Harbhajan Singh Wants This SRH Pacer To Play with Jasprit Bumrah in the T20 World Cup In 2022
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh wants teenage speedster Umran Malik to join Jasprit Bumrah in the Indian lineup for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. Malik, who is currently playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, has been routinely bowing above 150 kmph. Malik, who has 15 wickets, has bowled the fastest delivery in the current IPL, at 157 kmph.
“I want to see him (Umran Malik) in the Indian team because of what a bowler he is,” Harbhajan told reporters here on Friday.
Harbhajan was speaking after ‘DreamSetGo’ was named the ICC T20 World Cup’s Official Travel Agent in Australia.
“Tell me a bowler who does not play for his country and bowls above 150 (kmph). So, I believe it’s a terrific thing, and he’ll encourage a lot of young people to take up cricket because of where he came from and what he’s done in the IPL “he said.
Harbhajan stated he would have recruited the Jammu pacer into the Indian team if he was on the national selection committee.
“And, while I have no idea if he will be chosen or not, if I were on the selection committee, I would have given him the green light. When India plays in Australia (for the T20 World Cup), Umran Malik should be his partner “the former off-spinner remarked.
“I am confident that he (Umran) will learn as well; he is a talented cricketer, and I hope he is selected and plays for India.” The 22-year-old Malik’s age, according to Harbhajan, should not be a factor in his selection for the national squad.
“Sachin Tendulkar was extremely young when he played for India. Of course, he was Sachin Tendulkar, but ‘aise hi player bante hai’ is fine (players are made like this).
“I was 17 and a half when I played my first Test, but if you keep thinking he’s a youngster, time will run out.” He should be playing when he is bowling at his best. Regardless of his age, anyone who is performing well and is physically fit enough should walk in,”