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Ready to help Umran Malik in ‘breaking’ my fastest delivery record: Shoaib Akhtar

CricketReady to help Umran Malik in 'breaking' my fastest delivery record: Shoaib Akhtar

Srinagar: Former Pakistan pacer and record holder for fastest delivery ever bowled in International Cricket Shoaib Akhtar has said that he is ready to help India pacer Umran Malik in breaking his record.

J&K born Umran Malik is considered as fastest ever bowler from India. He has already bowled fastest delivery ever by India during IPL at 157kph and fastest delivery in International cricket by India pacer at 155kph.

On the other hand, Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar has bowled fastest ever delivery in International cricket at 161 kph against England during the 2003 World Cup.

Speaking on News24, Shoaib said, “He is very good. He is very strong and has a powerful run-up. He has nice arm speed. You saw when he struck Shanaka, it was ruthless bowling. So Umran, bowl courageously and learn the art of bowling quickly. Learn the technical aspect. Never reduce your aggression, even if you are getting beaten a lot, then also don’t reduce your aggression. Always bowl fast, and never leave it. When you go to the field, the ownership of the ground has to be yours. Don’t break and train a lot.”

“You are playing for a great country. People care a lot and respect a lot. So never let down their feelings and bowl with a big heart.”

The former cricketer also went on to state that he would be willing to help Umran when required. Akhtar also explained how the Indian bowler could increase his speed.

 “I would take 26 yards to bowl. But Umran takes 20 yards. So when he goes to 26 yards, he will have different muscles. I am sure in times to come he will learn. If he needs any help I am always there for him. If you want to break my record please take it away. It’s been 20 years and it hasn’t been broken, please break it. I will be the first guy to hug and kiss you”, he said.

Since making his India debut in June 2022, Umran has bagged 13 wickets in eight ODIs and 11 dismissals in eight T20Is. He will be hoping to build on his numbers and become a contender for India’s ODI World Cup squad.

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