IND v SA T20I: “I am very happy with his selection…” – Kapil Dev opines on Umran Malik’s international debut

Umran received his first India call-up following a stellar IPL 2022 season in which he finished as the fastest Indian pacer in the tournament, picking up 24 wickets in 14 matches.

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After an excellent performance in the just wrapped Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, speed sensation Umran Malik was given his first call-up to the national team. Umran seized the season by surprise with his lightning pace, finishing the IPL 2022 season as SRH’s leading wicket-taker with 22 wickets in 14 games.

Umran’s ability to reliably hit 150 kmph with the ball makes him a valuable asset, and he is expected to make his India debut shortly after being named in the team for the present T20I series against South Africa.

Many wanted Umran to debut, but the Indian team’s management is undoubtedly cautious of forcing the young player into the starting lineup.

Meanwhile, Kapil Dev, the 1983 World Cup winning Indian captain, has spoken out over Umran Malik’s international debut.

“I am very happy with his selection. But it’s too early… you have to give him at least two-three years at this level. We reserve high praise for a player, then he disappears after one year… but there’s no lack of talent,” on the Uncut YouTube channel Kapil Dev stated.

The former captain further added, “I want Umran to keep himself in a good environment and continue the hard work at the same pace. By seeing his ability, I don’t think he lacks anything. He needs to develop a great mindset moving forward, and also needs to consult good bowlers and see footage of their bowling. He bowls fast and takes wickets as well. We have seen players who can bowl fast but can’t pick up wickets. This young guy has done both. Maybe that’s why he got a call-up so early. The IPL has opened the door to the national team for many players. But we have to give them two-three years at the international level”.

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