The Indian head coach Rahul Dravid has always been known for being honest with the layers and on Tuesday he gave hint that the fiery Indian fast bowler, Umran Malik might have to wait for making his India debut. Dravid was speaking ahead of the opening game of the 5-match T20I series between India and South Africa here on Thursday.
When asked about Umran Malik during a press conference, as per the quotes in the Indian Express, Rahul Dravid said, “We just have to see how much playing time we will be able to give him. We have a big squad, not possible to have everyone in the playing XI. I am someone who likes consistency and give people time to settle in.”
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He further added, “Arshadeep has also done well, who is also an exciting player, who bowls well. We have a little bit of experienced guys in Harshal, Buvi and Avesh, who played in the last series. It is exciting to have the young guys as well, it helps us broaden our pool and see what they can do.”
However, Rahul Dravid had no hesitation in showering praises on Umran and even expressed the urge to see him more in Test cricket.
Elaborating the same, Rahul Dravid said, “He is exciting, certainly bowls quick, and has pace. Another exciting thing in the IPL for me was to see the Indian players bowl really fast. The more he plays the better he gets. Very happy to have him in the mix. As a coach, I would love to see it translated to the longer format of the game.”
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India’s T20I squad against South Africa: Rishabh Pant (Captain)(wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik