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T20 World Cup 2022 | Include Umran Malik in team as he can deliver with express pace in Australia, claims Brett Lee

Brett Lee has batted for Umran Malik’s inclusion in the T20 World Cup and suggests his fast pace will come in handy in Australia where the ball flies through. Lee added that Malik clocks in at around 150 km/h and that it will be a differential factor in the current Indian bowling unit.

With the T20 World Cup being played in a few days, India has a chance to end the long wait to win a ICC trophy since the 2011 World Cup. The tournament is played in Australia and the Australian underground is generally regarded as a pacers paradise. Teams with pacers bowling at a fast pace will have an edge and so India may miss that particular aspect. In the absence of a pacer bowling more than 90 miles per hour, the team may need to think about adding some extra pace for the tournament.

Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has made a suggestion stating that Umran’s pace will be very difficult for batters in the World Cup and that he should therefore be included in the Indian side.

“Umran Malik bowls at 150 km/h. I mean, if you have the best car in the world and you leave it in the garage, what’s the point of having that car? Umran Malik should have been in the Indian squad be chosen for the World Cup,” Lee told Khaleej Times.

“Yes, he’s young, yes, he’s raw, but he bowls at 150 km/h, so get him on the team, take him to Australia where the ball flies through. It’s different when you have a man who is bowling at 140 km/h and a man who is bowling at 150 km/h.”

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Even before the start of the tournament, India has been dealt a blow as they will miss their bait pace Jasper Bumrah due to a back injury. Because he is unavailable, the responsibility of leading the bowling unit will depend on experienced pacers such as Bhuvneshwar Kumara and Mohammed Shami. Also, death bowling becomes a concern in such a scenario. Lee has echoed the same sentiment, saying Bumrah’s injury hurt India’s chances of ending their trophy drought.

“The fact is that Jasprit Bumrah has suffered a back injury, it’s a huge blow to India’s chances (at the World Cup). I’m not saying they can’t do it. They are a great squad, but a strong Indian squad is one side with Jasprit Bumrah. That would put pressure on guys like Bhuvneshwar Kumar,” Lee added.

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