“I have not followed Waqar Younis,” says young pacer Umran Malik￼
Umran Malik snatched a lot of eyeballs during the as of late finished up IPL 2022 and proceeded to take wickets for SunRisers Hyderabad in 14 games while former Australia pacer Brett Lee said Umran reminds him a little bit of Waqar Younis.
Umran Malik snatched a lot of eyeballs during the as of late finished up IPL 2022 and proceeded to take 22 wickets for SunRisers Hyderabad in 14 games, including a fifer against Gujarat Titans.
The pacer bowled reliably in the scope of 150kmph and surprisingly bowled the second-quickest conveyance of the time, at a speed of 157kmph.
The pacer from Jammu has been named in India’s squad for the upcoming five-match series against South Africa, starting Wednesday at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Earlier, while talking to the news agency ANI, former Australia great pacer Brett Lee had said that Umran Malik reminds him a little bit of Waqar Younis.
However, Umran has now stated that he never followed the former Pakistan legend, and instead his bowling ideals are Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohammad Shami.
“I have not followed Waqar Younis. I have a natural action. My idols include (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami and Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) Bhai. I used to follow them when I was playing while coming through the ranks,”Umran told The Indian Express.
The pacer has also said that he hasn’t gotten carried away after being named to the national squad and his goal is to help India win all five T20Is against South Africa.
“There’s no point getting carried away. If it is destined to happen, it will Inshallah. I want to do my best for my country. I have got an opportunity in these five (T20I) matches (against South Africa). My goal will be that we win all five matches, I perform well and single-handedly win those games for India,”said the 22-year-old.
“Firstly, I am grateful for all the love and respect that I have been getting from all over India. Relatives and other people keep coming home, it feels very good. I have been a bit busy after the IPL, but have not missed training and practice,”he added.
Umran Malik has played three first-class matches so far, taking seven wickets. Talking about T20s, he has played 22 games, taking 33 wickets at an average of 21.72 with an economy of 8.83.