Impressed with the pace sensation Umran Malik who sent the IPL’s fast delivery against his franchise, India captain Virat Kohli said the Jammu and Kashmir youth need to be monitored.
The 21-year-old from Jammu excited everyone with his raw speed and covered 152.95 km in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Wednesday. Kohli was focused and very excited with what he saw.
“This tournament increases talent every year. It is good for one person to bowl at 150 clicks. It is important to understand the progress of the people from here on out,” Kohli said in a post-match performance after losing his post by four runs.
“The strength of a group of fast bowlers is always a good sign for Indian cricket and whenever you see such talent, you are going to focus on them and make sure you increase their potential which is already visible at the IPL level,” he added.
Umran made his IPL debut with the Kolkata Knight Riders and reached a speed of 151.03 kmph, the fastest delivery by an Indian this season. His 152.95 kmph ginger last night made him the fastest in the IPL, surpassing Lucky Ferguson (152.75 kmph).
SRH captain Kane Williamson was considered one of the most positive aspects of the season, most frustrating for his team.
“Umran is definitely special. We’ve seen him in the nets a few seasons. It’s a special opportunity for him and it’s not surprising that he came and did well. (He has) a really valuable addition to the side,” Williamson said.
“I tried to keep it very simple with him, but he had a lot of teammates and they shared the message and he started the game,” he added.
The youth started modestly but rose through the ranks. His father owned a small fruit shop in the Gujjar Nagar area of Jammu.
In his T20 debut, he scored 3/24 against Railways, including the loss of former India wicketkeeper Karn Sharma.