Former India National Cricket Team head coach Ravi Shastri has said that the 22-year-old Jammu and Kashmir express pacer Umran Malik needs to be given a BCCI “central contract straightway”.
Sunrisers Hyderabad express pacer 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 in 13 outings.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, former India head coach Ravi Shastri said that the BCCI should keep Umran Malik in the mix and groom him. He also said that Umran will learn more if he stays in the mix with premier pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
“Central contract straightway. And keep him in the mix, don’t let him float around. Keep him in the mix with the main players and then he learns to see (and) being around with the Shamis and the Bumrahs, and see the way they train, see the way they manage their workload.
“Of course, there’ ll be the team. Management there, support staff that’ll help him do that, but don’t let him stray at the moment. Get him into the mix, and keep him there and groom him.” Shastri said on ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time Out on Tuesday.
I promise you this guy is going to be a handful in red-ball cricket – Ravi Shastri
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri further said that Umran will just keep getting better and better and he shouldn’t be told to cut down his pace to focus on control instead he should be told to get his lines right. He said:
“He’ll get better and better. You see his bowling once he takes a wicket. Look at the lines he starts bowling as opposed to when he has not got wicket – that’s when he is trying everything, his lines are all over the place. You don’t want him to cut down on pace. The last thing you would tell him looking for control, cut down on pace.”
“What you want him to do is get his lines right: if he can bowl that stump line, attack the stumps on a constant basis, varying his lengths, he will trouble him. If he gets a wicket and new guy comes in, he can really rattle him because he has got the pace, he can keep the bloke on his toes, but it’s that line – if he gets into that channel, without cutting his pace it will make a huge difference.”
Shastri added that Malik will be a handful pacer for India in red-ball cricket and he along with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah will form a serious pace bowling attack. He asserted:
“I promise you this guy is going to be handful in red-ball cricket. Handful, really. If he is part of an Indian pace battery that (already) has Bumrah, Shami, you add this bloke in (as) a fourth guy it’s going to be a serious (bowling) attack.”
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