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'Hurricane' Umran Malik's 5-wicket haul against Gujarat Titans in IPL gets Twitter applause

Umran Malik picked up the wickets of Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller and Abhinav Manohar in SunRisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Titans IPL match.

April 28, 2022 / 01:02 PM IST
Umran Malik is among the handful of Indian bowlers to breach the 150 kmph barrier. (Image:

Umran Malik is among the handful of Indian bowlers to breach the 150 kmph barrier. (Image:

Umran Malik is back at it again. The SunRisers Hyderabad pacer has once again displayed exemplary fast-bowling skills at the IPL match against Gujarat Titans. However, his stunning 5-wicket haul was not enough to catapult the team into a win and saw a close defeat against Hardik Pandya’s team that is at the top of the table.

In the four overs Malik was handed the ball, he took five wickets and gave only 25 runs amplifying calls for him to be sent to the Indian men’s national team.

Malik, a raw fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir, was just in the news for his spectacular four-wicket haul in a match against Punjab Kings around 10 days back. He took four wickets in the death over and gave no runs, limiting his opponents to 151 all out. In the four overs he bowled in that match, Malik gave only 28 runs.

During Wednesday’s match, Malik picked up the wickets of Shubman Gill, skipper Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha who was batting at a stunning 68 off 37 deliveries, David Miller and Abhinav Manohar. One of Malik’s fiery bouncers hit Pandya in the upper arm which he shrugged off after a while.

Twitter was all praise for the 22-year-old star bowler with many, including Congress leader P Chidambaram saying the BCCI should give him an exclusive coach.

During the last match too, Chidambaram’s party colleague Shashi Tharoor had also called for Malik’s induction into the national team.

Umran Malik has picked up 15 wickets so far and is only behind Yuzvendra Chahal in the race for the Purple Cap -- the award given to the highest wicket-taker of the season.