2007 T20 World Cup-winning pacer RP Singh made a rather blunt assessment of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) speedster Umran Malik. Notably, Umran was dropped from the set-up against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the previous clash following his underwhelming run in the ongoing IPL 2023.
“Yes, one can debate on how SRH have used Umran (Malik) this season, but even as a bowler you need to give that confidence to the captain that yes you can contribute towards the team. He has speed, and that is a big thing,” RP Singh told Hindustan Times.
“If he can swing the ball like Dale Steyn…Umran doesn’t have that ability to swing the ball. The moment he manages to improve on that, maybe learn to bowl those cutters as well, he will be a different bowler altogether,” he added.
“When you are bowling at the speed of 150kmph, you become the go-to bowler for the team and captain would then expect you to take wickets in situations or conditions where no other bowler managed to get a breakthrough. And he did that last season, but that hasn’t happened this time,” RP Singh added.