‘Umran Malik is a diamond…he is creating fear in the hearts of batsmen with his speed’

New Delhi. Terming Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik a ‘diamond’, New Zealand great Daniel Vettori has said that the youngster’s pace creates panic among batsmen, so his workload should be managed. Former New Zealand captain and spin legend Vettori said Malik emerged as a ‘rare’ talent after the end of the era of Brett Lee, Shoaib Malik and Shaun Tait.

Vettori has taken 362 wickets in 113 Tests and 305 wickets in 295 ODIs. He said in the ‘T20 Time Out’ show of ‘ESPNcricinfo’, ‘His pace creates panic among batsmen and this happens not only with the tail batsmen but with all the batsmen. We don’t often see bowlers bowling at 153-154 kmph. It’s amazing speed, it’s rarely seen after Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar or Shaun Tait.

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Vettori said, ‘So you can see the thrill that gets to see the ‘X factor’ (special talent) in the match.’ He also said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should manage Malik’s workload to save this ‘rare’ talent.

According to Vettori, ‘He is a diamond and it is just a matter of how his talent is taken care of in the next two years in Indian cricket and how to get the best out of it. If he comes under the umbrella of BCCI or NCA (National Cricket Academy) it will be the best thing for him and he can manage his workload as there is a temptation for a player to keep bowling for his pace. ‘

He said, ‘I am saying this based on the conversation I had with Shane Bond because he feels that the more you bowl, the slower you keep going.’ Bond is the current bowling coach of the Mumbai franchise in the Indian Premier League, who is also a great New Zealand fast bowler. Vettori said, ‘In the subcontinent, you are used as a net bowler, you go on tours. So the workload may be slightly higher.

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