Despite his team Sunrisers Hyderabad placing ninth in the 10-team Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2022, Umran Malik’s incredible speed made him one of the outstanding performers. The 22-year-old was consistently hitting 150 kph in games and held the tournament record for the fastest delivery, a 157 kph scorcher, until Lockie Ferguson broke it in the final.

This sparked speculation that Umran could break Shoaib Akhtar’s world record for the quickest ball ever recorded. Shoaib had bowled a 161.3 kmph delivery against England in a 2003 World Cup match. Umran was backed by the former Pakistan bowler to shatter the mark.

Umran, on the other hand, has stated that his sole concentration is on helping India defeat South Africa in the upcoming five-match T20I series, for which he has been called up for the first time.

“Right now, I’m not focused on that album. I want to bowl well, in the proper locations, and contribute to my country winning all five matches against South Africa. To preserve my body and strength, I want to keep it at 150 or above “News24 Sports spoke with Umran.

Umran credited Abdul Samad, a member of his state team, with assisting him in bowling at the pace he does. Both guys have been practising since they were children and currently play for SRH in the Indian Premier League.

“Abul was a huge inspiration to me. When I used to bowl to him, he would often tell me that I was bowling too slowly. As a result, I’d deliver at a faster speed. The gym and good workout then assisted me in this “Umran remarked.