Veteran wicket-keeper batter Kamran Akmal heaped reward on Umran Malik, saying that the Jammu and Kashmir pacer would have performed worldwide cricket by now if he was in Pakistan. Malik is presently plying his commerce for the Sunrisers Hyderbad (SRH) and is their second-highest wicket-taker in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 with 15 scalps from 11 matches.
Akmal, who was part of the 2008 IPL-winning Rajasthan Royals (RR) squad, admitted that Malik’s financial system is on the upper facet, however talked about that the pacer is a real strike bowler because of his capability to make common breakthroughs.
Akmal, who performs for the Peshawar Zalmi within the Pakistan Super League (IPL), additionally lauded Indian cricket for altering the face of their cricket by producing fairly just a few high quality quick bowlers through the years.
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“If he was in Pakistan, maybe he would have played international cricket. His economy is high, but he is a strike bowler since he is getting wickets,” Akmal was quoted as saying to Paktv.television.
“After every match, his speed chart comes where he clocks around 155 km/h and it’s not going down. It’s a good competition in the Indian team. Earlier, Indian cricket lacked quality fast bowlers, but now they have a plethora of pacers like Navdeep Saini, (Mohammed) Siraj, (Mohammed) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah.
“Even Umesh Yadav is bowling beautifully. With 10-12 pacers in the ranks, it’s becoming tough for Indian selectors to make selections,” he acknowledged.
The 40-year-old Akmal additionally talked about that letting Malik play for a complete IPL version has completed a world of fine to the speedster’s confidence. Moreover, he drew Malik’s parallels with Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee, two of the quickest bowlers within the fashionable period.
“Last season he played only one or two games. If he was in Pakistan, he would surely have played for us. But Indian cricket showed a lot of maturity by giving Malik a chance to play in an entire IPL season. Brett Lee and Shoaib (Akhtar) bhai were also expensive, but they picked up wickets and that’s how strike bowlers should be,” Akmal added.