New Delhi. In IPL 2022, a team Gujarat Titans and a bowler Umran Malik are the most discussed. The reason for this is the stellar performance of both of them in this season. Gujarat is on top of the IPL 2022 points table. Whereas Umran has also bowled amazingly so far. 15 wickets in 8 matches are proof of this. He is the second bowler with Yuzvendra Chahal to take 5 wickets in a match this season. This is his second IPL season. 21-year-old Umran has made tremendous improvement in his bowling in just one year. He is also bowling effectively with fast pace. This is the reason why former Indian pacer Munaf Patel is fearing his injury. That’s why he has requested BCCI to take care of Umran.
Munaf Patel wrote in his Indian Express column, “My advice to Umran at the age of 21 would be to go and throw the ball with passion. Seeing him running to bowl makes me want to bowl too. It is great to see such kids getting opportunities in IPL. It feels good that our players are benefiting from the biggest league in the world. Especially those players who come from small places. Otherwise who knows how he (Umran) came here and where he was playing? Now he is the fastest bowler in the league and that makes me very happy.”
Umran should get a chance in Team India soon: Munaf
Munaf wrote in his column about Umran that the BCCI should not wait for him to perform in domestic cricket and then bring him into the Indian team. Even if you take him as the 17th member of the team, but take him on tour with the team. With this, he will quickly learn about the culture and conditions of international cricket.
BCCI should take care of Umran
Giving the example of Umran, the former Indian pacer advised the BCCI that the number of matches played by fast bowlers should be fixed. He said, “Look, when Zaheer Khan initially came to Team India, he used to bowl at a speed of 145 kmph. I also used to bowl at the same pace. Ishant Sharma, VRV Singh were also sharp. At present, the speed of Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini is also good. In such a situation, there should be a system, through which the number of matches a fast bowler will play in a year is fixed. Now of course technology has advanced in terms of physiotherapy and training, but still you have to take care of a bowler like Umran. If you use Umran a lot, chances are he will get hurt and that means he will have to manage his pace. At the moment, he is bowling like icing on the gold.
Dale Steyn will get the advantage
Dale Steyn is currently with Umran. He will get to learn a lot from this legendary bowler. This will make a big difference. Steyn has no ego and he himself used to bowl at a speed of 145 kmph. Whatever Umran gets to learn from Stan, he should learn. This is the golden period of his career. The way he is bowling, he can be seen with the Indian team in the next Test.
‘Umran should work on line and length’
Munaf Patel gave a great advice to Umran. He said that if Umran, like Steyn, focuses more on line and length, then no one can stop him from ruling in international cricket. The rest will again depend on his fitness. You have to compromise on speed to play long international cricket. Because you have to bowl most of the time in India, where the conditions are not conducive for fast bowling. In such a situation, even if Umran bowls at a speed of 145 kmph. But if he keeps the line length accurate and swings the ball, then it will be good for him.
‘I will get to learn a lot from IPL’
Former Indian pacer said about Umran that he must play IPL. If you don’t do this then very few people will be able to see you. In IPL, any player has a lot of opportunity to learn. If we talk about Marco Yansen, he gave 25 runs in the last over of the match against Gujarat Titans. Whereas in the last match, he was the man of the match against RCB. It teaches you that one day you can be on the floor and another day you can come on the floor.
FIRST PUBLISHED : April 29, 2022, 09:37 IST