Brian Lara, the ex-coach of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), recently pointed out that Umran Malik, the rapid Indian fast bowler, should not solely depend on his sheer pace in the international cricket arena. Lara believed that while Umran’s speed might bring him initial triumph, he should develop additional tactics to challenge top-level batsmen. He indicated that the young talent is in the early phase of his career and will improve over time.
Speaking on the YouTube channel ‘Wake Up With Sorabh’, Brian Lara told: “He (Umran Malik) will be a sensation, but very quickly he will have to learn that fast bowling really does not trouble the best players in the world.”
“You have to have the ability to do something with the ball, be sensible, and maybe understand times when you have to trickle back or understand the times when you have to up the tempo. He is very young and has got a lot of years ahead of him,” he again added.
Lara closely collaborated with Umran Malik during the last few years in the IPL as part of the SRH camp. The franchise based in Hyderabad recently bid farewell to the iconic batsman. They’ve enlisted Daniel Vettori as the new head coach for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“If he works with Dale Steyn, he could definitely be one of the best India could produce” – Brian Lara’s advice to Umran Malik
In the video mentioned earlier, Brian Lara also mentioned that if Umran Malik continues to collaborate with SRH’s fast bowling coach Dale Steyn, he could develop into a formidable presence to be reckoned with. He also cited instances of highly successful fast bowlers in international cricket who possessed a wide array of techniques.
Lara elaborated: “We have had so many different examples. Wasim Akram was raw pace, Malcolm Marshall had destructive pace, and Michael Holding. But they all know that at some point in time, they had to come with a lot more tricks than just being able to bowl fast. If he (Umran Malik) works with Dale Steyn, he could definitely be one of the best India could produce.”
Umran is presently included in India’s team for the ongoing five-match T20I series against West Indies. Nonetheless, he wasn’t included in the starting lineup for the initial three matches.