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IND vs SA: Umran Malik over the moon after maiden national call-up – It was my dream to play for India


Umran Malik earned his maiden India call-up after he picked up 22 wickets for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2022 and bowled at speeds in excess of 150 km/h on a consistent basis.

Umran Malik of SRH. Courtesy: PTI

Umran Malik of SRH. Courtesy: PTI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Malik picked up 22 wickets in IPL 2022
  • Malik bowled at speeds of 150 km/h on a consistent basis
  • Malik earned his maiden India call-up for the South Africa series

Jammu and Kashmir fast bowler Umran Malik was on cloud 9 after he was called up to play for India in the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa. A year ago, Malik was someone who had very little experience of playing for his domestic team, let alone playing at a higher level.

But after he was roped in as a replacement for T Natarajan in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), his fortunes have turned for the better. In the 2022 edition of the IPL, Malik was the leading wicket-taker for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), having picked up 22 wickets from 14 matches.

“Thanks to god, I got an India call-up as it was my dream to play for the country,” Umran was quoted as saying in a video, uploaded on BCCI’s official Twitter handle.

Umran recently attended India’s practice session at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi before facing the Proteas. The Young Turk was happy after having interactions with head coach Rahul Dravid and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey.

“I was very excited as I joined Team India and practised with everyone. I was positive that I would be able to bowl well, I was confident,” he said. “The team environment is healthy as everyone is like brothers after we played together in the IPL.”

“I was delighted to interact with a legend as big as Rahul Sir. He advised me to stick to my strategies. Paras Sir was also guiding me on how to bowl and it gave me a lot of confidence because if a coach talks to you, it’s for your improvement,” Umran said.

Umran also mentioned how he used to follow the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.

“When I used to play with the tennis ball, I used to watch Bhuvi bhai, Shami bhai aur Bumrah bowling yorkers,” he added.



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