Shoaib Akhtar's word of caution for Indian speedster Umran Malik on how to break his record

Shoaib Akhtar also called India a great country.

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Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar shared some special advice for the Indian pacer Umran Malik on how to break his record of the fastest delivery in international cricket.

Notably, Akhtar has the record for the fastest delivery in world cricket to his name, having bowled a 161-kph delivery against England during the 2003 World Cup.

Well, Umran already touched the speed of 155 kmph when he dismissed Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka in January 2023 with a shocker, and the Rawalpindi Express feels if the Indian pacer wants to break his record, he must increase his pace, and he is ready to help him.

Shoaib Akhtar was quoted as saying by News24: “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.”

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He added, “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.”

On how Umran can increase his speed, Akhtar said: “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.”

He signed off by saying, “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.”

Notably, Umran has so far played 8 ODIs and taken 13 wickets while snaring 11 wickets in 8 T20Is. He is currently part of India’s ODI squad for the ongoing series against Australia at home.


By Rashmi Nanda - 17 Mar, 2023

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