During the first One Day International match against Sri Lanka on January 10th, Indian fast bowler Umran Malik set a new national record for the fastest delivery ever recorded by an Indian bowler, clocking in at 156 kph. The 23-year-old from Srinagar broke his own previous record of 155 kph set during the first T20 International match against Sri Lanka on January 4th and also overtook Jasprit Bumrah’s record of 153.36 kph.
Malik’s impressive speed caused problems for the Sri Lankan batsmen, and he could register career-best ODI figures of 3/57 by taking three key wickets in the eight overs he bowled. In six ODI matches, he has taken ten wickets and kept a strong economy rate of 6.21. He played a critical role in India’s victory, which gave them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The Indian team also had a strong performance in batting. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill formed a 143-run partnership, providing a solid foundation for the team. The real star of the match was Virat Kohli, who scored his second consecutive century and led the team to a score of 373/7. Despite a determined effort from Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka, who scored a century, the team was unable to chase down the target and lost by 67 runs.
Umran Malik’s record-breaking performance solidifies his place as India’s fastest bowler, surpassing other well-known names such as Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. This is a great achievement for him and will definitely be noted in Indian cricket history.