Navi Mumbai, April 17: “Umran Malik continues to learn and show improvement. That is most encouraging,” said former West Indies pacemaker Ian Bishop’s tweet of Malik shining for Sunrisers Hyderabad on a hot Sunday afternoon at DY Patil Stadium against Punjab Kings .
If Bhuvneshwar Kumar made use of his experience and variations to get three wickets, Malik thrived on outright pace, keeping the speed weapon busy and taking four wickets to play a crucial hand to keep Punjab at 151.
With Malik, it’s a double-edged sword: his high pace can be used by hitters to get limits like Liam Livingstone did (highlights the uppercut on the third man). But at the same time, pace can be used to bounce hitters or shake stumps, which happened on all four of his scalps as he gave up 28 runs on slow pitch.
Getting into steam on a scorching Navi Mumbai afternoon with a fast pace is something the Jammu native is used to. “In Jammu, it usually gets to 47 or 48 degrees, so it doesn’t matter (in the heat), it’s actually nice to play in this heat,” Malik said during the announcers’ innings break.
Since the match against Kolkata Knight Riders, where he hit Shreyas Iyer’s stumps with a yorker and got Dale Steyn, Hyderabad’s rhythm bowling coach, out of his seat, Malik has bowled with better control, mixing it with his rhythm , making life difficult for batsmen in the crease, seen from him dribbling past Jitesh Sharma and Odean Smith.
“I think I’ve improved my line and my length in the last couple of days, the plan was to keep it full and straight, and in that channel just outside. In that over (eighth), I hadn’t hit a keeper and it was my idea to throw it into him. body. I was thinking that if I threw against his body with speed, he would hit it to go high. That’s what happened. For the second (Smith), I wanted to catch the ball since I’m also a good fielder (laughs).” Malik stated.
In a sensational final, after eliminating Smith, Malik tore off the stumps of Rahul Chahar and Vaibhav Arora in fantastic fashion. The thing that stood out most about the back-to-back layoffs was the pacing, packed and shot at the stumps, making people say ‘wow, unplayable.’
Chahar and Arora won’t be the only people during and after the game to say that Malik’s pace is too fast to handle. His teammate in Hyderabad, New Zealand goalkeeper Glenn Phillips, said similar things. “He’s absolutely fast. Facing him at the nets is a nightmare. I have my chest protector on so I don’t get hurt. Imagine what those balls (in the game) will feel like out there.” Another teammate abroad, South African Aiden Markram, is relieved not to be on the opposition side to take on Malik and his ferocious bowling. “He’s been on fire this tournament. I certainly love being on the same team as him so I don’t have to face him in the middle of matches. He’s really growing from game to game and a lot of credit goes to him.” game by game attitude.” Markram also noted Malik’s quest to learn and become better off the cricket ground. “Also, for the work done by the management and Dale Steyn, it’s great to have him in our arsenal. He gives 120% every time he plays and asks great questions off the field about how to improve. He has been great. for us so far and I have no doubt that he will continue to improve and try to bowl fast which is an exciting time for us and for Indian cricket in the future. If the batsmen feel that Malik and his ferocious pace will give them sleepless nights, there’s a message for them: the right-arm speedster is adding more to his arsenal.
“Today I also tried one or two slower balls, which worked out well. I’m throwing slower balls, yorkers and I’m trying to throw longer lengths instead of throwing backwards because I want the hitter to play forward,” he said. Malik. after choosing your ‘Man of the Match’ award.
For someone who started playing hardball cricket just three years ago and came in as a Covid-19 replacement for quick left-arm T. Natrajan in the Hyderabad squad at the 2021 IPL in the UAE, it’s been a surprising rise for Malik.
“Our job is to scare batsmen (laughs). Until 2018/19, I used to play tennis ball cricket. I’ve been playing hardball for the last three years. I practiced regularly and then I used to practice together (Abdul) Samad . He had said about the net shooter needed for the franchise. From there, the journey slowly began.” If all goes well and injuries don’t hamper his cricketing journey, expect Malik to continue making giant strides in the bowling universe.