Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has said that Umran Mallik was very impressive with his pace in IPL and made the batters run away by scaring and threatening him. Chopra also added that Umran improved his accuracy as the competition progressed and his bowling became well-directed.
Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik was one of the youngsters to give a superb performance in the IPL 2022. The 22-year old fast bowler was praised for his express pace in the tournament by many former cricketers and pundits. Umran also bowled a 157 kph delivery against Delhi Capitals. He has also earned a maiden call-up to the team for the upcoming T20I series in South Africa.
Praising his speed, Aakash Chopra has said that Umran made people run away by scaring and threatening them with pace.
"First on that list is Umran Malik, his name is about to come anyway. He is the Jammu Tawi Express, what a fast bowler he is. His ball has sharpness. He has made people run away by scaring and threatening them," Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
"He got hit in one or two matches, when he gets hit, he gets hit a lot, then the dam is broken, 40 runs in four overs. Quite a few times, Kane Williamson didn't bowl him his entire quota as well but whenever he has bowled well, he has taken three-four wickets and even a five-wicket haul,"
Umran picked 22 wickets from 14 matches this season with an economy of 9.03. His best spell came against Gujarat Titans in the league stage when he picked a five-wicket haul conceding 25 runs. Chopra further added that Umran’s accuracy improved as the competition progressed.
"Of course, everyone will talk about his pace because he has that, either you are a fast bowler or you are not. But what I liked about him was that when he started, he was spraying the ball around, the ball was going everywhere if he see the bee-hive. As the tournament progressed, the bee-hive started coming closer," Chopra explained.
"His bowling became more well-directed. He conceded runs later also but it was not because he was bowling wide. The batters play well at times, and use the pace well, which does happen. But this boy will go far."