“He’s doing the same mistakes,” Virender Sehwag upset with Umran Malik’s flop show in IPL despite working with Dale Steyn
He bagged just five wickets from eight games at an economy of 10.85 and even got dropped from the side.
Umran Malik, Virender Sehwag
Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s (SRH) tearaway pacer Umran Malik, unlike the previous Indian Premier League (IPL), did not taste much success this season. He bagged just five wickets from eight games at an economy of 10.85 and even got dropped from the side.
However, he did get the chance to feature in the XI during the team’s last league match against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday (May 21) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. But his conceding 41 runs in three overs without a wicket was unimpressive.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag is disappointed with Malik’s performance this year. Sehwag asked why the Jammu and Kashmir pacer did not learn much from his mistakes despite working under the South African legend Dale Steyn, who is the bowling coach of the 2016 IPL champion.
“Umran Malik’s problem is that he keeps shuffling his length. He doesn’t have the experience yet. He might have worked a lot with Dale Steyn, but he hasn’t really got the idea of his length. Despite working with Steyn for so long and learning under him, he’s doing the same mistakes that he did last year,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
Umran Malik reveals why he isn’t performing well
Ahead of SRH’s match against MI, Malik pointed out that he did not get the chance to bowl much which resulted in his below-par show with the ball. “I don’t think my pace is impacted. If I bowl only two overs…I also need some overs to heat up my batteries and get that pace up,” Malik told Murali Kartik.
Malik came to the limelight during the 2021 IPL season for the Orange Army. But his breakthrough season was in 2022, where, in 14 matches, he scalped 22 wickets, including a four and a five-wicket-haul at an economy of 9.03.
Given his not-so-impressive performance in the cash-rich league this year, the road to getting selected in the Indian squad for the upcoming white-ball series will be difficult for the 23-year-old. Since making his debut for the Men in Blue in June 2022 in the T20I series against South Africa, he has been in and out of the side.
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