Former Indian player Wasim Jaffer is keen to see Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) young sensational pacer Umran Malik perform in the upcoming season of IPL 2022.
Malik, who hails from the Jammu region of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, left everyone astonished with his ferocious deliveries in IPL 2021. Although the 22-year-old pace bowler just played three games for the Orange Army, he ensured that he made every game count with his bowling sharpness.
It remains to be seen how Umran Malik performs with the pressure of expectations: Wasim Jaffer
Malik was a net bowler with SRH during their IPL 2021 campaign and only when T Natarajan was isolated after testing COVID-19 positive. The youngster was named a short-term replacement for the Tamil Nadu pacer and he clocked 150-plus bowling speed on his IPL debut against Kolkata Knight Riders. Malik surpassed the 150-mark speed on a few more instances in the tournament.
The Jammu & Kashmir player was retained by the Orange Army in the IPL 2022 retention players’ list. Jaffer wants to see how the youngster performs after being retained by the franchise to play a full season.
“Umran Malik was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad. It remains to be seen how he performs with the pressure of expectations, having been retained. He is somebody who bowls 150 clicks (kph). It will be really interesting to see how he turns up in the tournament this time,” Jaffer told ESPNcricinfo.
Arshdeep Singh’s graph has risen in the IPL: Wasim Jaffer
Jaffer also applauded left-arm pace bowler Arshdeep Singh, who was retained by Punjab Kings along with Mayank Agarwal, for improving his performance over the years. Arshdeep picked 18 wickets from 12 games in IPL 2022 at an economy rate of 8.27 and also became controlled the runs while bowling in the slog overs.
“Arshdeep Singh’s graph has risen in the IPL over the last couple of seasons. Undoubtedly, he has been very impressive. He has bowled the important overs for Punjab Kings and has done really well, which is why he was retained,” Jaffer asserted.
“It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure this time. I feel this season as well he will bowl those crucial overs, in the powerplay and at the death,” he added.
Punjab Kings will play their first match against RCB on March 27 while SRH will take on Rajasthan Royals on March 29.