Umran Malik bowled the fastest delivery of IPL 2022 when he clocked 154 kph in the 10th over against the Chennai Super Kings in Pune on Sunday.
It was a full ball on the stumps which was driven down the ground for four by CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad. The Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer clocked 154 kmph again in the 19th over, a yorker to MS Dhoni which was dug out for a single. Malik finished with figures of 4-0-48-0, conceding 33 of those runs to Gaikwad. His expensive spell came a game after he had his best performance.
The SRH speedster had bagged his maiden IPL five-for in the match against Gujarat Titans at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Malik’s spell of 4-0-25-5 – the best of IPL 2022 so far – rattled Gujarat’s top and middle-order in the 196-run chase. Malik’s delivery to get rid of Wriddhiman Saha, who struck 68 off 38 balls, was clocked at 152.8 kph.
“Umran will play international cricket, no doubt about that. He bowls at 150kmph consistently, and nobody else is doing that in the world right now, maybe Lockie Ferguson is the other guy who does it, but they are very different bowlers. But from an Indian point of view, he is the only guy that consistently bowls over 145-150kmph every single ball, so he will play for India. But how India manages him is completely up to them,” SRH fast bowling coach Dale Steyn had told Sportstar.