Team India pacer Umran Malik made his debut in the first ODI vs New Zealand at Aucland on Friday (November 25). He was named in the playing XI for the first ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand. The fast bowler made instant impact as he got the better of Devon Conway, and soon after, he also dismissed Daryl Mitchell
In his first over, he clocked speeds of 145.9, 143.3, 145.6, 147.3, 137.1, and 149.6 kmph and followed it up with 150, 149.8, 143, 141.6, 142.5, and 146.2 kmph in the second over. After impressing with his express pace in the first two overs, Umran got the reward for his hard work on the first ball of the third over. He picked up his maiden ODI wicket when he ended Devon Conway’s stay at the crease.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, the IPL team for which he plays in the league, had tweeted when Malik was announced as a debutant. They tweeted: “160 km/h delivery coming.” That was enough to get fans exciting about this rare pace bowling talent in Indian team. Malik belongs to J&K and has made rapid strides in domestic cricket and IPL to be fast tracked into the Indian team.
Malik has played 3 T20Is so far, in Ireland where he picked two wickets. He was part of the T20I squad in New Zealand too but he did not get a game. However, Shikhar Dhawan played him in the 1st ODI itself, giving debuts to both him and Punjab-born pacer Arshdeep Singh.
The fastest delivery that has ever been bowled in international cricket is 161 kph by Shoaib Akhtar vs New Zealand. The fastest delivery that Umran has bowled in all cricket is 157 kph which was bowled in IPL 2022 vs Delhi Capitals.
WATCH VIDEO: Conway was caught behind by Rishabh Pant for 24. And on the very next ball after getting his maiden ODI wicket, Umran clocked 153.1 kmph. It was the fastest ball of the match.
What a partnership between Tom Latham and Kane Williamson – an unbeaten 221 in just 164 balls.