Jasprit, Shami and Bhuvneshwar are my idols, never followed Waqar, says Umran Malik.
Jammu and Kashmir pace sensation Umran Malik has earned a maiden call-up in the Indian team for the upcoming five-match T20 International home series against South Africa starting June 9.
Umran Malik has picked up 22 wickets in 14 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) but it’s his ability to bowl consistently at 95 miles per hour that have caught the imagination of all and sundry with calls for his immediate selection in top-flight cricket.
Apart from his searing pace, Malik’s bowling action has been compared to Pakistan’s great Waqar Younis. Former Australia speedster Brett Lee has said that Malik reminds him of legendary Waqar Younis.
“I have not followed Waqar Younis. I have a natural action. My idols include (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, and Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) Bhai. I used to follow them when I was playing while coming through the ranks,” said Malik.
There’s no point getting carried away. If it is destined to happen, it will Inshallah. I want to do my best for my country. I have got an opportunity in these five (T20I) matches (against South Africa). My goal will be that we win all five matches, I perform well and single-handedly win those games for India,” said Malik.