Indian pacer Umran Malik has some high hopes that he can break Pakistan legendary speedster Shoaib Akhtar’s record of bowling the fastest-ever delivery in international cricket. The right-arm pacer revealed that he doesn’t check his pace during matches. He said that his focus is always on delivering his best for the team.
Umran Malik believes he can shatter the record
It has been noted that Akhtar holds the record for bowling the fastest-ever delivery in international cricket – 161 kmph in an ODI vs New Zealand in 2002. In a recent interview, Malik told News 24:
“If I do well, and if I’m lucky, I’ll break that (Shoaib Akhtar’s record). But I don’t think about it at all. Right now, I’m only thinking about performing well for the country.”
“You don’t get to realize how fast you’ve bowled during the match. It’s only when we come back after the game when we get to know how fast I was. During the game, my only focus is on bowling in the right areas and picking up wickets.”
The 23-year-old recently impressed during the ODI series in New Zealand, picking up seven wickets in four games. Malik is capable of bowling consistently at a speed of 150+kmph. He has been included in India’s squad for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka. He will likely be seen in action in the first T20I at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, January 3. Pune and Rajkot will host the remaining T20Is on January 5 and 7, respectively.