Umran Malik selected as team India’s net bowler for T20 WC

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 9: Jammu and Kashmir pacer Umran Malik has been selected as team India’s net bowler for the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held at United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
Malik has now been playing for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League-2021 edition and he also ended up recording the fastest delivery of the season.
“Yes, he will be staying back with the team as net bowler. He was impressive in the IPL and we feel it will be a good idea to have the batsmen faces him at the nets. It will also be a good exposure for him to bowl to the quality batsmen of the Indian team,” said sources while wishing anonymity.
Earlier, pace sensation Malik had said that bowling fast comes naturally to him and ever since the starting, he has bowled quickly to disrupt the batters’ concentration.
SRH pacer Umran Malik clocked 153 kph to bowl the fastest delivery during an IPL match against RCB. Malik achieved this feat in the 4th delivery of the ninth over against Devdutt Padikkal.
“From the very start, I used to bowl fast. When I played cricket with Cosco ball, I used to bowl fast then also. We used to play one over matches and I used to run in and bowl fast Yorkers,” said Malik while talking with teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar during an IPL match.
“In 2018, I was practicing regularly. After Under-23, I played Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy. I thank the SRH franchise for giving me an opportunity. Irfan Pathan came and he told me where I can improve. I was scared at first when I had to bowl to Warner and Williamson in the nets. I prayed to God that I just bowl good balls. I kept on learning and this has helped me,” he added.