Haven’t Seen A Huge Amount Of Umran Malik But The Fact That He Can Bowl At A Good Pace Is Impressive – Glenn McGrath

Published - 15 Aug 2022, 08:03 PM | Updated - 15 Aug 2022, 08:32 PM

Legendary Australia National Cricket Team pacer Glenn McGrath has said that he is impressed to see India National Cricket Team pacer Umran Malik’s sheer pace. He added that pacers like Umran, who can consistently bowl at over 150kmph, are very rare.

Umran Malik bagged 22 wickets in 14 games in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at an average of 20.18, an economy of 9.03 and a strike rate of 13.40, including a four-wicket haul and a five-wicket haul, and he won the Emerging player of the season award.

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Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)
Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)

After his impressive show with the ball in the Indian Premier League, the pacer got his India call-up. However, after a short 3-match run, he was dropped from the team as he failed to leave a mark at the international level.

In an interview with Cricket.com, McGrath talked about Umran and said that he had not seen much of the pacer, but the fact he clocks the deliveries consistently at over 150kmph is highly impressive.

“I haven’t seen a huge amount of Umran Malik but the fact that he can bowl at a good pace is impressive,” the pacer revealed.

Glenn McGrath stated that he hates to see pacers cutting down their pace to gain more control in the bowling.

“Sheer pace is unique. You can’t teach someone to bowl 150-plus, they’ve got to be able to naturally do that. I hate seeing bowlers slow down to get control. I like to see bowlers working harder on control, putting the time and effort in the nets to get to know their game while still bowling at the top pace. Because someone who bowls at excess of 150 kph is very rare. I don’t like to see express pacers slow down to get control,” he said.

You can’t turn a 130 kph seamer into a 150 kph tearaway – Glenn McGrath

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Glenn Mcgrath[photo: Twitter]
McGrath, who is the director of the MRF Pace Foundation, while talking about the recruitment in the academy, said that they look for pacers, who are tall, can bowl fast and have the ability to generate bounce, swing and seam.

“We are, first and foremost, looking for fast bowlers. You can get someone to bowl a yard or two quicker but you can’t turn a 130 kph seamer into a 150 kph tearaway. That’s just the way it is. It’s about identifying talents who can bowl fast, but also guys that are tall, and can generate bounce, swing and seam. We look at all different attributes — this comes under the skill side of things,” he said in the interview.

“Then, secondly, we ask the question: are they prepared to work hard? You’ve got to have a really good work ethic to be a fast bowler. You’ve got to be prepared to work hard and put your body through pain. And then on top of everything, mental strength and attitude. The difference between a good bowler and a great bowler lies in the mind. Same as how the difference between a good cricketer and a great cricketer is the mental approach, the attitude, routines and how the individual handles things,” he further added.

Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath. (Photo: Twitter)

“We try to provide an environment where they can learn and get to know themselves better because the best coach they can have is themselves. That’s what we try to impart on the players at the academy,” he concluded.

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