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

RP Singh trusts that SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Umran Malik’s 52-run wicketless spell against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Brabourne Stadium on Thursday (5 May) was a “reality check” for the youngster.

Umran Malik, just 13 IPL matches old, has energized everybody with his capacity to reliably bowl at speed of more than 150 kmph this season. Before Thursday, he even had 15 wickets (from nine games) and a good economy pace of 8.44 to show with it.

However, the Capitals’ David Warner and Rowman Powell came ready for the test. Warner hit him for 21 runs in the fourth over of the powerplay and followed it with 11 and 12 runs in the following two. Powell faced him in the last over and pillaged 19 runs, including a six and three fours. From the start, Umran continued to take his speed higher – additionally letting completely go on length – even hitting 157 kmph once.

Umran Malik (Image Credits: IPL)
Umran Malik (Image Credits: IPL)

Umran Malik Not Ready For The Big Stage Yet: RP Singh

RP Singh, who got 214 wickets during his international career and the IPL joined, said the exhibition showed that Umran is currently at a beginning stage in his career. He said the Srinagar-conceived chap necessities to foster his abilities and be smarter with his arrangements which will just accompany “a great deal of time” and experience. He told Cricbuzz:

“You can see that he’s perhaps in the preparation zone for the big stage, but isn’t properly prepared yet. He was tried in the powerplay where he got a good drubbing and the same happened in the slog overs. So you need to improve a lot.

“Pace isn’t everything. You are a fast bowler with pace, which is a great thing but you also need some skill and use of the mind to go with that – you should know where to bowl against which batter.”

Umran Malik. Photo- IPL
Umran Malik. Photo- IPL

The 36-year-old added: “And you learn that with experience, can’t do it after just two-three games, need a lot of time. Umran Malik is on the right path but this was a massive reality check that when you miss even by a small margin, you get a substantial drubbing.”

Umran’s spell demonstrated exorbitant for his group, who surrendered an enormous 208-run target. After an unfortunate beginning to the pursuit, Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram raised trust with a counter-attack, however, the DC bowlers were too formed and held them down to 186-8, dominating the match by 21 runs.

Rovman Powell’s Dropped Catch Made SRH Pay: Virender Sehwag

Rovman Powell
Rovman Powell. Image: BCCI/IPL

Talking in a similar interaction, previous Indian opener Virender Sehwag highlighted Powell’s dropped catch in the fourteenth over off Umran Malik’s bowling. Kane Williamson got the least demanding of chances at chest level at mid-off yet he shelled it. Sehwag said had the SRH captain taken it, the pacer and his group’s circumstances would’ve been different.

He said: “You also have to see that he was taking wickets before this match. Ok, the first over he bowled in the powerplay went for 20 runs. In the two overs he bowled in the middle, he didn’t get a wicket.

“He got that chance when Powell hit straight to Williamson’s hands but it was dropped. Had he caught that, he (Umran) probably would have picked up one or two more wickets in the over.

This happens, and opportunities are lost. Had he taken that, they wouldn’t have made these many runs but only 170-180.”

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SunRisers Hyderabad will now take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday, May 8, at the Wankhede Stadium.

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