India vs South Africa: Umran Malik is centre of attention at Team India nets | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Umran Malik’s attitude is of a happy person who will give you the vibes of a kid in a candy store right now. He just enjoys all the spotlight. He doesn’t seem impressed even when he comes across the big boys of Indian cricket. He just wants to bowl fast.
Even though it is a standard practice session, Umran likes fast bowling, likes bowling bouncers at the batsman, likes to give chills to the men who wave the willow tree. He follows the straightforward mantra “pace to pace hai yaar”.


Pacer Umran Malik trains in Delhi for the T20 series against South Africa. (TOI photo)
When the Indian team gathered in Kotla on Monday for the first practice session for the five-match T20I series against South Africa, Umran was the center of attention.
Everyone was curious to see the speed merchant from Jammu and see if the hype was real. More importantly, how fast was the 22-year-old with the naked eye? The overall conclusion was that he is “extremely fast”.

Umran’s skipper for the T20I series versus South Africa, KL Rahul, got a first-hand taste when the pacer supplies literally crushed Rahul’s knife.

Perhaps Umran was trying to impress the captain and give a hands-on experience of what he brings to the table! The ‘Jammu Express’, as it is now nicknamed, aims to “help India win all five games against South Africa if given the chance”.


Pacer Umran Malik trains in Delhi for the T20 series against South Africa. (TOI photo)
At the nets, Umran was seen working closely with India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, while head coach Rahul Dravid took some notes.
Among the batsmen, Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik spent considerable time improving their skills. Pant was his usual aggressive self, hitting the pacesetters Umran, Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh with aplomb. The twist of Axar Patel’s left arm was dealt with some Pant pyrotechnics. Karthik practiced a variety of shots – including the ramp and reverse ramp – required specifically for slogovers.

India’s frontrunner for the series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, was impeccable with what he wanted to do at the nets and left after bowling for a short while. Yorkers were Bhuvi’s priority, and he hit most of them with Mhambrey watching closely.
Another pacesetter who was impressive with his execution of Yorkers was Arshdeep. The Punjab boy achieved whatever Mhambrey told him to do – be it the wide yorkers or the one in the stumps.


Umran Malik during a practice session for the upcoming T20 series against South Africa. (PTI photo)

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