India's Fastest Ever Bowler

"India soon," Umran Malik wrote in his Instagram bio in 2018. He was 18, part of the Jammu & Kashmir Under-19 squad, and had started playing leather-ball cricket just a year before.

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India's Fastest Ever Bowler

He was still to get a game in the Cooch Behar Trophy, but his bowling in a practice session left India's U-19 selectors stunned.

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India's Fastest Ever Bowler

"They had come to visit Vaishno Devi Mandir," Malik says. "They saw me bowling in nets on a cement wicket and asked, 'Who are you? You are bowling so fast! Why are you not playing matches?'"

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India's Fastest Ever Bowler

The selectors approached a J&K U-19 coach and advised him to give Malik a game. It was the first time Malik realised that he could make it big.

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India's Fastest Ever Bowler

Last month Malik, now 21, became only the fourth cricketer from J&K to play in the IPL.

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India's Fastest Ever Bowler

As soon as he ran in to bowl in his opening game, for Sunrisers Hyderabad, the speedometer came into focus.

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India's Fastest Ever Bowler

He touched 150kph several times in his spell. In his second match, he bowled the fastest delivery by an Indian in the tournament's history - 152.95kph.

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India's Fastest Ever Bowler

"My first dream would be to see our team lifting the World Cup," he says.

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India's Fastest Ever Bowler

"I will try to bowl well in the nets and impress selectors, so that they pick me for any of the future series, Inshallah."

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That "India soon" bio could become reality sooner than expected.

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