Umran Malik, who is currently plying his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), made history Sunday after he bowled a three-wicket maiden over during the final over of their match against Punjab Kings (PBKS). Cricket experts and lovers were in awe of Malik’s skills after the match and one of them was none other than, Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor.
Eventually, Sunrisers Hyderabad won by a margin of seven wickets owing to the 22-year-old who took three wickets in the last over itself. Before Malik, only three other cricketers—Irfan Pathan in 2008, Lasith Malinga in 2009, and Jaidev Unadkat in 2017—were able to achieve this rare feat.
Lok Sabha member Shashi Tharoor commented on Malik’s performance. He tweeted, “We need him in India colours asap. What a phenomenal talent. Blood him before he burns out! Take him to England for the Test match greentop. He and Bumrah bowling in tandem will terrify the Angrez! #UmranMalik”.
We need him in India colours asap. What a phenomenal talent. Blood him before he burns out! Take him to England for the Test match greentop. He and Bumrah bowling in tandem will terrify the Angrez! #UmranMalik https://t.co/T7yLb1JapM
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 17, 2022
Umran Malik delivered a maiden 20th over and struck thrice as he got the wickets of Odean Smith, Rahul Chahar, and Vaibhav Arora to restrict PBKS to 151/10 and end with figures of 4/28. Umran, the young uncapped Indian fast bowler hails from Jammu and Kashmir, has been in a blistering form in IPL 2022.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President KT Rama Rao also praised Umran for his ‘unbelievable’ spell. “What an unbelievable spell full of raw pace #UmranMalik Take a bow young man By far probably the best ever over in IPL,” tweeted KT Rama Rao.
What an unbelievable spell full of raw pace #UmranMalik 🔥👏
Take a bow young man 👍 By far probably the best ever over in IPL pic.twitter.com/nxZdBQyOVv
— KTR (@KTRTRS) April 17, 2022
Umran Malik first made news last year when he bowled the fastest ball in IPL history with a speed of 152.95 kph. He had not even practiced with a leather ball until 2017 when he was spotted by Randhir Singh Manhas, a coach at the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council, who took him under his wing. Now, Malik is considered one of the most promising cricketers in India.