Young Indian pacer, Umran Malik has been making headlines with impactful performances for Hyderabad in the Indian T20 League 2022. Raw pace remains Malik’s weapon and the batsmen are facing trouble while facing delivery with a searing pace. Umran Malik bowls consistently at over 145 Kmph and frequently clocks over 150 kmph as well.
On Wednesday, Umran Malik picked his first five-wicket haul against Gujarat at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He troubled the Gujarat batterS with his searing pace and bounce. Gujarat lost five wickets in the second innings and all five were picked by the 22-year-old fast bowler.
Umran Malik picked wickets consistently and denied the opposition batters to stitch big partnerships. He returned with outstanding figures of 5 for 25 in 4 overs. Unfortunately, his team lost the game but his team still bagged the Player of the Match award. He is currently the second-highest wicket-taker this season. In 8 matches, Umran Malik has managed to pick 15 wickets at an average of 15.93.
Meanwhile, cricket experts, Chris Lynn and Daniel Vettori heaped praise on the young Indian pacer and urged the management to include him in the Indian team and in the squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Australian pacer feels that the bouncy nature of pitches in Australia would suit Umran Malik and, thus, he could play a big role for Indian in the perennial tournament.
“I will factor the wickets are bouncy here in Australia and you need I suppose that youth and just that guys haven’t played against it. You keep going back to whom you drop because it is such a formidable [bowling] line-up but would love to see this guy in the World Cup. He’s going to take the world by storm if he does get a chance at the international level. It is lucky that I am not a selector for India,” said Lynn on ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time Out.
New Zealand former cricketer, Daniel Vettori opined that Umran Malik’s pace is a rarity in modern-day cricket as you don’t see bowlers bowling at over 150 clicks these days.
“That pace generates anxiety among batters and not just tailenders, it’s all batters. We don’t often see bowlers get around the 153-154 mark. That’s exceptional pace, that’s a rarity that we haven’t seen I suppose consistently since the likes of [Brett] Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, or Shaun Tait. So, to see that is a huge part of the game now. You can see the excitement factor, brings a bit of X-factor,” Vettori added.