Umran Malik with Irfan Pathan after his selection in the Indian cricket team.© Twitter
SunRisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik lightened up the IPL 2022 season with his raw pace, taking 22 wickets. His performance did not go unnoticed as he was named in India’s 18-man squad for the upcoming five-game series against South Africa, which starts in Delhi on 9 June. A day after being named to the team, Umran met his mentor Irfan Pathan and they had “a little party”. Irfan Pathan shared photos on Twitter showing Umran feeding cake to Irfan and SRH teammate Abdul Samad.
“A little celebration… #debut #UmranMalik,” Pathan tweeted.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 23, 2022
Irfan Pathan was previously the mentor of Jammu and Kashmir and it was there that he took Umran under his wing to nurse him.
In an interview with DailyExpertNews, Umran had revealed how Irfan Pathan had helped him.
“Speed is natural to me. This year I’m trying to work on hitting the right areas. I used to bowl fast. I’m my own role model. When Irfan Pathan came to train us, I jumped out and I was quite erratic, I couldn’t bowl in one area constantly. But when he came, I started jumping less and started to get the rhythm right. I just want to make Jammu and Kashmir proud and I want to make the country proud I just want to perform well.” Umran Malik had told DailyExpertNews.
Umran finished the IPL 2022 league stage as the fourth highest wicket taker in the tournament. With SRH out of the tournament, he won’t get a chance to increase his 22-wicket tally.
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