You are all familiar with Rawalpindi Express but there is a fresh increase in fast bowling which is being called ‘Kashmir Express’ because these young bowlers are constantly throwing the ball at a speed of 90 miles or one hundred and fifty kilometers per hour. And winning the hearts of fans.
Imran Malik, a 22-year-old from Indian-administered Kashmir, has been named in the Indian squad for the T20 series against South Africa and is being hailed by Kashmiris as a former cricketer and fast bowler. They also seem to be obsessed with speed.
When Imran Malik was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad, a team of Indian T20 League ‘IPL’, everyone was surprised because usually Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma It has been a tradition to keep big players like Virat Kohli in the teams and Imran Malik is a newcomer in the field and he has not shown any worthwhile performance then why this?
But when Imran Malik took five wickets against Gujarat Titans, the top team in the IPL this season, people knew why he was retained in the team.
He gave away 25 runs in four overs and took all the five wickets of the opposing team, four of which were clean bowled. Although his team lost the match, he was named Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.
In the ongoing IPL tournament, Imran Malik repeatedly drew people’s attention to himself and people started talking about his inclusion in the Indian team. Every time he landed on the field this season, he set a record for the fastest ball.
Imran Malik has been a part of discussions on social media all season for his speed, but on being selected for the first time in Team India, he is being congratulated from various walks of life.
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Very good Imran Malik. We will be watching the series against you (South Africa). ”
Who is Imran Malik?
Sports reporter Sorbh Somani, referring to Imran’s fastest ball so far this season at 95 miles (154 km / h), wrote that if he continued to travel at the same speed, he would be taken from his Gujjar Nagar. It will take only ten hours to reach Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
He was referring to Imran’s inclusion in the Indian team, about which he explained that it takes people years to get there.
It should be noted that Gujranagar is the hometown of Imran in Jammu and Kashmir. His father Abdul Rashid is a common fruit seller in Kashmir but he did not spare a single minute to fulfill his son’s dream. His mother and two older sisters also encouraged him.
According to the popular cricket website ‘ESPN’, he had once cut his hair like Bollywood’s Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan’s film Ghajini, then people started calling him ‘Ghajini’ and saying that he would hit ‘big sixes’. Ghajini ‘and’ Ghajini throws a very fast ball. ‘
According to a tweet in the Times of India, Imran’s father thanked the whole country for joining the Indian team which gave so much love to his son and said that it was all the result of his hard work and that country. Will raise its head with pride.
Journalist Sorbh Somani says he was known locally for his speed in tennis but for the first time at the age of 17 he started demonstrating his skills with the original ball of cricket.
Former Jammu and Kashmir bowler Ram Dayal coached him while Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan and Abdul Samad from Kashmir recommended him to be included in the team as a net practice bowler last season.
Journalist As Mohammad Kaif has written that former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has played a big role in Imran’s career. When he was associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy, he found Imran. Now Irfan will be the happiest person. Congratulations to both.
In the nets, he chewed up the likes of Australia’s famous batsman David Warner, England’s Johnny Barstow and New Zealand’s Ken Williamson at his own pace and then when T Nitrajan had to withdraw from the 2021 IPL due to injury. So Imran got a chance to replace him.
Journalist Mohsin Kamal, referring to Imran Malik’s confidence, wrote that he had not even started playing professional cricket when he wrote in his Instagram introduction in 2018, ‘India Son’, meaning soon in the Indian team. “He got this confidence when he was encouraged by the under-19 selectors and he has been in the Indian team for only four years.”
Imran Malik’s career is no less than a dream. When someone asked Dale Steyn, the fastest bowler ever to play in the IPL, who is your inspiration, he mentioned Imran Malik’s name.
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee praised the young player and wrote in a tweet: “I am very impressed with this young man.”
It doesn’t stop there. Ian Bishop, the West Indies fast bowler and commentator of his time, called Imran Malik a “real deal” and when asked what he should be like in the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, Chris Lin said: “If they get a chance at the international level, they will make a splash in the world.”
Now that the Indian team has given him a chance at the international level, his fans and fast bowling fans will be waiting for him to make a splash.