The former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev recently shared his take on the high praises of India’s bowling sensation Umran Malik. The youngster has emerged as a future star following a stellar Indian Premier League (IPL) season with SunRisers Hyderabad. Jammu & Kashmir-based pacer grabbed the headlines with his pace that helped him transcend the 150 kph mark on a constant basis. He finished the 10-team competition with 22 wickets and even clocked 156.9 kph (97.5 mph), the second-fastest delivery of the tournament. However, Kapil Dev wants the bowler to be given a period of a few more years to display his full potential.
Kapil Dev opens up on Umran Malik
Malik was handed his maiden call-up to the Indian side for the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. The 22-year-old Umran is yet to make his national debut and legendary Kapil Dev believes the speedster needs to be given two to three years at the highest level. The former India captain lauded Umran’s pace but stressed on how he needs to work on his economy rate:
“I am very happy with his selection. But it’s too early… you have to give him at least two-three years at this level. We reserve high praise for a player, then he disappears after 1 year… but there’s no lack of talent. I want Umran to keep himself in a good environment and continue the hard work at the same pace. By seeing his ability, I don’t think he lacks anything. He needs to develop a great mindset moving forward, and also needs to consult good bowlers and see footage of their bowling,” Kapil Dev said on Uncut YouTube channel.
“He bowls fast and takes wicket as well. We have seen players who can bowl fast but can’t pick up wickets. This young guy has done both. Maybe that’s why he got a call-up so early. The IPL has opened the door to national team for many players. But we have to give them two-three years at the international level.”
“If you are bowling 150-plus, economy of 9 isn’t a good thing. It should be around 6 to 7. He (Umran) has to improve upon this… try out yorkers and understand the mindset of the batter. But all these things develop with time. He will improve as he bowls against quality batters and hopefully his economy comes down,” added the India great.
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