'Don't make him play T20 cricket,' Madan Lal says about Umran Malik

On Sunday, England provided a wake-up call to fast bowler Umran Malik by belting him around the park by Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, and afterwards, Chris Jordan. This served as a reality check for Umran Malik.

However, despite picking up the wicket of England's opening batsman Jason Roy, Umran allowed 56 runs, making him the most expensive bowler for India in the match.

Although batsman Suryakumar Yadav smashed 117 out of 55 balls, India lost the match to England by 17 runs. England had scored 215/7. Even though this was only Umran's third 20 International (T20I), he had already given up 42 runs in his last outing.

Madan Lal wants Malik to play Test cricket instead of T20

A former fast bowler for India Madan Lal is quoted as saying that it is best to persuade Malik to play Test cricket since this will allow him to bowl many overs and figure out how to swing the ball.

“Don't make him play T20 cricket. Get him to play Test matches. Harden him like that. As a pacer, I say that he is a very good bowler but you have to make him a bowler. Give him a chance in Test cricket where he can bowl 10-15 overs and learn the craft of getting wickets,” said Madan Lal on Sports Tak, according to HindustanTimes.

He also said that here, the batters were ready for Malik and that he was the one who got hit the most. His throws were landing nicely on their bats. "I had said earlier that speeds won't be of much use if you don't take wickets and you don't move the ball. He is inexperienced and that experience will come in Test matches. If I was the selector, I would not have taken him in the T20 squad,” he said.

India got 198/9, and Suryakumar kept the visitors in the chase almost by himself. Even though India lost the third T20I, they won the series 2-1 because they beat England in the first and second T20Is.

Malik’s journey becomes India’s Most Exciting Pacer

Umran Malik was born to Abdul Rashid and Seema Begum, who are not rich. In Jammu, in a small town called Gujjar Nagar, his father sold fruits and vegetables. Malik's father had doubts about his son's desire to play cricket, but Malik's sisters always gave him their full support.

Malik started his journey. Like most kids who want to represent India, Malik started his journey with tennis balls. There was no academy near him where he could get formal training, and he couldn't move to a different city just to play cricket.

So, with a tennis ball, he kept going. He was well-known in his town, where he used to compete in tournaments. Randheer Singh Manhas told him to try leather-ball cricket when he was 17, but that wasn't until he was 17.

According to MansWorldIndia, the former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan noticed Malik during his stint as a head coach of Jammu and Kashmir. “When Irfan Pathan came as a mentor for J&K, he gave him some important tips. He made his action look better and after that he became more serious. When Abdul Samad joined the IPL team he got many useful tips from him also, so it’s all in front of you what he is doing today,” said Abdul Rashid.

Pathan's coaching made him even better, and in 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad picked him up as a net bowler. After being knocked out of the tournament, Sunrisers Hyderabad gave Malik a chance the following year. Malik was the fastest Indian bowler in the tournament after his first game.

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