Umran Malik has been referred to as the next major talent in Indian cricket ever since the day of his debut. For Indian cricket fans, his capacity to stride in and bend his back while creating pace above 150 was something fresh. India is not recognized for developing quick bowlers, unlike our neighbours. Umran’s participation in the game wasn’t overlooked because of the many supporters who were enamoured with the Jammu and Kashmiri lad.
While superstars like Brett Lee and Dale Steyn were outspoken in their support of Umran, former Pakistani captain Wasim Akram even questioned why he wasn’t selected for the 2022 T20 World Cup team. But Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar provided the best comments which completely floored the pacer.
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Sunil Gavaskar’s Comments Huge Deal For Umran Malik
“The last time I got really excited at seeing an Indian player was Sachin Tendulkar. And after that, I am excited to see Umran Malik. I do believe he should play,” When Umran received his first call-up to the Indian team in June, Gavaskar made the statement during the T20I series between India and South Africa.
Umran, meantime, couldn’t help but be himself in a discussion with News 24 Sports when he learned about it.
“Thank you, sir. If he gets excited seeing me, I am thankful. I obviously like it if someone says something good about me. For me, it’s a huge deal,” in an interview with News24 Sports, Umran stated.
The BCCI quickly integrated him into the team because of his talent to bowl quickly. He has so far played for his nation in both ODIs and T20Is. Test matches are the last frontier.
“See, whatever call I get regarding whichever cricket, I have to play. Be it Ranji or anything else. Even when I am not on National duty, I will play everything that comes my way. I am ready to play any and all format. Every cricketer dreams of wearing the Test jersey and hopefully, whenever I get the chance, I will give my best,” added Umran Malik.
Umran Malik will once more be the centre of attention when the India team, captained by Hardik Pandya, takes on Sri Lanka in the three-match T20I series. He is anticipated to be in the starting eleven for the opening game at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.