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Harbhajan Singh insists on selecting Umran Malik in the T20 World Cup this year

Umran Malik has been one of the stand out players of this year's IPL. The 22-year-old fast bowler has produced what most can't, and that is sheer pace.

Umran Malik

Umran Malik has been one of the stand out players of this year’s IPL. The 22-year-old fast bowler has produced what most can’t, and that is sheer pace. The youngster broke the record of the fastest delivery bowled in IPL 2022, clocking 157km/h against Delhi Capitals just a few nights ago. This was also the second-fastest ball ever bowled in IPL history.

Even though the ball was eventually hot for a boundary, and Malik went on to end his spell of 4 with no wickets and over 50 runs leaked, there are some who think he still is ready to represent India. The one leading this conversation is Harbhajan Singh. The former India spinners claim that Umran is ready to play for India and should partner with Jasprit Bumrah in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

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Harbhajan Singh on Umran Malik and his pace

Umran Malik

“He is my favourite. I want to see him in the Indian team. What a bowler he is. Name a pacer bowling at over 150 and not playing for the country. So I think this is a great thing. He will inspire many youngsters to take up this game, where has come from and what he is doing in the IPL. He has been unbelievable. I don’t know if he will be selected or not but if I was part of the selection committee, I would have given him a go-ahead. Umran Malik should partner Jasprit Bumrah when India play in Australia,” Harbhajan told reporters on the sidelines of a Dream Set Go event.

He continued, “Take Umran there, he will bowl 160 there. Even if they give him a flat wicket there, he will break someone’s head.”

“There is more pressure in international cricket, no doubt about it. But I think he has played enough IPL games against the top players in the world who are playing in this competition. Some of the Indian batters he is bowling to are also brilliant players. Pressure will be there whether it be against Netherlands or Australia. That is what makes you the cricketer you want to be. I am sure he will also learnt. He is a great promising cricketer and I hope he will play for India,” Harbhajan mentioned.

Even twitter went crazy when they saw Umran clock speeds of 155 and 157 very naturally against DC.

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