Former Australian pacer Brett Lee has praised Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) new find Umran Malik. Malik, the son of a Kashmiri fruit seller, turned heads at the recently concluded IPL 2022 edition. The 22-year-old Indian pacer has had a sensational season, where he has consistently clocked 150 mph and also come back with as many as 22 wickets at an average of 20.18 in 14 matches.
Lee not only praised Umran for his blistering pace, but the former Australian pacer compared the youngster to legendary Pakistani speedster Waqar Younis. For the uninitiated, Younis produced 373 and 416 wickets in Tests and ODIs respectively during his illustrious career.
“I’m a big fan. I think Umran Malik has a lot of rhythm to burn. He’s a competitor, a top guy, who runs like a lot of fast bowlers in the past. Waqar Younis is the person who comes in mind,” Brett Lee told ANI.
Umran leaked in several matches, however, he improved his line and lengths despite losing pace. Thus, he won the “fastest delivery in the game” award in every game for SRH (14 times in a row). Thus, he will be eager to live up to the high expectations and make his debut for India in all formats soon.
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Lee also gave his take on Virat Kohli’s barren run in IPL 2022, where he finished with 341 runs at a strike rate of 115.98 for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). “I’m a big fan of Kohli like a lot of people around the world. I just hope he really gets his chance. He just needs some time off. Spend time with his family, reset him and hopefully we can see him score a few hundred,” Lee said of the former India and RCB captain.
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