New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir’s 22-year-old pace bowler Umran Malik made heads turn with his sensational bowling in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Malik, the 2nd only bowler from Jammu and Kashmir to have been selected for the men’s Indian cricket team, has bowled consistently with a bowling speed of 150 kmph. Not only this, but he also holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery in IPL 2022 by clocking 157 kmph.

The Chetan Sharma-led selection committee on Sunday announced the Indian team for upcoming India vs Sri Lanka five-match T20 international series. The big announcement revealed that SRH’s Umran Malik has received his maiden call-up for the national team. Ever since the selection news broke out, Umran Malik’s father Rashid has been on Cloud 9. Here’s how he has reacted.

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“People were just coming in hoards to congratulate me. I am now going home and would join the celebrations. Just saw the news on the internet. What could be a bigger achievement than to wear the national colours. He has made all of us proud with his performances in the IPL and the way the whole country rallied behind him, we as a family can only be thankful. Pura desh ke support mila mere Umran ko,” Rashid told PTI.

“Umran had the self-belief that one day he will achieve success. He had faith in his skill and talent and worked hard for it. It is completely his success and also the Almighty’s blessings. He worked hard and God supported him. I don’t deserve credit for his hard work,” Rashid added.

Umran Malik has performed tremendously in his first full IPL season with Sunrisers Hyderabad. The speedster has consistently bowled at 150 kmph in IPL and has troubled many big players with his fiery spells. Malik is fifth in the list of highest wicket-takers in IPL 2022 and has taken 22 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 20 and an economy rate of 8.93.

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