Umran Malik, the sensational pacer who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), was not very economical in his side’s recent match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
He bowled just 2 overs and leaked 25 runs without getting a wicket at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (May 08).
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri gave a valuable piece of advice to Umran. The youngster will soon play for India, said Shastri, but he must ensure that he hits the 156-157 kph in the right area, or it could backfire.
“He will play for India very soon but if you don’t get it right that 156 will go for 256 off the bat. And that is exactly what is happening. The pace is good, but you got to get it in your mind that you have to out it in the right areas. Otherwise, just hold yourself back and use that space sparingly to surprise the batter. Those kind of thoughts should go to your mind," Shastri said while speaking to Star Sports after the match.
The 22-year-old made his debut for the Sunrisers in the last season when T Natrajan was ruled out of IPL after testing COVID positive. He was extremely impressive in his debut season bowling at express pace and was retained by the franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 mega-auction.
But that express pace couldn’t save him from getting hit by RCB batters on Sunday and Shastri feels that the Jammu and Kashmir lad would be more effective if he ‘attacks the stumps.’
“If you don’t get it right, you are going to fetch and fetch big time. It goes off the bat at 250 to 300 speed! The pitches will slow up as the tournament progresses and it has become more batting-friendly now so has got to get it right. I’m seeing the media and everywhere it say 156, 157 - it doesn’t matter in this format. You have to get it in the right areas and he has it. If he attacks the stumps he will be far more consistent. 156, 157 - very good - but channelize it in the right direction,” he said.
SRH's defeat to RCB marked their 4th consecutive loss. Currently, they stand at the 6th spot on the points table with 5 wins in 11 matches and will next take on KKR on Saturday (May 14) at the MCA stadium in Pune.