ENG v IND 2022: “Don't select Umran Malik in T20Is”, Madan Lal feels the pacer should be played out in Tests first

The young seamer conceded 56 runs in his four overs in the third T20I against England.

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Fast bowler Umran Malik, who had impressed everyone with his performance in the IPL 2022, received a bit of perspective by England on Sunday (July 10) when the English batters smacked him all around the park. Although Umran dismissed Jason Roy, he ended up conceding 56 runs in his 4 overs.

The hosts posted a mammoth total of 215/7 in 20 overs which India despite Suryakumar Yadav’s extraordinary innings (117 off 55 balls) fell short of the target by 17 runs. This was only Umran's third T20I and he had conceded 42 runs in his previous match as well. 

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In order for Umran to bowl many overs and learn how to swing the ball, it is better for him to play Test cricket, according to former India fast bowler Madan Lal.

“Don't make him play T20 cricket. Get him to play Test matches. Harden him like that. As a pacer, I say that he is a very good bowler but you have to make him a bowler. Give him a chance in Test cricket where he can bowl 10-15 overs and learn the craft of getting wickets,” he said on Sports Tak.

Lal stated that if he was the selector, the 22-year-old wouldn’t have been included in the T20I playing XI.

“Here the batters were ready for him and he was the one who got hit the most. His deliveries were nicely coming on to their bats. I had said earlier that speeds won't be of much use if you don't take wickets and you don't move the ball. He is inexperienced and that experience will come in Test matches. If I was the selector, I would not have taken him in the T20 squad,” he said further.

India scored 198/9 with Suryakumar becoming only the sixth batter from his country to score a century in T20Is, despite losing the 3rd T20I won the series 2-1, having beaten the home side in the previous 2 matches.




By Abhishek Ghan - 12 Jul, 2022

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