Umran Malik, the speed sensation for Sunrisers Hyderabad, has taken the Indian Premier League (IPL) by storm in 2022. Only two days ago, the 22-year-old set a new IPL record by bowling the fastest ball by an Indian player, hitting 157 kph against Delhi Capitals. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, on the other hand, believes that these records are irrelevant in T20 cricket as long as he can get the ball in the appropriate spots.

Shastri delivered a severe warning to Umran before the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and SRH, telling Star Sports that if he fails to channel the ball in the appropriate spots, the deliveries would be struck with twice the strength, rendering his scorching rapid deliveries useless.

“He will play for India very soon but if you don’t get it right that 156 will go for 256 off the bat. And that is exactly what is happening. The pace is good, but you have to get it in your mind that you have to put it in the right areas. Otherwise, just hold yourself back and use that space sparingly to surprise the batter. Those kinds of thoughts should go to your mind.

“If you don’t get it right, you are going to fetch and fetch big time. It goes off the bat at 250 to 300 speed! The pitches will slow up as the tournament progresses and it has become more batting friendly now so has got to get it right. I’m seeing the media and everywhere it says 156, 157 – it doesn’t matter in this format. You have to get it in the right areas and he has it. If he attacks the stumps he will be far more consistent. 156, 157 – very good – but channelise it in the right direction,” he said.