Parvez Rasool
Parvez Rasool (Image Credit: Twitter)

The first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play for India and in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Parvez Rasool has said that for newbie pacer Umran Malik to flourish, the mentorship of senior pacers in the Indian team, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami will be important.

Umran Malik, who recently caused shockwaves in the IPL 2022 thanks to his ferocious bowling speed, earned a maiden Indian team call-up when the Chetan Sharma-helmed selection committee on Sunday (May 22) named an eighteen-member squad for the upcoming T20I home series against South Africa.

If he manages to wear the India jersey, he will become the second Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) player to don the India blue after veteran all-rounder Parvez Rasool. Malik snared 22 wickets in 14 matches at 15.29 runs apiece and an economy of 9.03. He bowled well over 150 kph regularly and bowled the fastest ball in IPL 2022 league stages at 157 kph.

Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammad Shami’s Mentorship Important For Umran Malik - Parvez Rasool
Umran Malik
Umran Malik. (Photo: IPL)

Although senior bowlers like Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for the South Africa series, Rasool believes that SRH’s newest star will learn a lot from them in his future assignments.

In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, the former J&K captain Rasool recently said:

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I think Bumrah and Shami’s mentorship will be very important for Umran. They have won India many matches and have the experience of bowling in overseas conditions, especially in the SENA countries. The more time Umran spends with such positive people, the better his bowling will become.”

Malik also picked a fifer (5/25) and a four-wicket haul in the IPL 2022 for SRH.

Umran Malik Should Board The Australia-Bound Flight To Play In The T20 World Cup: Parvez Rasool

Parvez Rasool also said that given his fiery pace, Umran Malik should also be included in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 which will be played on the bouncy pitches of Australia.

Rasool, who’s awestruck by the speedster’s meteoric rise, feels that the latter should be tried out in all three formats considering his wicket-taking ability.

SRH's Umran Malik- Photo- BCCI
SRH’s Umran Malik- Photo- BCCI

He added: “I think Umran is ready to shine in every format. He’s in top form at the moment, so if he does well against South Africa, he should board the Australia-bound flight to play in the T20 World Cup. I would advise him to take one series at a time.”

Malik was picked as a net bowler for India in the T20 World Cup 2021 after impressing in a handful of opportunities he got for SRH in IPL 2021.

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