Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik‘s pace has earned another fan in the former India tennis great Mahesh Bhupathi. Malik delivered a brilliant spell of 5/25 in his four overs against Gujarat Titans, bowling out Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, David Miller and Abhinav Manohar. Though his spell could not win the match for his side, his pace and wicket-taking ability have won over fans and players, both former and current.
“A star is born!! #UmranMalik,” tweeted Bhupathi.
A star is born!! #UmranMalik
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) April 27, 2022
Former Indian batter and Mumbai domestic cricket legend Wasim Jaffer also praised the pacer for taking the wickets when GT was off a good start.
“The rise and rise of Umran Malik is the story of this IPL. So far he’s been coming to bowl with opposition under pressure but this time came when GT were wicketless and took down the top 3 #SRHvGT #IPL2022,” tweeted Jaffer.
The rise and rise of Umran Malik is the story of this IPL. So far he’s been coming to bowl with opposition under pressure but this time came when GT were wicketless and took down the top 3 #SRHvGT #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/XCfS59VlIK
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 27, 2022
Irfan Pathan, a very vocal supporter of the youngster also tweeted, “Umran pace ka Maalik… 5 wickets.”
Umran pace ka Maalik… 5wickets
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 27, 2022
SRH teammate and all-rounder also heaped praises on Malik, tweeting, “All heart and sheer pace! #UmranMalik.”
India spin legend Harbhajan Singh also tweeted, “Umran Malik is rising @SunRisers.”
Umran Malik is rising @SunRisers
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 27, 2022
Chasing 196, GT got off a good start with openers Saha and Gill bringing up the 50-run partnership in just 6 overs. After Malik ran through the GT’s batting line-up, the match hung in balance, with 57 needed in last 24 balls. However, a blistering batting performance from Rahul Tewatia (40*) and Rashid Khan (31*) ensured that the Titans pulled off a thrilling last-ball victory.
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