India’s young sensation Umran Malik has impressed one and all with his performance. Umran rose to fame after he gave nightmares to the batters during the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad. It didn’t take much time for the BCCI to draft him into the national squad and give him a couple of chances.
Recently, after a lot of wait, the team management brought him back into the Indian squad for the New Zealand tour. The 23-year-old didn’t play the T20I series against New Zealand but he finally made his ODI debut for the Indian cricket team where he picked up 2/66. He picked two out of the three New Zealand wickets. The pace sensation was regularly clocking over 145 clicks and even hitting the 153 kph bracket
Umran Khan has impressed several legends around the world including the likes of Wasim Akram, Zaheer Khan, Ravi Shastri, and Shoaib Akhtar, among others. He has now grabbed the attention of former Indian bowler Ashish Nehra with his impressive bowling skills.
In an exclusive interaction with Prime Video, Ashish Nehra heaped praises on India’s young pace sensation and said that everybody is excited about his career because of his pace. He also made a big prediction about Malik. He said:
“There is no doubt that he is one of the shining lights of not only this tour but whenever he has played before. Everybody is excited about him and the main reason is his pace. You said that he is not someone who is only looking to bowl 4 overs. He has started his career with T20 cricket but I have seen him bowl 16-18 and 20 overs with rapid pace. He is young, he is quick. He is not someone who will hold back or bowl only 80-85 percent. He is not someone only looking to play T20 cricket which is a great thing in today’s day and age,”
Further, Nehra reckoned that Umran Malik can be in for the long haul. He pointed out that the upcoming months will go on a long way in determining how Umran’s career is shaped. He also mentioned that Malik is certain to grab the imagination of a lot more people in the future. He said:
“We have seen how T20 cricket has evolved. Majority of the players are keener to play T20 cricket first and that way he is different. The more you play the better he will get. He has shown good control with the old ball and it will be interesting to see how he bowls with the new ball, how the selectors use him and how the management wants him to be used. There is no doubt about it that all eyes will be on him in near future,”