Umran Malik has emerged as a great prospect for Indian cricket.© Instagram

Over the past few months, Umran Malik’s speed and performances have earned the pacer many admirers. The 22-year-old is not only one of the fastest bowlers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2022, but he is also the fourth-highest with 22 scalps in 14 overs. A brilliant performance from SunRisers Hyderabad earned Umran a place in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. The fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir was not part of the XI in the first T20I that India lost.

However, Indian cricket great Dilip Vengsarkar thinks Umran “deserves to play” in international cricket, especially when the team plays at home.

“Everyone has a different view of the game. But I think he deserves to play after showing that kind of speed and accuracy in the IPL. Also, when you play (international cricket) at home, it’s the test of someone like him. The right time for people,” Vengsarkar told Khaleej Times.

“He’s one of the most exciting prospects I’ve seen in the last 10 years. I hope he does well because he looks fit and he has the aggression of a fast bowler. He has speed and Accuracy. I think he should be able to play for India for a long time.”

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt also recently said that the Indian management could have rested veteran striker Bhuvneshwar Kumar in favour of Umran, which would give the youngster some much-needed exposure.

“I think they should have put him on the pitch because it will expose him. I don’t know why they should stop him. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a seasoned and he has played well for India. There is no doubt about his quality . He could have been rested like any other player,” Butt said in a video he uploaded on YouTube.


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