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He will always be in the mix: Ravi Shastri makes huge prediction for Umran Malik

03 Feb, 2023
He will always be in the mix: Ravi Shastri makes huge prediction for Umran Malik
03 Feb, 2023 By Editor

Umran Malik has been a major driving force in the Indian bowling echelons and continues to deliver phenomenally with his high speeds. He claimed another brace in India’s last fixture against New Zealand making him a priceless asset in the Indian ranks.

This is just the beginning for the youngster and he has a long way to go. However, the fact that he has found himself amidst some serious wicket-taking form will be spurring the Indian hopes in the forthcoming days. The latest addition to his long list of admirers was none other than former Indian Head coach, Ravi Shastri.

During his commentary stint in India’s series decider against New Zealand, Shastri said, “I think there’s an opportunity more in 50-over cricket than in T20s. And with the amount of cricket that is being played, he will always be in the mix because there could be injuries cropping up any time. There is a deadline to announce your side for the World Cup. The fitness of players will be the key. That's why this IPL will be crucial to see how they (bowlers) take the load.”

Talking about the overall bowling strength of the Indian unit for the upcoming World Cup, Shastri added, “You would want Bumrah back, really because he is magical. He is a star. Him back in the side fully-fit will really lift this Indian team. And Hardik is such a key component. His bowling for India makes this team a different side. India has got a great record at home. The boys are fit - Bumrah - it can make a big difference. You've got variety in Arshdeep as well, Kuldeep and Chahal have bowled well. Washington Sundar is threatening all the time so it's a good bunch.”

India’s next challenge will be against Australia in a four-match Test series that will determine the fate of the upcoming WTC final in June.