Srinagar, May 29: Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee has claimed that he can turn J&K pace sensation Umran Malik into a 160kmph bowler within a week.
“Umran Malik is a great find. I wish him well, because I do believe there’s a bigger career waiting for him post the IPL,” Brett Lee told Hindustan Times in an interview.
Lee said that he can make Umran bowl 160kmph bowler within a week.
“Let me have a week with him (Umran Malik), I’ll make him touch 160 (smiles),” Lee said.
“Well, it’s all about training. You’ve got to train correctly and know how to train well. It’s about getting the basics right, doing them better than anyone else. And by that I mean the fundamentals of bowling fast. A lot of people try to over-complicate things. You don’t have to. Bowling can be very simple. And without giving too much away, there are a few little things in his run up where I would adjust and tinker with. And that would definitely make him bowl quicker,” Lee added.
Brett Lee said that fast bowler are always prone to injuries and one has to manage them well.
“It’s obviously very difficult, because the faster you try and bowl, the greater the risk of being in the threshold of getting injured. But also, the greater the reward; the fact that you can take a bulk of wickets at 150-plus is very exciting for me. You’ve got to maintain and look after your body well. The fast bowling action is such an unnatural action. The body is not meant to run in, contort, counter-rotate, hyperextend, twist and turn in layman’s terms. So you’ve got to look after it. A lot of rehabilitation, a lot of warming down, a lot of stretching, not too many big weights in the gym, light weights and high repetitions—those types of things can ensure that your body can stay in good shape,” he added.