File photograph of Umran Malik.© AFP
Out-of-favour Pakistan quick bowler Sohail Khan has downplayed the tempo of India’s Umran Malik. The Jammu and Kashmir pacer rose to fame in IPL 2021 with the eye-catching pace in his bowling. Umran normally bowls over 145 kmph and has additionally clocked 155 of late at worldwide stage. IPL 2022 noticed Umran placing up an outstanding present that finally helped him achieve a spot within the India squad. So far, he has has performed 8 ODIs and as many T20Is, scalping 13 and 11 wickets, respectively.
Expectations are excessive from the India pacer, who’s being touted to be one of many key bowlers for the crew in upcoming time. However, Sohai feels that Umran’s tempo is just not particular and that Pakistan has loads of such bowlers in home cricket, who can bowl at his pace.
“I feel this Umran Malik guy is a good bowler. I’ve seen him in 1-2 matches. He runs fast and has kept other things in check as well. But if you think of fast bowlers with speed in excess of over 150-155 kmph, I can count 12-15 players right now who play tape-ball cricket. If you go visit the trials organised by Lahore Qalandars, you’ll find many players,” Sohail stated in Hindi on a YouTube video by Nadir Ali.
“Our domestic setup is filled with bowlers like Umran Malik. When a bowler comes through in our domestic level, he becomes a bonafide bowler. Like Shaheen, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf… these are bowlers who know their stuff. I can give you plenty of names,” he added.
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