IPL 2022: Sourav Ganguly has determined that a pacer has an outstanding face of the season so far.© AFP
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is about to enter its business end and there have been many memorable performances so far. Rajasthan Royals batter Jos Buttler has been on record for three centuries, while Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul has also shown good form with the bat. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are the two leading wicket takers in this ongoing season. However, President Sourav Ganguly of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named a young pacer the “outstanding face of the competition so far.”
Ganguly has praised SunRisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik. The fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir can consistently bowl above 150 km/h.
“Oh, it’s very interesting, I’m watching [the IPL]† Any team can win and everyone plays well. The two new teams – Gujrat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants – are doing well. Umran Malik’s bowling was remarkable. Umesh Yadav has also bowled well and so has Khalil Ahmed. I would say that Umran Malik has been the outstanding face of the league thus far,” Ganguly said in an interview with News18.
In the current season, Umran has taken 15 wickets so far, with his best performance coming in against Gujarat Titans.
In the match against Gujarat Titans, Umran returned with figures of 5-25 and was named ‘Player Of the Match’ despite SunRisers Hyderabad coming on the wrong side of the result.
Earlier, in an interview with DailyExpertNews, Umran had said about his pace: “Speed is a natural thing for me. This year I’m trying to work on hitting the right areas. I used to bowl fast. I just want to make Jammu and Kashmir. proud and I want to make the country proud. I just want to perform well.”
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