Young Umran Malik grabbed the limelight with his pace in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. He played in all league stage games for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) that season, finishing as the fourth-highest wicket winner of the tournament with 22 scalps. His success in the league earned him a first call-up from India for the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. However, the right arm quick has yet to make his international debut.
Many pundits have praised Umran after an impressive IPL season. However, former Indian captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev believes the youngster has at least 2-3 more years left at the top level.
Speaking to ABP Uncut on YouTube, Kapil praised Umran’s pace but stressed how he needs to work on his savings rate.
“I am very happy with his selection. But it’s still too early… You have to give him at least two to three years at this level. We reserve kudos for a player, then they disappear after 1 year… but there’s no shortage of talent. I want Umran to stay in a good environment and continue the hard work at the same pace. When I see his skills, I don’t think he’s missing anything. He needs to develop a great mindset to move forward, and he also needs to consult good bowlers and watch footage of their bowling,” Kapil Dev said.
“He bowls fast and takes wickets too. We’ve seen players who can bowl fast but can’t pick up wickets. This young man has done both. Maybe that’s why he got a call so early. The IPL opened the door to the national team for many players. But we have to give them two to three years at international level.
“If you’re bowling 150 or more, an economy of 9 isn’t a good thing. It should be around 6 to 7. He (Umran) needs to improve that… try Yorkers and understand the batter’s mindset. But all of these things evolve over time. He’ll improve playing against quality batters and hopefully his economy will drop,” he added.
Before the 1stSt T20 against South Africa, substitute captain Rishabh Pant had also hinted the pace sensation might have to wait for his chance to play for India.
“He’s an incredible prospect for us. But over time he will learn to control his aggression, line or length. He bowled well in the IPL but in the future we will see him with flying colors I think. But I think it will be some time before we as a team think that people who came first will give them chances early on,” Pant said during a press conference on Wednesday.
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