South Africa vs India: Umran Malik is the focus of attention at Team India’s nets

Umran Malik has the demeanour of a happy-go-lucky guy who, at the moment, makes you feel like a kid in a candy store. He’s merely savouring the limelight. Even while rubbing elbows with Indian cricket’s top boys, he doesn’t appear intimidated. He simply wants to bowl quickly.

Even if it’s just a routine practise session, Umran enjoys bowling quickly, throwing bouncers at the batsman, and giving the willow-wielding men the chills. He lives by the simple slogan “pace to pace hai yaar.”

Umran was the focus of attention when the Indian squad assembled at the Kotla on Monday for its first practise session ahead of the five-match T20I series against South Africa.

Umran Malik
Umran Malik

Everyone was eager to see the speed merchant from Jammu and see if the rumours were true. What’s more, how quick did the 22-year-old appear to the naked eye? The general consensus was that he is “very fast.”

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KL Rahul, Umran’s captain for the T20I series against South Africa, got a first-hand taste of the pacer’s deliveries, which smashed Rahul’s blade.

Perhaps Umran was attempting to impress the captain by providing a hands-on demonstration of what he has to offer! If given the chance, the ‘Jammu Express,’ as he is now known, wants to “help India win all five matches against South Africa.”


Umran was spotted working closely with India’s pace bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey, at the nets, while chief coach Rahul Dravid took notes.

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Umran Malik
Umran Malik

Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Dinesh Karthik, among the batsmen, spent a significant amount of time improving their talents. Pant was aggressive as usual, smashing pacers Umran, Avesh Khan, and Arshdeep Singh with ease. Pant pyrotechnics were used to complement Axar Patel’s left-arm spin. Karthik worked on a number of shots, including the ramp and reverse ramp, that are essential for hitting slog overs.


Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India’s top pacer for the series, was spot on with what he wanted to achieve at the nets and left after only bowling for a short time. Bhuvi’s priority was Yorkers, and he nailed the majority of them with Mhambrey keeping a tight eye on him.

Arshdeep was another pacer who impressed with his yorker execution. Whether it was the wide yorkers or the ones within the stumps, the Punjab youngster did exactly what Mhambrey told him to do.

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