Shoaib Akhtar said that he wants Umran Malik to break his record of bowling the fastest delivery (161.3 kmph)
Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik has captured much attention in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, including Pakistan legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar.
Speaking about Umran Malik's pacer - who has been clocking 150 kmph on a consistent basis while also breaking the 157 kmph barrier as well - Akhtar said he will be happy if the pacer ends up breaking his fastest delivery world record.
"I want to see him have a long career. A few days ago, someone was congratulating me as it's been 20 years since I bowled the fastest delivery but no one has been able to break the record. But I said, 'There must be someone who can smash this record'. I will be happy if Umran breaks my record. But he needs to ensure that he doesn't get injured in the process. I want to see him playing for a long stretch without any injuries," Akhtar said while talking to Sportskeeda.
Extending support to the youngster, Akhtar not only backed Umran to break the world record but also feature for India on the international stage.
"I want to see him on the world stage as he belongs there. At present, there are not many people who can cross the 150 kmph mark. We have seen that Umran has been bowling consistently at that pace. I want Umran to that 100-mph mark at the back of his mind. I will be happy if he enters the 100-mph club. But he has to stay away from injuries which can halt his career," he added.
Umran Malik is currently the 4th-joint-highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets at an average of 22.05 and with a best of 5-25.