Shoaib Akhtar, the best fast bowler ever to play the game of cricket, has expressed his desire to see India’s Umran Malik break his record of delivering the fastest ball. Akhtar, the right-arm fast bowler holds the record for throwing the ball at a speed of 161.3 kmph. He achieved the feat versus England in 2003 that has not been broken yet.
Umran, the pacer from Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) has been delivering balls over 150 kmph constantly in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). On behalf of his terrific bowling, he has been gathering all attention and got limelight in no time.
The fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir has impressed a lot of people with his deliveries. Moreover, he has become the second-fastest bowler in the history of IPL, bowling at 157 kmph. So far, in 12 matches, Malik has clutched 18 wickets impressively and is the highest wicket-taker of SRH.
Akhtar, talking about Imran, said he would be happy if the Indian cricketer breaks his record. He furthermore stated that he will adore seeing Umran in the national colours.
“I want to see him have a long career. A few days ago, someone was congratulating me as it’s been 20 years since I bowled the fastest delivery but no one has been able to break the record. But I said, ‘There must be someone who can smash this record’. I will be happy if Umran breaks my record. But he needs to ensure that he doesn’t get injured in the process. I want to see him playing for a long stretch without any injuries,”
“I want to see him on the world stage as he belongs there. At present, there are not many people who can cross the 150 kmph mark. We have seen that Umran has been bowling consistently at that pace. I want Umran to that 100-mph mark at the back of his mind. I will be happy if he enters the 100-mph club. But he has to stay away from injuries which can halt his career,”
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