India should take Umran Malik to T20 World Cup in Australia: Rashid Latif
- Umran Malik is a 22-year-old fast bowler who is playing for SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022
- Malik is known for his ability to generate sheer pace and bounce
- On Friday, in the game against KKR, he picked up two wickets dismissing Shreyas Iyer and Sheldon Jackson
The outstanding performance of young fast bowler Umran Malik against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday has brought him into the limelight. His two for 27 in four overs impressed the cricket world. The 22-year-old fast bowler got the ability to bowl at a pace of over 145kph regularly.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Latif said that Umran can certainly "make a name for himself" in the coming year for the Indian team, especially in limited-overs cricket considering the sheer pace he generates.
The former wicketkeeper-batter also said that India should select the pacer for the T20 World Cup in Australia as the conditions Down Under will suit his style of bowling. And Umran can cause trouble to the Asian batters.
"After the IPL, they will start preparing for the international matches again. We have an Asia Cup and then the World Cup. They will have to try him out in one of them. On the bouncy pitches of Australia, he can easily take out the Asian batters, whether they're from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or whoever India plays. Maybe the Aussies could play him," he said.
"He could be a very useful bowler there. Because batsmen aren't used to facing such fast bowling nowadays. Most fast bowlers have now dropped in terms of speeds; you look at Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins... Shaheen Afridi swings the ball really well but he clocks in the range of 145 kph. Haris is there but his bouncer isn't as effective as he is with his fuller length. In future, Umran can make a big name for himself with the white ball," added Latif.
On Friday, SRH defeated KKR by seven wickets. Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram scored the fifties each helping the team end on the right side of the finishing line. Nitish Rana’s 54 and Andre Russell’s unbeaten 49 went in vain.