Umran Malik breaks silence on mysterious absence from Sunrisers Hyderabad playing 11
After playing just seven matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023), India’s fast bowler Umran Malik suddenly disappeared from the playing 11 of Sunrisers Hyderabad. His absence took SRH fans by surprise as he was their top bowler in IPL 2022, taking 22 wickets. But when he failed to click in the first half of this season, the Sunrisers management reportedly decided to sit him out. One believes that with no update from Sunrisers on Umran’s fitness, he sat out due to form.
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Markram’s controversial statement on Umran’s cheating
What made things worse for the Sunrisers was skipper Aiden Markram’s statement that he had no clue what was happening ‘behind the scenes’ in the Umran case. When asked to comment on Umran’s availability in the match vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Markram said that he is an X-factor bowler but he has no idea what is going on with him.
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Why was Umran Malik not playing for Sunrisers in the last 6 matches?
Umran was selected in the next game versus Mumbai Indians, also the last match for Sunrisers in the championship. Talking about his absence in the last 6 matches of the league, Umran said, “I am playing today. This year I have bowled few overs and have taken only 5 wickets in 7 matches. I believe in hard work. Today I got Got a chance.” Chance, hope I do well.” Umran’s reply to the broadcasters suggested that he was dropped due to poor bowling form. I have not compromised on my pace, I am trying to bowl in the right areas and working on variations as well. When the team needs wickets, I try to take wickets, otherwise I try to stop the flow of runs. I am playing a little later, so I try to do my best and execute my plans. Will try.”
Umran Malik’s fastest ball
Sunrisers fast bowler Umran Malik is the fastest Indian fast bowler in the Indian Premier League. The bowler from Jammu and Kashmir had a record speed of 157 kmph during a match against Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022. His fastest in international cricket is 156 kmph which was bowled against Sri Lanka. Umran has played 8 ODIs and T20Is for India, taking 13 and 11 wickets respectively. He has taken 29 wickets in 25 IPL matches.