Umran Malik earned his first call-up in India after an impressive IPL 2022 campaign.© BCCI/IPL
Former Australian cricketer and World Cup winning coach Dav Whatmore said on Sunday that Umran Malik was a breath of fresh air in the world of pace bowling and expressed hope that the 22-year-old will get stronger. In addition, who arrived in Srinagar as part of a private school camp here, said many youth from Jammu and Kashmir would like to emulate the speed sensation. “Umran Malik is a breath of fresh air for the speed and pace of bowling. He has been great to the point of being retained by his (IPL) franchise, which is a great asset. I’m sure there are a lot of youngsters in this standing that Malik wants to match,” the cricketer, who has coached Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the past, told reporters.
He congratulated Malik on his selection in the Indian cricket team. “Let’s hope he does well. We congratulate him on his selection in the Indian squad. We all hope he keeps getting stronger,” said Whatmore.
Asked about his favorites for the IPL final to be played between Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans, Whatmore said it is really good for the IPL for those two teams to play in the final.
“I’m not sure which way to go. There are good reasons for both of them to win the IPL. Maybe I’ll have some support later in the day, but they’re both very, very good teams,” he said.
Whatmore, who was part of the Australian squad that played a game here in 1979, expressed hope that his second visit to the valley would not be his last.
“I played a match here in 1979 when Australia was touring India and there was a match in Srinagar. I remember that was the first match of the tour, so that was my first experience with Srinagar,” he said. “That was great. This is my second visit here and I hope it won’t be the last.”
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