Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer, Umran Malik has been one of the best performers in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season. The tearaway pacer has made life very difficult for the opposition batters, consistently leaving them perplexed with sheer speed. Umran Malik’s performances in IPL 2022 have led to people demanding him soon to make India debut. The youngster has been on fire for SRH, taking 21 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 20.
SRH batting coach and legendary cricketer, Brian Lara backed Umran Malik to soon play international cricket. He also said that the Indian reminds him a lot of West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards.
“During a recent chat on ‘Cricket Live’, Brian Lara said, “Umran Malik reminds me a lot about Fidel Edwards when he first started, a lot of pace and I hope that he understands it as he goes into international cricket, which I think he’ll eventually play.”
After being retained by SRH, Umran Malike has witnessed a meteoric rise. Former India coach Ravi Shastri, speaking on ESPNCricinfo’s ‘Time-Out’, said that Umran Malik should be kept around the main Indian team so that he can learn from like of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Ravi Shastri had said, “Don’t let him float around, keep him in the mix with the main players. Then he learns by being around the Shamis and Bumrahs and see the way they train, see the way they manage their workload. Of course, the team management and support staff will be there. But don’t let him go astray. Keep him in the mix. I think he’ll get better and better. You see his bowling, once he takes a wicket.”
He further elaborated, “Look at the lines he starts bowling as opposed to when he is not getting a wicket. The last thing you’d want to tell him is while looking for control you cut down on pace. If he can attack the stumps by constantly varying his length, he will trouble anyone. And he can really rattle a new guy coming in because he’s got the pace, he can keep the bloke on his toes but it’s that line if he can hit the channel without reducing his pace, it’ll make a huge difference.”