‘Face of the league so far’: Sourav Ganguly reserves big praise for Umran Malik

Written by Shreyas Vyas

In the ongoing Indian Premiere League (IPL), one player that has caught everyone’s attention is young Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik. The 22-year-old from Jammu City is the talk of the town at the moment and with his raw pace that often crosses the 150kmph mark, he has managed to draw the attention of fans and former cricketers alike.

The 22-year-old was one of the three players retained by the Orange Army ahead of the mega auctions this year, and in the eight matches played so far, he has picked up 15 wickets and is third in the list of leading wicket-takers for the season. In the side’s last game against Gujarat Titans, he picked up his maiden fifer in the cash-rich league and ended with figures of 5 for 25 in four overs.

“Oh, it’s very interesting, I am watching (the IPl). Any team can win and everyone is playing well. The two new teams-Gujrat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants-are doing well. Umran Malik’s bowling has been eye-catching. Umesh Yadav, too, has bowled well, and so has Khaleel Ahmed. I would say Umran Malik has been the outstanding face of the league so far” Ganguly said.

Malik was signed as a replacement player for the injured T Natarajan by SRH in the previous season of the league and featured in three matches for them, where he impressed with his 150kmph pace. He was retained by the side for Rs 4 crore ahead of the mega auctions, and this season he has lived up to the billing by delivering match-winning performances.

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