Former South African pacer and Sunrisers Hyderabad fast-bowling coach Dale Steyn has warned India about misusing Umran Malik and introducing new things to the newest pace sensation.
The young Jammu and Kashmir speedster has been making noise for his fiery pace in the ongoing IPL 2022. He made and broke a few records of pace in the IPL 15, but still has hot and cold times in the tournament. Despite this, Steyn has stressed that there is no need to try anything too different with Malik.
Dale Steyn told The Week: “[No need to] try anything too different, stick to what you know and what works for you. The moment you start introducing different things to your body, maybe in the gym or in the bowling action, that is when injuries sneak in. For him, it is about managing what he does.”
He added that Malik was certainly capable of playing international cricket and that any team would love to have him in their lineup, but that how the speedster is used will be critical.
Speaking about the young pacer’s potential, he said: “How India uses him is up to them, but he is certainly capable of playing international cricket. One guy is bowling 150kmph consistently; I think every international team will want him. How and where you use him is critical.”
He signed off by saying, “Tell you he is looking for pace all the time. This makes batters think differently in the way they approach him and where they score off him. That is the reason he has picked up wickets. The message to him is to keep things simple. [Just] stay straight, look to attack the stumps, use the bouncer, be smart when you want to change pace, and bowl to your field.”