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‘Speed ​​can’t help you…’: Pakistani point guard Shaheen Afridi reacts to Umran Mailk’s blistering pace at IPL 2022


Umran Mailk proved to be one of the discoveries in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as he impressed with his blistering pace. The young Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) recorded over 150mph consistently throughout the tournament and troubled some of the best hitters in the world with his speed and skill. Umran also made the second fastest delivery of the IPL 2020 at 157 km/h.

He would have held the record for the fastest delivery in the 15th edition of the tournament, however, his feat was overtaken by Gujarat Titans (GT) point guard Lockie Ferguson in the 2022 IPL Finals against Rajasthan Royals. Ferguson passed Umran with a sensational 157.3 mph yorker against Jos Buttler.

Not just Umran and Lockie, but there were several other Indian and foreign fast bowlers who displayed good pace throughout the tournament and consistently recorded good speed. Recently, Pakistani rhythm spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi was asked about Umran and Lockie’s mind-blowing rhythm at IPL 2022.

One of the best fast bowlers in the world right now, Afridi had a very interesting response. The Pakistani pacer said speed is nothing if a bowler doesn’t have proper line and length as well as variations.

“Speed ​​can’t help you if you don’t have line, length and swing,” Shaheen told reporters at a press conference ahead of Pakistan’s ODI series against West Indies on home soil.

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Shaheen has also had a remarkable rise in international cricket over the years. From a prodigious young talent, the pacer went on to become one of the best in the world right now and was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being the 2021 Men’s Cricketer of the Year. He was the best Pakistan performer with the ball in all formats. .

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Shaheen was Pakistan’s chief destroyer in their home series against Australia earlier this year and will be hoping to continue his fine form against the West Indies. The Pakistani pacer thinks it will be difficult for fast bowlers to throw long stretches in the intense heat, but they are up for the challenge.

“The weather is hot but we can’t wait to play good cricket. It would be a tough challenge for fast bowlers to throw long stretches in the summer, but as professionals we are ready for it,” Shaheen said.

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