Why is Indian cricket’s hottest prospect sitting on the bench?

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Meet Umran Malik, the most exciting fast bowler to emerge, in recent times.

Malik finished as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the IPL 2022 with 22 scalps in 14 games.

The fast bowler is also part of the India squad for the Ireland Tour later this month.

But shockingly, he warmed the bench throughout the India-South Africa T20I series.

Even the great Sunil Gavaskar has said that he have rarely seen such an exciting prospect in Indian cricket.

“He is one of the most exciting prospects I have seen in the last 10 years.”

“I hope he does well because he looks very fit, and he has that aggression of fast bowler.”

“He has got pace and accuracy. I think he should be able to play for India for a long time.”

“The last time, I am trying to think… The last time I got really excited at seeing an Indian Player was Sachin Tendulkar”, said Gavaskar.

Even former Indian cricket team captain Dilip Vengsarkar is surprised on Malik not getting a chance in the playing XI.

“It’s not fair for me to comment since I’m not part of the team management. Not playing Umran immediately could be part of team strategy.”

However, earlier, Vengsarkar had said Umran “definitely deserves to play” international cricket, especially when the team is playing at home.

“Everybody has a different outlook on the game. But I feel he deserves to play after showing that kind of speed and accuracy in the IPL.”

“Also when you are playing international cricket at home, that’s the right time to test somebody like him.”

We agree with Vengsarkar and hope the 22-year-old Malik gets a chance in the India playing XI soon.


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