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

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal lauded the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Umran Malik and said that the pacer would have played international cricket by now if he was with the Pakistan National Cricket Team.

Jammu and Kashmir express pacer Umran Malik has impressed everyone with his ability to clock the deliveries consistently at over 150kmph. So far the right-arm pacer has bagged 15 wickets for Kane Williamson and co. and is their second-highest wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League 2022.

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Kamran Akmal
. (Photo: Twitter)

Meanwhile, Kamran Akmal said that the economy of the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer is on the higher side but still he is the “strike bowler”. The Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman also mentioned that India National Cricket Team now have several good fast bowlers, which they lacked earlier.

“If he was in Pakistan, maybe he would have played international cricket. His economy is high, but he is a strike bowler since he is getting wickets,” Akmal was quoted as saying to Paktv.tv.

“After every match, his speed chart comes where he clocks around 155 km/h and it’s not going down. It’s a good competition in the Indian team. Earlier, Indian cricket lacked quality fast bowlers, but now they have a plethora of pacers like Navdeep Saini, (Mohammed) Siraj, (Mohammed) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah.

Umran Malik. Photo- IPL
. Photo- IPL

“Even Umesh Yadav is bowling beautifully. With 10-12 pacers in the ranks, it’s becoming tough for Indian selectors to make selections,” he stated.

Indian cricket showed a lot of maturity by giving Umran Malik a chance to play in an entire IPL season – Kamran Akmal

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

The 40-year-old further said that Umran Malik, who played only a few games in IPL 2021, playing the entire IPL 2022 season will be very beneficial for him.

“Last season he played only one or two games. If he was in Pakistan, he would surely have played for us. But Indian cricket showed a lot of maturity by giving Malik a chance to play in an entire IPL season.”

“Brett Lee and Shoaib (Akhtar) bhai were also expensive, but they picked up wickets and that’s how strike bowlers should be,” Akmal added.

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