Former Pakistan player Kamran Akmal praised the young Indian pacer Umran Malik
The ongoing Indian Premier League has produced a young talent including Umran Malik who has delivered a ball at 157kmph in the game against DC while Kamran Akmal is impressed by the Indian young pacer, Umran Malik.
The ongoing Indian Premier League has produced a young talent in the mega event and Umran Malik is also one of them. The Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, has been the fastest bowler this season.
He delivered a ball at 157kmph in the match against Delhi Capitals making it the fastest delivery of the IPL 2022.
His rise has led many to believe that the young pacer Umran Malik should be fast-tracked into the Countryside. Former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal had an interesting take on Malik.
“If Umran Malik was in Pakistan, I think he would have made it to the national team. His economy is high but he has got pace and is getting wickets too. Strike bowlers are like that. Brett Lee was like that. Shoaib (Akhtar) Bhai was like that. In Australia (where the T20 World Cup is going to be held) pace will matter,”Kamran Akmal said in an interview with paktv tv.
“Umran will form a great pace line up with Shami, Bumrah, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It will be difficult to face such an attack.”
The wicket-keeper batter who has played 53 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 58 T20Is for Pakistan is impressed by the Indian young pacer, Umran Malik.
“I have seen very less of Umran. But after every match, the speed chart of his bowling shows a speed of 155, 154kmph. It doesn’t get lower than that. So, there is healthy competition for a spot on the Indian cricket team. Earlier, there used to be no genuine fast bowlers in the Indian team and now they have a battery of pace bowlers. You see they have Navdeep Saini, (Mohammed) Siraj, (Mohammed) Shami, and (Jasprit) Bumrah. Umesh Yadav is also bowling well. So, they now have got 10 to 12 fast bowlers and it’s becoming difficult for them,”he said.
Akmal further added that Indian team management has been judicious in giving Malik the time to mature.
“Malik played in the IPL last year too, but I think he did not get many matches. His pace was brilliant then too. If he would have been in Pakistan, he would have played. But Indian team management showed smartness by giving him time to improve,”Akmal said.