IPL 2022: Umran Malik waiting for 'selectors call' to make Team India debut

SRH speed demon Umran Malik believes that he is ready for Team India debut and is waiting for a call from the selectors.

Umran Malik picked up his first five-fer for SRH vs GT (Courtesy: iplt20.com)

SRH speed demon Umran Malik was back to his wicket-taking ways after going wicketless in his last three matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Malik picked up the important wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana and captain Shreyas Iyer in his first three overs of the match against KKR in the IPL 2022 contest on Saturday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. 

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Umran Malik eyeing Team India call up

After an impressive performance in the IPL 2022, where Malik clocked 157 kmph with the ball, to record the fastest delivery of the season, the fast bowler has set his sights on Team India call up. He said that he is well prepared to don the Indian jersey in the limited-overs format and if given a chance then he will deliver to the best of his capabilities. 

“I am definitely ready, but it’s up to the selectors to decide. But as far as I am concerned, I am preparing myself and whenever they give me a chance, I will try to perform to the best of my abilities and will give my 100 per cent. I am working hard and waiting for that opportunity, and whenever that comes my way, I want to make the most of it,” Malik told sportstar. 

Umran Malik backed for Team India debut 

Malik could be fast-tracked into the Team India squad, courtesy of his impressive bowling performance in the IPL 2022. It is unlikely that the national selectors, who have been closely monitoring the new talents in IPL, pick up a new squad for the five match T20I series against South Africa starting from June 9 but Malik could be made an exception. His ability to bowl consistently at 150 kmph has made a strong case for him to be fast-tracked into the national team with former India captain Sunil Gavaskar strongly backing him for the selection. 

“I always bowl fast but I’ve been trying to bowl better lines and lengths. Plan was to rotate between between my plans. Idea was to attack the stumps and it’s worked well for me. 155 (kph), hopefully it happens, but the main goal is to bowl well and pick wickets for my team,” Malik had said in a post-match interview and well went on to achieve the feat.

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