Umran Malik is the new rousing sensation and his rise has already created countless ripples in the IPL fabric with furthermore to come. Experts around the globe have poured in their plaudits about this speedster, quoting how impactful he can be for India in the upcoming days.
The game against the Mumbai Indians witnessed him returning back to scalps as his 3 for 23 spells would deal a major dent to Mumbai’s chase, crippling it midway from which the five-time champions never recovered.
Here is what Matthew Hayden would say about Umran Malik
His victims would include the prized likes of Ishan Kishan, Daniel Sams and Tilak Varma. The dismissal of Ishan Kishan was a clinical example of how the rising southpaw has struggled against pace. This was even highlighted by legendary Australian opener, Matthew Hayden. Given the iconic opener that he was and also coming to the point where he would take on the fast bowlers head-on, he underlined how Malik would simply expose Ishan Kishan’s growing vulnerability.
Kishan’s fall came to a full-length delivery that he would awkwardly strike and Priyam Garg would complete a fine take at mid-on after running backwards. Hayden would be quoted as, “It’s not just the unknown players. Ishan Kishan tonight was exposed through high-quality fast bowling. And, that’s a worry because once you get to the highest levels, where you are going to be playing a lot more of that type of bowling, 140s-150s are always going to be there, especially if you have a little bit of bounce in the wicket as well.”
He would also say, “I love his (Malik’s) raw pace. He is so exciting. The way that he scared him. I mean the ball before that was a bouncer, and when he sensed that automatically Ishan was under pressure and that’s (the shot with which Kishan was caught out) an under pressure shot, that’s a pressure shot that comes with the fact he also has 40 runs on board and now MI are in a good position. Heat on the ball, pressure, wicket.”
Despite being banged left, right and centre, Malik has claimed 21 wickets and is vying in the list of the highest wicket-takers as he is currently stationed in the top four.