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Umran Malik in India’s T20 World Cup squad? Irfan Pathan shares his views

CricketUmran Malik in India’s T20 World Cup squad? Irfan Pathan shares his views

Umran Malik’s pace has been the talk of the town ever since he made his IPL debut. The Jammu and Kashmir cricketer finished IPL 2022 with 22 wickets to win emerging player of the tournament award.

His IPL heroics earned him a place in India’s squad for recently-concluded T20I series against South Africa. However, Umran wasn’t provided any chance in the playing XI.

But as Australian conditions are quite supportive to express pace bowlers, the debate has spread about whether or not Umran Malik would make it to India’s T20 World Cup squad, which will be held Down Under.

To answer this question, Star Sports had former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan onboard. Here’s what he said:

“He has not yet played; he has still not made his debut. First make him debut, see how he goes when he makes his debut. But if he makes his debut and god forbid if it does not go well, don’t leave him aside.”

“We have never had a bowler who bowls at 150 kph; now we have got that, so take him for the long haul carefully. You have to see what is his longevity, how long his fitness is going to take him,” he added.

Irfan also lauded the youngster for his rare talent.

“One thing he has got is raw pace, which you either have, or you don’t. You cannot teach anyone to bowl fast, whether it is Irfan Pathan or the world’s best mentor or coach, you can only make him better.” Pathan said.

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