IND vs SA: The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League has ended successfully. But this season has given the Indian team some of the stars for the future in both the batting and bowling departments. But one man who has certainly caught the world’s attention is the Kashmir-born pacer, Umran Malik. The 22-year-old also won the “Emerging Player of the Season” award in the TATA IPL 2022 and ended the tournament as the fourth-highest wicket-taker. Are you looking for legal betting sites in India on the go? If yes, read more here.

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His hard work and ability have also impressed the Indian selection committee. As a result, they have drafted him directly into the Indian team. Umran is a part of the 17-member squad selected for the five-match home series against South Africa starting on June 9. All eyes will be on the young pacer and how he will perform on the biggest stage. Notably, he bowled the second fastest delivery of the season at 157 km/h. His ability to bowl at 150 km/h or above consistently has led to a view that he can break the record of the former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar.

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IND vs SA: “My focus is not on that record right now” – Umran Malik

IND vs SA: “My Focus Is Not on Fastest Ball, Wants to Win Matches for Country” - Umran Malik Ahead of South Africa’s Series
IND vs SA: “My Focus Is Not on Fastest Ball, Wants to Win Matches for Country” – Umran Malik Ahead of South Africa’s Series

The 22-year-old had an excellent IPL season recently. He picked up 22 wickets in 14 matches, including one five-wicket haul. In an interview with India Today, the young pacer opened up about his plans for the upcoming series. He said that he is looking forward to bowling well for the team and wants to win matches for the country. Umran added,

“My focus is not on that record right now. I want to bowl well, bowl in the right areas, and help my country win all five matches against South Africa. I want to keep it 150 or above to maintain my body and strength.”

However, he also said that his SRH teammate Abdul Samad has always motivated him to bowl fast. He said that whenever he bowls at Samad, the right-hander always asks him to bowl faster. Umran said that he is also focusing on his fitness and that proper exercise has certainly helped him. For more cricket betting odds and scheduled matches for the 2022 season, read here.

The first match will be played on Thursday, June 9 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. The five-match T20I series will end on June 19.

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