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IPL 2023: “Umran Malik Hasn’t Been Handled Well” – Zaheer Khan

IPL 2023: “Umran Malik Hasn’t Been Handled Well” – Zaheer Khan
Umran Malik

Former cricketer Zaheer Khan has raised questions over the handling of Umran Malik by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2023 Indian Premier League. He expressed that the management could have handled the pacer better in the tournament, by supporting and boosting his confidence.

Umran has not been given regular chances this season by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has played just seven matches, taking five wickets at an economy rate of 10.35. Former cricketer Zaheer Khan expressed that the Sunrisers Hyderabad did not back the pacer this season. He said,

“I think Umran Malik hasn’t been handled well by the franchise the way he should have been utilized by SRH. When you’re talking about a young seamer, you’re also looking at creating that environment, and support and confidence are required. Unfortunately, that wasn’t seen from SRH and that’s why he has had a season he had this year.”

Zaheer Khan also spoke about Ishant Sharma, who has made a great comeback in the 2023 Indian Premier League for the Delhi Capitals. He has taken ten wickets in eight matches. Zaheer Khan said,

“He (Ishant) is another example of experience being utilized. He is someone who was ready even though he was not around in the early days of IPL.”

I am equally puzzled: Zaheer Khan on frequent injuries to bowlers

Former cricketer Zaheer Khan also spoke about the frequent injuries to pacers these days. Indian fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Deepak Chahar have been struggling with injuries. Zaheer expressed that this should be carefully looked at by the management, and plan the training of the bowlers. He said

“I am equally puzzled on this (bowlers getting injured). Also, there are some batters who have had some serious injuries. That is beyond my understanding and it has to do with a combination for sure. I believe something needs to be looked at carefully in terms of how they’re approaching the whole season or their training and rest-to-recovery ratios. It is very difficult to pinpoint in one word what’s exactly going wrong.”

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