Rated: Umran Malik, Mohsin Khan, Kuldeep Sen, Arshdeep Singh and other IPL emerging pacers

A number of young fast bowlers have impressed this season, adding to a growing pool of Indian quicks

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The Indian Premier League has almost always been about hard-hitting batsmen, wily spinners and electric fielders. But very rarely has it been about genuine fast bowlers, especially when played in the subcontinent; India has never been very conducive to pacers.

But this season, the league phase of the tournament has been played in the western part of India to contain any coronavirus outbreak, and therefore on the quickest surfaces in the country. The Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, and the MCA Stadium in Pune, have allowed franchises to back and also field the quickest bowlers they could lay their hands on.

And just like that, a number of gems from across the country have emerged. None shone brighter than Jammu and Kashmir express quick Umran Malik, who bowled the fastest delivery of the tournament for the second straight season – maxing out at 154kph (95.6mph). The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler has been devastating and even when he has gone for runs, a lot of them have been off edges and uncontrolled strokes.

Malik has played a major role in sparking interest among viewers this season, which was beginning to taper off after the horror start by serial winners Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

Malik is the talk of the IPL town, but there are other impressive Indian quicks as well, who have showed immense promise and staked their claim for a spot in the senior Indian team.

In the picture gallery above, we have rated the emerging Indian fast bowlers of IPL 2022 who have played at least four matches. To scroll through the images, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device. Stats include Rajasthan v Kolkata match on May 2.

Updated: May 04, 2022, 6:25 AM