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VideosWATCH: Zaheer Khan backs Umran Malik as India to take on SA in 3rd T20 today

Srinagar: Former India pacer Zaheer Khan has backed J&K pace sensation Umran Malik to make Team India debut as the hosts are set to take on South Africa in the third T20I of the series today at Vizag.

Team India who trail in series by 2-0 reached Vizag on Monday to take on SA at Dr. Y.S.R. ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam today (Tuesday) in the third T20.



Zaheer Khan feels that some extra pace might come in handy for India. The former pacer also noted that Malik got the wicket of South Africa batter David Miller in the IPL while bowling from around the wicket, which he thinks might be a good match-up.


“Inclination might be towards Umran for the next match. Extra pace can be handy. We have seen that in the IPL. We have seen Umran get (David) Miller out on one occasion with the ball, coming around the wicket and bowling really fast,” said Zaheer in a discussion with Cricbuzz.


Zaheer reckons that a fast bowler coming in for the next T20I game might be possible due to the small dimensions of ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, which might put spinners under pressure. Malik bowled one of the fastest delivery in the history of the IPL in this season.

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“That’s something which can be a good match-up. You can go for runs as well, but you need to have that X-factor, something different which will, maybe, have that impact. We might see a quick bowler coming in. I am expecting that one change purely because the ground is small,” Zaheer said.

Umran Malik picked up 22 wickets in 14 games in the IPL 2022, which included 5/25 against Gujarat Titans.

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