Sunil Gavaskar has named a pacer he wants to pick in the Indian squad© Instagram
Battle legend Sunil Gavaskar praised SunRiser’s Hyderabad pacer Umran Malik and pleaded for the speedster to be included in the Indian squad for the one-off test in England and the ODI series there. Malik has struggled with his raw pace throughout IPL 2022 and has so far taken 21 wickets from 13 matches, having been held by SRH ahead of the mega sale in February. Gavaskar said that not only his speed is impressive, but also his accuracy.
“Umran Malik has been very, very impressive with his speed, but more than his speed, it’s his accuracy that has impressed me the most,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports’ ‘Cricket Live’.
“A lot of guys who bowl at that speed tend to spray the ball around, but Umran bowls very few wide throws,” he explained.
“If he can control the wide down the leg side he will be a great bowler because that means he will be hitting the stumps all the time, and with his pace it is not easy to hit straight,” Gavaskar continued.
“If he bowls wicket-to-wicket he will be pretty much an unplayable bowler,” claimed the former India captain.
“He’s going to play for India,” he predicted, adding: “He should be in that Indian squad for the one-off Test and ODI series against England.”
India’s one-off test against England, which will serve as the fifth test of the series that was incomplete last year, will begin on July 1. India held a 2-1 lead in the series before the fifth and final game was canceled due to a Covid outbreak at the visitor camp.
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