South African legend Dale Steyn said on Friday that he is appreciating pausing for a moment or two and watching Umran Malik clatter opposition players with his speed in IPL 2022. Adding that he is savouring the bowling mentor job at SunRisers Hyderabad, Steyn said he needs to do to Umran Malik how Alan Donald treated him during the beginning phases of his illustrious career – being a mentor.
Dale Steyn’s upbeat response to Umran Malik’s burning yorker that thumped the stumps, prompting Shreyas Iyer’s excusal, became a web sensation via social media as the senior quick bowler appreciated seeing a youth do how he treated many hitters during his prime.
I am Kind Of Living Through Him: Dale Steyn On Umran Malik’s Performance
Umran has been making the world pay attention to him with his crude speed for SunRisers. The 22-year-old, who was shocked at his retention by SRH, has reliably timed north of 150 kph in IPL 2022. On Friday, Umran’s improvement was in plain view as the pacer bowled with much more control, getting done with figures of 2/27.
Addressing Star Sports after SRH pulverized Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets, Dale Steyn avoided assuming praise for Umran’s progress in the IPL.
“Umran is fantastic. It (his performances) is no reflection of me at all. It’s all him at the moment. He has got amazing skills, he is showing everybody, bowling 150 kph. I am kind of living through him, wishing I could do it. But it’s all him at the moment. He is certainly somebody whom we should keep an eye on for the future,” Steyn said.
I Am Going To Be There For Him Like Alan Donald Was For Me: Dale Steyn On His Support To Umran Malik
Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar wondered about the chance for Umran, saying the youthful India pacer will long for acclaim from Steyn when he does well for SRH.
When asked about the opportunity for Umran to learn from the best, Steyn responded by saying: “I felt the same when I used to play. I had somebody like Alan Donald in the dressing room. I idolized Alan. When he congratulated me when I did something, that was fantastic. I kind of want to do the same thing for Umran.
“It’s all him. I am going to just be there to put an arm around him when things are not going well and I am just going to be there to shake his hands when it goes really well.”
Someday He Will Concede 40 Or 50 And Someday He Is Going To Get 3/15: Dale Steyn Tells Umran Malik Not To Worry About Economy
Steyn, besides, added that Umran has been told to not stress over economy rates and to attempt to bowl quick and keep the opposition players on thier toes
“He bowls quick, so overall from a team point of view, that’s what we want to see him bowl fast. We are not really too worried about the economy rate, this game works in circles where somebody you are going to concede 40 or 50 and someday he is going to get 3/15. So it kind of evens itself out.
“The job that we want him to do is run in and bowl fast and take poles and make batters play differently. I think my job to him is to impart a little bit of forward-thinking, try and preempt what the batters are going to do”.
Umran has previously bowled the 5 quickest balls of IPL 2022, reliably timing in overabundance of 145kph. With Steyn in the dressing room, Umran will just improve, gaining the speciality of defeating the batter from the legend.