Brian Lara says Umran Malik reminds him of a West Indies pacer due to sheer speed
SRH young pacer Umran Malik has been impressed by his consistent pace of 150 clicks in the IPL 2022 while SRH head coach and cricket legend Brian Lara praised Umran Malik to soon play international cricket.
Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik has been impressed by his consistent pace of 150 clicks in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League.
The pacer has made life very difficult for the opposition batters, consistently baffling them with sheer speed. The youngster has been on fire for SRH, taking 21 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 20.
While SRH batting coach and West Indian legend Brian Lara, praised Umran Malik to soon play international cricket. He further added that the Indian reminds him a lot of West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards.
“Umran Malik reminds me a lot about Fidel Edwards when he first started, a lot of paces and I hope that he understands it as he goes into international cricket, which I think he’ll eventually play,”Lara said on ‘Cricket Live’ on Star Sports.
After being contained by SRH, the 22-year-old’s rise has been dazzling. Former India coach Ravi Shastri, talking on ESPNCricinfo’s ‘Time-Out,’ said that Umran Malik should be kept around the main Indian team so that he can learn from Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
“(BCCI) Central contract straightaway. Don’t let him float around, keep him in the mix with the main players. Then he learns by being around the Shamis and Bumrahs and seeing the way they train, seeing the way they manage their workload. Of course, the team management and support staff will be there. But don’t let him go astray. Keep him in the mix,”said Shastri.
“I think 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 is not getting a wicket. That’s when he struggles, his lines are all over the place. You don’t want him to cut down on pace. The last thing you’d want to tell him is while looking for control you cut down on pace. What you want him to do is get his lines right. If he can attack the stumps by constantly varying his length, he will trouble anyone. And he can rattle a new guy coming in because he’s got the pace, he can keep the bloke on his toes but it’s that line if he can hit the channel without reducing his pace, it’ll make a huge difference,”he added.