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Umran Malik’s fastest ball: A 157 kmph delivery that no Indian could match

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Umran Malik’s fastest ball is a 157 kmph delivery that he bowled in an Indian T20 League game against Delhi on May 5, 2022.

The Jammu and Kashmir pacer, considered a bright talent for the future in the Indian national cricket team, bowled his record delivery in the final over of his spell.

This performance was an improvement on the 153.3 kmph delivery he bowled against Gujarat on April 11. Malik had also bowled a 153.1 kmph delivery against Chennai in their previous match. Bowling the first ball of his second over, Umran Malik touched the 153 mark and his delivery hit the pads of Ambati Rayudu on leg side. An appeal for LBW was made but an inside edge saw Rayudu survive at the crease.

The buzz around Umran Malik’s fastest ball in the Indian T20 League started gaining strength initially in the Indian T20 League 2021 match against Bangalore. The speedster bowled three consecutive deliveries (150 kmph, 151.9 kmph, 153 kmph) that clocked above the 150kmph mark in the ninth over of the match, and second over of his spell.

It was in this fixture that Umran Malik’s fastest ball in Indian T20 League was registered at the 153kmph mark for the first time.

Umran Malik made an impressive Indian T20 League debut in 2021, clocking the fastest ball bowled by an Indian in that edition of the tournament with a 151.09 kmph ripper. This figure beat the previous record of 145.97 kmph that was held by Mohammed Siraj.

Recently, the Hyderabad star grabbed the headlines for his four wicket-maiden against Punjab. In that very game, Malik clocked 152.6 kmph with his attempted yorker delivery at Liam Livingstone ending up to be a low full-toss.

Umran Malik’s fastest ball

Date Team Opposition Speed
May 5, 2022 Hyderabad Delhi 157 kmph
May 5, 2022 Hyderabad Delhi 156 kmph
May 1, 2022 Hyderabad Chennai 154 kmph
April 11, 2022 Hyderabad Gujarat 153.3 kmph
April 9, 2022 Hyderabad Chennai 153.1 kmph
October 6, 2021 Hyderabad Bangalore 153 kmph
April 27, 2022 Hyderabad Gujarat 152.9 kmph
April 17, 2022 Hyderabad Punjab 152.6 kmph
April 4, 2022 Hyderabad Lucknow 152.4 kmph
April 9, 2022 Hyderabad Chennai 152.3 kmph
October 8, 2021 Hyderabad Mumbai 152 kmph
October 6, 2021 Hyderabad Bangalore 151.9 kmph
April 4, 2022 Hyderabad Lucknow 151.8 kmph
October 6, 2021 Hyderabad Bangalore 151.7 kmph

In comparison to the fastest balls ever bowled in the Indian T20 League, Umran Malik overtook Anrich Nortje to go second on the overall list, which is spearheaded by former Australian speedster Shaun Tait.

Fastest balls bowled in Indian T20 League

Bowler Team Speed Year
Shaun Tait Rajasthan 157.71 kmph 2011
Umran Malik Hyderabad 157 kmph 2022
Anrich Nortje Delhi 156.2 kmph 2020
Umran Malik Hyderabad 156 kmph 2022
Dale Steyn Deccan 154.40 kmph 2012

Author: William Paul

Featured photo: Twitter / Umran Malik

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