RP Singh wants the SRH pacer to emulate Dale Steyn’s career. – ‘If he can swing the ball like Dale Steyn’. Umran was thrashed for 22 runs in his one over against DC before being withdrawn from the XI against KKR.
Singh, the 2007 World Cup-winning bowler, was forthright in his evaluation of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) speedster Umran Malik. Notably, Umran was dropped from the previous match. Against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) due to his poor performance in the ongoing IPL 2023.
The bowler was hit for 22 runs in his lone over. Against the Delhi Capitals and failed to get any wickets. The speedster has taken five wickets in seven matches this season, at an economy rate of 10.35.
Former India pacer RP Singh gave the youngster some wise words. Advising him to model his career after that of SRH fast bowling coach Dale Steyn. The former cricket player thinks that the pacer will benefit in the long run by diversifying his arsenal as his career progresses.
RP Singh: He has speed, and that is a big thing
“Yes, one can debate on how SRH have used Umran (Malik) this season, but even as a bowler you need to give that confidence to the captain that yes you can contribute towards the team. He has speed, and that is a big thing,”RP Singh told.
“If he can swing the ball like Dale Steyn…Umran doesn’t have that ability to swing the ball. The moment he manages to improve on that, maybe learn to bowl those cutters as well, he will be a different bowler altogether,”he added.
He continued by saying that Umran’s incredible speed has given the franchise faith that they would make the necessary gains in the games. The pacer had a fantastic season last year, taking 22 wickets in 14 games, including a personal best of 5/25. The pacemaker has been leaking too many runs in the current edition because he is unable to keep up his rhythm.
“When you are bowling at the speed of 150kmph, you become the go-to bowler for the team and captain would then expect you to take wickets in situations or conditions where no other bowler managed to get a breakthrough. And he did that last season, but that hasn’t happened this time,”RP Singh added.
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