IND vs SA Irfan Pathan on the debut of Umran Malik: Rahul Dravid and team management will back star youngster


The Indian team will be back in action after a gap of more than two months. But this time the team will look completely changed. Because experienced star players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah are out of the T20 series. But before the start of the series, the team has got a big setback. Captain KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav have been ruled out of the series due to injury. Rishabh Pant has been given the captaincy in place of Rahul, while Hardik Pandya has been made the vice-captain.

Many young players have been given a chance in the Indian team for this series. All eyes will be on Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh, who are uncapped players. Both performed consistently in the 2022 Indian Premier League and Umran in particular grabbed everyone’s attention with his superb pace throughout the season.

The Jammu and Kashmir pacer has consistently bowled at over 150kph throughout the season and former India bowler Irfan Pathan believes that the whole world will be excited to see Umran in the Indian jersey.

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“Umran Malik – Wow – you know, he’s bowling consistently at 150kms. I’m really impressed with him. Not just India, but the whole world is excited, because there aren’t many players in the world who consistently bowl 150kms to bowl.”

“So, he has the potential. Obviously, he is inexperienced as far as his first-class cricket is concerned. But I think it is the team management, Rahul Dravid and all the coaches to support him,” he added.

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