Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised young pacer from Jammu and Kashmir Umran Malik to take care of his body so that he can break his long standing record. Incidentally, Malik has been grabbing eyeballs with his raw pace in the ongoing IPL 2022.
Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik has captured much attention in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, including Pakistan legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar.
In an interview with Sportskeeda, Shoaib Akhtar said that he will be happy if Umran Malik breaks his record for the fastest ball in the history of cricket.
Akhtar said “I want to see him have a long career. A few days ago, someone was congratulating me as it’s been 20 years since I bowled the fastest delivery but no one has been able to break the record. But I said, ‘There must be someone who can smash this record’. I will be happy if Umran breaks my record. But he needs to ensure that he doesn’t get injured in the process. I want to see him playing for a long stretch without any injuries,”
Extending support to the youngster, Akhtar not only backed Umran to break the world record but also feature for India on the international stage.
“I want to see him on the world stage as he belongs there. At present, there are not many people who can cross the 150 kmph mark. We have seen that Umran has been bowling consistently at that pace. I want Umran to that 100-mph mark at the back of his mind.