Umran Malik is fast emerging as a tearaway fast bowler in the spectrum of IPL 2022. The
22-year-old pacer draws plaudits from star cricketers, experts and commentators
for his ability to generate sheer pace and bowl with brilliant control over the release.

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Playing for
SunRisers Hyderabad, the Jammu born fast bowler earned fame in the IPL in the
last couple of seasons for his ability to clock above 145+ kph regularly. Umran Malik is being considered a brilliant young prospect to take over
the reins from the existing top-class pace attack of the Indian cricket team in near future.

On Friday
evening, the youngster dished out a perfect example of his ability in a format
where batters mostly rule the game. In the 10th over of Kolkata Knight Riders
innings, Umran Malik unleashed a delivery that clocked 145 kph to castle KKR captain Shreyas Iyer with a terrific yorker.

Put into the bat
first, KKR lost three quick wickets. As Iyer tried to rebuild the innings Umran
Malik rattled him with pace and length. The dismissal made legendary South
African pace bowler Dale Steyn, who was sitting in the SRH dugout, excited.

Earlier, Dale
had praised Umran Malik during a Q&A session on Twitter, insisting
that the youngster has huge potential and that he could be the next big thing,
given he adds variations to his bowling.

“Never lose
pace. Anyone can bowl 130/135,” Steyn said about Umran Malik when a fan asked
the former South African speedster for his advice to the youngster.

“But yes, some
variety in his skills will take him a long way forward.”

Earlier in the
game, SRH skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to field against KKR
in the 25th match of IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.

SRH made a brilliant
start in the game, with Marco Jansen dismissing KKR’s debutant Aaron Finch
early in the innings. T Natarajan, then, picked two quick wickets of Venkatesh
Iyer (6) and Sunil Narine (6) to put the Knight Riders in trouble before Iyer
and Rana stitched a 39-run stand.

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The SRH had made
a poor start to the 2022 IPL campaign with two successive losses (to Rajasthan
Royals and Lucknow Super Giants but turned things around with back-to-back wins
over Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans