Umran Malik Can Be Picked In The Indian Team Soon If He Does Well In South Africa, Reckons Salman Butt

Discarded Pakistan batsman Salman Butt said that Umran Malik will have a good opportunity to get into the Indian team in the upcoming South Africa A tour.

India A team is scheduled to play South Africa A team in three Test matches, each spanning for four days. The tour starts on November 23 in Bloemfontein.

Umran Malik to play for India A team against South Africa A

The sensational young bowler, who hails from the Jammu region of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, has impressed the cricket world with his speed. He’s clocked at 150-plus speed on a few instances in IPL 2021. 

Umran Malik
SRH pacer Umran Malik celebrates the wicket of Srikar Bharat. Credits: IPL

Umran played three matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021 and picked a couple of wickets.

Umran Malik can be included in the Indian team soon: Salman Butt

The 21-year-old is named in the India A team led by Saurashtra batter Priyank Panchal and Salman Butt feels that his extra pace is his weapon that will help the Indian team in future.

Butt also feels that Umran needs to prove his worth in his performance for India A team and could also be looked for the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup.

“Umran Malik can be included in the Indian team soon if he does well in South Africa during the A tour. He has extra pace, which is something unique in Indian cricket.

“He consistently bowls at 150 kph. If he can carry on maintaining the speed, he will hold a special status. If he does well (in South Africa), I am sure he will be picked soon in the national team,” Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel.

Salman Butt
Salman Butt (Image Credit: Twitter)

“The next World Cup is in Australia, and India will need additional options for that event. India have a number of youngsters who can be tried out over the next 10 months. Few of them can play in the last T20I (against New Zealand). They have won the series, so it is a perfect opportunity to try them out,” he added.

Umran also picked six wickets from four games for Jammu and Kashmir in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.

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