Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik’s pace has earned a new fan in former Indian tennis great Mahesh Bhupathi. Malik delivered a brilliant 5/25 spell in his four overs against Gujarat Titans, facing out Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, David Miller and Abhinav Manohar. While his spell failed to win the match for his side, his speed and wicket-taking fans and players, both former and current, have won.
“A star is born!! #UmranMalik,” Bhupathi tweeted.
A star is born!! #UmranMalik
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) April 27, 2022
Former Indian batter and local Mumbai cricket legend Wasim Jaffer also praised the pacesetter for taking the wickets when GT got off to a good start.
“The rise and fall of Umran Malik is the story of this IPL. So far he has come under pressure with opposition but this time GT was wicketless and made it to the top 3 #SRHvGT #IPL2022,” Jaffer tweeted.
The rise and rise of Umran Malik is the story of this IPL. So far he has come under pressure with opposition but this time GT came when was wicketless and captured 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 tempo ka Maalik… 5wickets
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 27, 2022
SRH teammate and all-rounder also garnered praise for Malik, tweeting, “All heart and speed! #UmranMalik.”
Indian spider legend Harbhajan Singh also tweeted: “Umran Malik is rising @SunRisers.”
Umran Malik rises @SunRisers
— Harbhajan Turban (@harbhajan_singh) April 27, 2022
The fifties of Abhishek Sharma (65) and Aiden Markram (56) and a last cameo from debutant Shashank Singh (25*) ensured that SRH came to 195/6 in 20 overs.
GT chased 196 and got off to a good start with openers Saha and Gill delivering the partnership of 50 runs in just 6 overs. After Malik went through the GT’s lineup, the game remained even, with 57 needed in the last 24 balls. However, a blistering batting performance by Rahul Tewatia (40*) and Rashid Khan (31*) saw the Titans take a thrilling victory in the final ball.
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