Umran Malik
Umran Malik. Image: IPL/BCCI

Legendary Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas praised the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Umran Malik and said that he will be a great bowler for the India National Cricket Team.

Umran Malik has impressed everyone with his ability to bowl the deliveries consistently at over 150kph in the Indian Premier League 2022. Currently, he is the 4th highest wicket-taker in the IPL 2022 with 21 wickets under his belt.

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

Meanwhile, Vaas said that Umran is getting better day by day and he will go a long way if he gets proper opportunities.

“I think he (Umran) is getting better day by day and I saw him playing in the last IPL as well. He is bowling (with pace) consistently and accuracy is important when it comes to T20 cricket. And he will be a great bowler for India. He will be there with (Jasprit) Bumrah (as a bowling pair), I guess, if India gives him a chance. He will go a long way,” Vaas said.

He added that the reason behind India having soo many good cricketers is their amazing first-class structure.

“India has a good first-class structure and most of the first-class teams are producing lots of (good) cricketers and even Indian cricket has a plan going forward. This is why they are able to produce so many fast bowlers and good cricketers,” Vaas asserted.

I am so glad that in this IPL, most of the Sri Lankan got opportunities – Chaminda Vaas

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Chaminda Vaas (Photo-Reuters)

The legendary Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas was highly impressed with the performances of Sri Lankan players Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League.

“I am so glad that in this IPL, most of the Sri Lankan got opportunities and they believe in themselves that they can do (play) a bigger role in the IPL. And the best example is Wanindu (Hasaranga). Wanindu is a star and he has always performed well in the Sri Lanka team but here (in the IPL) he is doing amazing. Not only him but others are doing (playing) their part (well) and it is good for the future players of Sri Lanka to come and play in the IPL. It is a morale-booster for the youngsters,” stated Vaas.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Image: BCCI/IPL

“Dushmantha has come a long way. I was working with the national set-up for eight months and he has improved a lot. I am already pleased with his performance and he will be a future star,” he stated.

He added that the Sri Lankan pacer Matheesha Pathirana, who has a bowling action like Lasith Malinga, has a brilliant future.

“When I was the Under-19 coach (of Sri Lanka), he (Matheesha) came from that group. I’ve seen his potential. He is bowling like Malinga and he has a brilliant future. With his action, he might get injuries. He has to look after himself and Sri Lanka Cricket (also needs to) take care of him,” he stressed.

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