Srinagar: Former Pakistan great Aaqib Javed has said comparing India’s rising pacer Umran Malik with Pakistan speedster is like comparing Virat Kohli with any other young batter.
Aaqib Javed said that there us no comparison at the moment as Haris Rauf’s consistency and fitness level is way above compared to Umran Malik.
In the World of Cricket , currently both Malik and Rauf are amoung the tearaway pacers bowling above 150kph mark. With legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s record in sight, the two pacers have constantly being compared with each other.
However, Pakistan great Aaqib Javed sees no point in the debate as he shut it with a savage “Virat Kohli” statement.
Haris’ fastest delivery so far has been the 159 kmph thunderbolt which he had delivered during the T20 World Cup last year against England.
For the 23-year-old Indian, who is the fastest bowler the country has ever witnessed, he touched the 157kmph mark during an Indian Premier League game and his fastest in an international game is 156 kmph.
Speaking to Events & Happenings Sports, Javed was asked to weigh in on Umran vs Haris debate and he responded saying that it is similar to comparing Kohli with the rest of the batters in the world, referring the star India batter to the Pakistan pacer in this context.
“Umran Malik is not as trained and fit as Haris Rauf. If you look at him in ODIs, in his first spell he bowls around 150 kmph but by the 7th or 8th over the speed drops to 138 kmph. The difference is the same as it is between Kohli and the rest of the batters. He (Haris) is very disciplined with his diet, training and his lifestyle. I have not seen a single Pakistan bowler who has a diet like Haris. No one has a clear lifestyle like him. Bowling 160 kmph is not a big deal for me, but bowling at the same speed throughout the match is very crucial,” he said.