India vs South Africa: Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh have been exceptional for their respective teams in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL).
Umran Malik of SRH celebrates. Courtesy: PTI
- Umran Malik generated speeds above 150 km/h on a consistent basis
- Arshdeep Singh played the U19 World Cup for India in 2018
- India have named an 18-member squad for the South Africa T20Is
Fast bowlers Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh have been called up to play in India’s upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa in June. Both Malik and Arshdeep have been exceptional for their respective teams in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL), although their teams, Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Jammu and Kashmir’s Umran breathed fire as he clocked above 150 km/h on a consistent basis. Although he was a tad on the expensive side, the young pacer made regular breakthroughs and also took a five-wicket haul against the Gujarat Titans (GT). Under SRH bowling coach Dale Steyn, Malik has grown by leaps and bounds in his career.
Back in 2021, Malik came to the fore after the Sunrisers picked him up as a replacement for T. Natarajan, who tested positive for COVID-19. Later, the Orange Army retained the seamer, who had managed to steal the limelight by generating serious pace.
ARSHDEEP MAKES THE CUT
Arshdeep, on the other hand, played the 2018 U19 World Cup in New Zealand. However, he played only two matches as Prithvi Shaw’s Boys in Blue preferred the trio of Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Ishan Porel in their fast bowling department.
But his fortunes took a turn after the Punjab Kings (PBKS) picked him to play for them. From the 2020 season onwards, Arshdeep started playing regularly for the Mohali-based team and is currently one of their leading pacers.
The left-armer has been exceptional while bowling in the death overs, and has been economical as well. In 36 IPL matches, Arshdeep has picked up 40 wickets at an economy rate of 8.42 with one five-wicket haul to his name.