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Shoaib Akhtar’s record in danger: Fans rejoice over unconfirmed report of Umran Malik clocking 163.7 kmph during team India’s training session

Malik became the fastest Indian bowler in IPL history to bowl with a record of 157 kmph.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 9 June 2022 11:37 am

Umran Malik

India’s new pace sensation Umran Malik took just a couple of matches in the recently concluded IPL 2022  to rise to fame which many seek throughout their careers. Malik stamped his authority in terms of producing sheer pace by consistently clocking 150 plus and soon became the fastest Indian bowler in IPL history to bowl with a record of 157 kmph. While he had already shown what he was capable of earlier seasons, this time around he was more accurate than ever before.

Malik soon started attracting the global limelight and mixed reactions started coming from the greats of the game. While few lauded the speedster, some raised questions over his ability to bowl with good line and length. Amidst a lot of talking, Indian selectors decided to include him in the squad for the five-match T20I home series against South Africa.

And ahead of the T20I series opener in Delhi, Malik has once again done something unprecedented and if reports are to be believed he clocked 163.7 kmph during team India’s training session in Delhi’s Aruj Jaitley Stadium. However, the report is yet to be confirmed by any credible source but the news has swept the social media by its feet. Several cricket fans have expressed their joy over the report and made several claims.

Check out a few interesting tweets:

Quite recently, former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee had predicted that Umran Malik would break the record of Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar. Even the Indian pace sensation also admitted that he would like to break the record of fastest delivery on the international stage and prepping for the same. Notably, Shoaib Akhtar clocked the fastest delivery in the history of cricket when he delivered a ball at 161.3 kph against New Zealand. Speaking of the South Africa series, KL Rahul has been ruled out of the five-match series after suffering an injury and Rishabh Pant has been handed over the responsibility. While Hardik Pandya has been given the role of vice-captaincy.

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