Srinagar, May 9: Former India cricketer and India coach Ravi Shastri has issued a stern warning to rising star Umran Malik while backing pacer for inclusion in Team India.
The J&K pacer Umran Malik has taken ongoing IPL 2022 by storm by clocking some of the fastest ever deliveries in IPL history. Everyone is impressed with Malik and so is Ravi Shastri.
“He (Umran) will play for India very soon but if you don’t get it right that 156 will go for 256 off the bat. And that is exactly what is happening. The pace is good, but you got to get it in your mind that you have to out it in the right areas. Otherwise, just hold yourself back and use that space sparingly to surprise the batter. Those kind of thoughts should go to your mind,” Shastri said on Star Sports show.
Shastri advised Umran to keep the speed up but also have hit the right spots and be intelligent enough to read the changing nature of tracks in a long tournament like IPL.
“If you don’t get it right, you are going to fetch and fetch big time. It goes off the bat at 250 to 300 speed! The pitches will slow up as the tournament progresses and it has become more batting friendly now so has got to get it right. I’m seeing the media and everywhere it say 156, 157 – it doesn’t matter in this format. You have to get it in the right areas and he has it. If he attacks the stumps he will be far more consistent. 156, 157 – very good – but channelise it in the right direction,” he said.
Umran Malik along with his teammate Abdul Samad was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 4 crore in the squad ahead of IPL 2022.