IPL 2022’s pace sensation Umran Malik received his first call-up for Team India’s five-match T20I series at home to South Africa. However, the speedster was unable to make it to the playing XI in all five matches as the Rishabh Pant-led side went with the same XI in all five matches. After the South African T20I series, Umran will travel with the Indian team to Ireland where the second series Indian side will play two T20Is. Hardik Pandya is the side captain and Umran Malik is likely to make its international debut.
Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif explains why Umran Malik was unable to make his debut in the T20I series against South Africa. Kaif believes India’s head coach Rahul Dravid will ensure that Umran reads the match from the dugout and then makes his international debut.
“I would like to see Umran Malik play for India one day. But at the same time I don’t want to rush him. Like Rahul Dravid making sure he is in the dugout and watching the game from the outside. He has the pace; he is strong and is on form at the moment I am not the only one all India wants to see him play for the country one day His time will come but Rahul Dravid does a good job calming his nerves and when the time comes , he will do a great job for India. He has the skill, the pace and the right temperament as a bowler,” Kaif said.
On Tripathi, who amassed an impressive 413 runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad with an average of 37.54 and a strike rate of 158.23 in IPL 2022, Kaif thinks the righthanded batter is ready to play for India.
“I was very happy when Rahul Tripathi was chosen for the Indian team because someone who is doing so well in domestic cricket, in IPL when he plays for a franchise, KKR or SRH, he’s fantastic. The way he hits the ball catches up when he gets to number three and he can play well against both spinners and the pacers I was very happy and I hope he gets the chance to play someone like Tripathi can grab the opportunity with both hands he seems ready for India. Let’s hope he gets a chance and plays a fantastic knockout for India,” concluded Kaif.