Former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer said that the ODI format is more suited to young speedster Umran Malik’s style of bowling in comparison to T20Is as well. He shared that the pacer can make use of short balls quite well in ODIs.
While reviewing the performances of both debutants, Wasim Jaffer said during a discussion on ESPNcricinfo: “This format suits Umran Malik more than T20Is. We have seen in the IPL that he doesn’t have that many variations compared to this format. Here, he can use the short ball well. Arshdeep will get used to it. He’s a quality bowler and he’ll adapt pretty quickly.”
While talking about this, New Zealand pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan admitted that both Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh would have hoped for a slightly better performance on their ODI debuts. While Umran managed two scalps, Arshdeep went wicketless and conceded plenty of runs too. He registered figures of 0/68 from 8.1 overs as well.
He shared: “Both debutants would have hoped for a little bit more. Malik got a couple of wickets and looked dangerous in patches. I’ve watched Arshdeep for a while now and he’s a very talented bowler. He’s going to be super important for India, not just leading into this World Cup but for years to come.”
“I’ll be tempted to play Kuldeep Yadav just because he brings a little bit of mystery. He spins it both ways and he is in good form as well. India have a problem since they haven’t got a sixth bowling option. That can be a worry. Arshdeep and Umran just played their first ODIs. Lot of inexperience for this format. I’ll be keen to have a look at Kuldeep in place of Chahal,” Wasim Jaffer concluded.