The open-chested bowling action of Umran Malik might resemble the bowling action of the legendary Pakistani fast bowler Waqar Younis, but Umran has revealed that he never followed the bowling of Waqar Younis and never tried to copy his bowling action. The action he bowls with comes naturally to him and it’s not a result of watching or following anyone’s bowling.
According to Umran Malik, who was speaking at Indian Express Idea Exchange, if he has to talk about his bowling idols, it’s the spearheads of the Indian bowling attack, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami, who are his idols because those are the bowlers he has followed and has seen them win games for India.
When asked if he is looking to break Shoaib Akhtar’s record of bowling the fastest delivery ever in the game of cricket, Umran said that’s not what he is focusing on at all. If he is able to do that in any of the games, it will be good, but it’s not at the top of his priority list. His priority at the moment is to win games for India if he gets an opportunity to play in the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.
Umran Malik has been named in the Indian squad for the first time
Umran Malik has been named in the Indian squad for the T20I series against South Africa as two of the senior Indian bowlers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested keeping an upcoming hectic international schedule in mind.
Now it remains to be seen if Umran makes his international debut against South Africa or not because apart from him, two other young bowlers are also in the Indian squad in the form of Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan and they might get the opportunity to play before Umran.