IPL 2022: Umran Malik still needs time to mature, says Mohammed Shami | Cricket News


MUMBAI: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s detachable young pacer Umran Malik has excited everyone at IPL 2022 with his raw pace, consistently hitting 150km/h while taking 15 wickets in the first eight matches, including a thrilling one at five wickets against Gujarat Titans.
But with Malik without a wicket in his last three games, critics have wondered whether the young Jammu playmaker should be fast-tracked into the Indian team or not. Now Gujarat pace spearhead Mohammed Shami says Malik will need “more time” to mature as a pacemaker.
“I admit the rhythm is there, but personally I’m not a big fan of rhythm. I believe that if you can go 140 km/h and move the ball in both directions as well as the reverse (swing ), so that’s enough to (disturb) the batters. He has incredible pace but he still needs time to mature in my opinion because apart from the pace we also have to apply ourselves,” Shami said during a virtual media interaction hosted by the franchise on Friday.
Besides Malik, Lucknow Super Giants left arm point guard Mohsin Khan captured the imagination of cricket fans, with his ability to swing new ball and be economical while picking ten wickets in six matches. Shami, who spent time training alongside Mohsin during the lockdown at his farm, said the youngster needs to focus more and stick to a routine which will need to be created as soon as possible.
“Mohsin Khan has been training with me. He is young and strong but he will have to focus well as you have to create a game plan and stick to a physical and mental routine. Whatever setup is needed, it has to be done right now as if you are carrying these things from now on, it will be very useful to you at some point.”
“When we were playing, nobody played among us and didn’t know the top level cricket games. But for young boys today, there are a lot of options. That’s why I say point guards come in the last few games like Mohsin, Umran or other new boys, go very well with a lot of confidence, I just hope in the coming times they will do very well for the country.
In Gujarat, young left-arm pacer Yash Dayal impressed in the five matches he played, winning nine wickets. “He (Yash Dayal) is very young and has a good ability to swing the ball back and forth. I don’t have much time to work alongside him, but whatever I’ve seen from him, he’s good to swing the ball back and forth which makes for a very impactful left arm sewer,” Shami said of Dayal.
In IPL 2022, the emergence of young Indian talent shone a light on the country’s fast bowling talents, a sight that impressed Shami. But at the same time, the senior pacer called for the young pacers to play in as many matches as possible in order to gain experience to excel in the future.
“For any country, when you see talented youngsters playing well with a good swing and rhythm, then your confidence goes up as a manager, coach or team. When you say you have talent and rhythm, there is never a question mark in my opinion. It brings some clarity on who will be the best for our country.”
“But the most important job is to gain experience by having them play more and more matches while keeping them more in the company of the seniors. Gaining that experience is very important.”
“In the IPL a lot of fast bowlers have emerged. It is encouraging to see the emergence of young point guards as the future of our country will be in their hands so it will be important for them to be on the right path and to have a good training to advance in their career.”

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