for 20 runs in my first over, and the second is Shreyas Iyer.”
“Every bowler wishes to be able to bowl in any situation. I’m bowling in the middle overs because someone has to bowl in the middle phase, and I’m enjoying that role. I am ready to bowl whenever the team needs me to “he added
SunRisers Hyderabad have eight points from six games and face Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.