New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson has opined that Umran Malik is a super exciting talent and there are certain chances that the fiery pacer will be involved with Indian cricket for a long time. Umran, who made his IPL debut in 2021, played under the leadership of Williamson for Sunrisers Hyderabad as the SRH skipper backed the tearaway pacer for his raw pace.
During a media interaction organized by Amazon Prime Video on Tuesday, Kane Williamson said, “Umran is a super exciting talent. Spending time with him last year at the IPL and seeing his raw pace was a real asset to the team. To see him in the international scene now has been an amazing rise for him. And I think when you’ve got that ability to bowl 150 mark as a fast bowler, it’s very exciting.”
He further added, “I think by being in the squad, clearly there is high hopes that he will have an involvement with Indian cricket for a long time. Coming on these tours where they’ve got the opportunity to play more and more, will certainly only help him on his journey. But Yeah, Fantastic talent.”
Umran is part of India’s squad for the New Zealand tour, which is scheduled to be commencing with a three-game T20I series across Wellington (Nov 18), Tauranga (Nov 20), and Napier (Nov 22), before moving into the ODI series across Auckland (Nov 25), Hamilton (Nov 27) and Christchurch (Nov 30).
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) named the squad for the upcoming series against India, comprising three T20Is and as many ODIs. Finn Allen has been named in the squad, while Trent Boult has not been included as he had opted out of the central contract list earlier this year.
Williamson will captain both sides with the T20 squad assembling on Wednesday. All-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been excused from the squad for the third ODI as he has been preparing for his wedding, with Henry Nicholls the replacement for the final match in Christchurch.