India will soon take on South Africa on 9th June for five T20 International games. It will be the India tour of South Africa and will play the matches in various Indian cities. Both the teams have landed in New Delhi and are practicing for the upcoming twenty-twenty.
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Umran Malik is a fast pace bowler who recently rose to fame for his incredible performance in IPL 2022. Malik is officially selected to play his first T20 International for India in the home series. Malik made his name amongst international players for his fast bowling. He was the swiftest bowler in IPL 2022 with a speed of 157 km per hour. Indian Head Coach Rahul Dravid attended a press conference regarding the series against South Africa at Arun Jaitley stadium.
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He stated, “Yeah, it is exciting. He certainly bowled quick and with pace. Another thing which has been interesting for me watching the IPL from the outside is the number of Indian bowlers bowling fast. And obviously, being coach of all three formats of the game, I would love to see that translated into the longer formats of the game. But it is brilliant in terms of watching Umran in the nets, you can see that he has got that pace.”
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Dravid added, “Obviously, he is learning. He is a young boy and he is getting better, improving. The more he is able to play, the better he is going to get. From our perspective, very happy to have someone like him in the mix. We have to see how much playing time we can give him, we need to be realistic, we have a large squad, it is not possible to give everyone playing XI time. I think I am certainly someone who likes to have that consistency, give people and let him feel settled in the positions. It would be interesting time to see how much playing time we give to Umran, we also have Arshdeep here who is brilliant as well. We have experience in the form of guys who have been with us before, Harshal, Bhuvi, Avesh. There are certain things we need to look at but it is nice and exciting to have a couple of young guys in the mix as well. It has given an opportunity for us to broaden our pool and see what they can do.”
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