Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma (Image Credit: Twitter)

South African white-ball skipper Temba Bavuma said his side is wary of the threat posed by speedster, Umran Malik, but insisted that they are well prepared considering they have equally fast stocks in their bowling department.

Umran shone through in the IPL 2022 season with his impressive pace, clocking the second-fastest delivery (157 kmph) in the season. He received his maiden call-up to the national side ahead of the 5-match T20I series against India.

He is expected to make his debut and could potentially be part of the squad that will travel to Australia for the T20 World Cup, given things go well in the buildup.

Umran Malik
Umran Malik. Image: IPL/BCCI

Umran Malik is an exciting pace bowling prospect for the Indian team. IPL has been great for the Indian team as they are able to unearth all these fast bowling options. I think in South Africa we grow up facing fast bowlers but I don’t think no batter likes to face a ball at 150 kmph. But you prepare as well as you can.

We also got guys who can bowl 150 kmph. So we have that weaponry in our arsenal. But Umran Malik is a special talent for Team India and I hope that he could emulate his IPL performance in international cricket,” Bavuma said ahead of the series.

“The important thing is to prepare for the World Cup” – Temba Bavuma

As expected, all teams will be looking to finalize their squads for the T20 World Cup. Bavuma expressed the same opinion and hoped to find the right combination of players for the marquee event.

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We don’t have the luxury to rest players. India may be resting a few players but the guys who are playing are also in good form and are great players. The important thing is to prepare for the World Cup. The guys need to be in a competitive space. And India series will be an important part of the competitive process,” he also mentioned.

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