Former SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) head coach Brian Lara recently shared that Indian fast bowler Umran Malik cannot just depend on his express pace in international cricket. The veteran also said that while speed will give Umran early success, he needs to have other options in his repertoire to trouble the batters at the highest level as well. He again suggested that the talented pacer is still in the early stages of his career and will get better with time also.
Speaking on the YouTube channel ‘Wake Up With Sorabh’, Brian Lara explained: “He (Umran Malik) will be a sensation, but very quickly he will have to learn that fast bowling really does not trouble the best players in the world. You have to have the ability to do something with the ball, be sensible, and maybe understand times when you have to trickle back or understand the times when you have to up the tempo. He is very young and has got a lot of years ahead of him.”
However, Brian Lara worked closely with Umran Malik in the SRH camp in the last couple of years in the IPL as well. But, the Hyderabad-based franchise recently parted ways with Lara and they have roped in Daniel Vettori as the new head coach before next year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Notably, Umran is currently part of India’s squad for the ongoing five-match T20I series against West Indies but didn’t get to play so far.
“We have had so many different examples. Wasim Akram was raw pace, Malcolm Marshall had destructive pace, and Michael Holding. But they all know that at some point in time, they had to come with a lot more tricks than just being able to bowl fast. If he (Umran Malik) works with Dale Steyn, he could definitely be one of the best India could produce,” Brian Lara concluded.