Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has demanded a central contract for the SunRisers Hyderabad’s sensational pacer Umran Malik, who has impressed one and all with his talent in the ongoing 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Umran Malik has managed to find ways to remain in limelight ever since the start of IPL 2022. First, it was his raw and explosive pace and then his wicket-taking abilities, it won’t be wrong to say that Umran Malik has been one of the finds of the ongoing season.
On May 5, during the game against Delhi Capitals, Umran Malik touched the 157kmph mark. Earlier, he picked his maiden fifer against Gujarat Titans on April 27. Several cricketers and experts have extended their support to Umran Malik to be in the mix of national setup, Ravi Shastri to wants the BCCI to give Umran Malik a central contract ‘straightaway’.
Yes, Ravi Shastri is so impressed with the talent of Umran Malik that he has sent a message to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Shastri said that a talent like Umran Malik shouldn’t go astray and the speedster should be roped in for the national setup. Yes, Shastri wants the BCCI to take up things a notch higher.
The former head coach of the Indian side has advised the BCCI to keep Umran Malik in the mix and let him learn from the senior players like Mohamed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. He said:
“Central contract straightaway for him (Umran Malik). Don’t let him float around, keep him in the mix with the main players and let him learn by being around the Shamis and bumrahs and see the way they train, the way they manage their workload but don’t let him go astray,”
Furthermore, Shastri also advised Umran Malik to get more consistent with his lines and attack the stumps more without reducing his pace. He said:
“Just tell him to do what he does best. Bowl fast… Also educate him on the lines you’ve got to bowl. Tell him to focus on those three stumps. You get that right first. After that, you can try and learn whatever other skills you want to add. And I promise you this guy is gonna be a handful in red-ball cricket. If you add this guy to Bumrah and Shami I think the Indian attack is going to be a serious one”
“I think he’ll get better and better. Look at the lines he is bowling now. You don’t want him to cut down on pace. The last thing you’d want to tell him is while looking for control you cut down on pace. What you want him to do is get his lines right. If he can attack the stumps consistently varying his length, he will trouble anyone. And he can really rattle a new guy coming in because he’s got the pace, he can keep the batter on his toes but it’s that line if he can hit the right areas without reducing his pace, it’ll make a huge difference,”