Irfan Pathan criticizes Umran Malik’s first strike in the second ODI match between India and Sri Lanka at Eden in Kolkata on Thursday, January 12 Manifest spell.
Umran took two wickets but conceded 48 in his seven overs as the Blues beat the Lankan Lions for 215 after Dasun Shanaka opted to bat first. The hosts chased the target with four wickets and 40 deliveries to seal the three-match series ahead of the final match in Trivandrum on Sunday, January 15.
“The first spell was disappointing. You couldn’t see the control of the line and the length at all in the first spell, which was much better in the last game. He was trying to be there (in the first game) in a Good zone play. The more authentic the course, the more you have to try to play in one zone.”
However, the former India all-rounder stressed that the Jammu and Kashmir Speedster should not compromise on his speed in order to improve his lines and length, elaborating:
“I’m not saying that Umran Malik just needs to bowl in the right areas because his main strength is speed. He shouldn’t deviate from speed at all. He has to keep bowling at 145-150 km/h regularly, but with that, he has to Challenge yourself regularly to hit the ball to the stumps in your mid-thigh.”
Umran fumbled and gave up 30 runs in the first three overs he threw. Kusalmendis Nuwanidu Fernando hit three fours and six sixes to force Rohit Sharma to take his attacking weapon out of the attack.
Irfan Pathan on Umran Malik’s areas of improvement
Pathan believes Umran has set his radar when pitching to lefties, explaining:
“His biggest hint is that when he goes around the wicket to a left-handed batsman, you always feel like he’s not giving space because that angle is inwards and the batsman gets batted after getting the inside edge. ball because of cramping”
The cricketer-turned-commentator believes SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) Pacers become better bowlers once they create angles similar to righties, saying:
“It means they’re going to be beaten by speed and angle. It would be great if he brought the same angle to right-handed batsmen over time. Work in progress but definitely in the right direction , because he is picking wickets regularly.”
Umran has taken 12 wickets in 7 ODIs with a reasonable economy rate of 6.31. In the 12 innings he has bowled on the international stage, he has only missed a wicket once, and in his T20I debut against Ireland, he missed just once.
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