Out-of-favour Sohail Khan, a quick bowler for Pakistan, has discounted Umran Malik’s speed for India. Due to his eye-catching bowling speed in IPL 2021, the Jammu and Kashmir pacer became well-known. Umran frequently bowls above 145 kph and just recorded a 155 kph international speed. Umran had a great IPL 2022, which ultimately led to him being selected for the India team. He has appeared in 8 ODIs and the same number of T20Is thus far, taking 13 and 11 wickets, respectively.
There are great expectations for the India pacer, who is expected to be one of the team’s major bowlers shortly. However, Sohail believes that Pakistan has a lot to offer and that Umran’s pace is not exceptional. “I feel this Umran Malik guy is a good bowler. I’ve seen him in 1-2 matches. He runs fast and has kept other things in check as well. But if you think of fast bowlers with speeds more than over 150-155 kmph, I can count 12-15 players right now who play tape-ball cricket. If you go visit the trials organized by Lahore Qalandars, you’ll find many players,” Sohail said in Hindi on a YouTube video by Nadir Ali.
“Our domestic setup is filled with bowlers like Umran Malik. When a bowler comes through at our domestic level, he becomes a bona fide bowler. Like Shaheen, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf… these are bowlers who know their stuff. I can give you plenty of names,” he added.