Aakash Chopra believes Umran Malik needs to be handled better by the Indian team’s management and coaches.
Malik made his debut for the Indian team in the T20I series against Ireland, where he played a few games against them and another against England in the recently concluded series. However, the express pacer has been left out of the 18-member squad for the upcoming T20Is against West Indies.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said of Malik’s exclusion:
“Umran Malik is not here. He has not rested, but he is not here. What are you doing with Umran is a question to be asked. Of course you should talk to him , and a little better management is mandatory.”
The former Indian striker pointed out that he felt during the IPL that speedster Jammu was not ready for the international match yet. Chopra observed:
“During the IPL I had said he wasn’t ready for international cricket yet. Ian Bishop and a lot of other people were there, and they just shot me down. They asked me what I was saying.”
While acknowledging that Malik is extremely talented, Chopra added that the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) stimulator is still not a finished product, stating:
“I said to keep him with the team but he wasn’t quite ready for international cricket, that’s what I personally thought at the time. You’re still there, that he’s a work in progress, he’s an incredible talent, extremely fast balls.”
Umran Malik has won just two wickets in the three T20Is he has played so far. He was also extremely expensive, having been taken for an average of 12.44 carries per over in those games.
“It’s not true” – Aakash Chopra on Umran Malik dropped for West Indies T20Is
Aakash Chopra says Umran Malik shouldn’t have been left out of the India squad. He explained:
“At one point you included him in all the teams, and now he’s not in any. It’s not just because you’re going to the West Indies, it’s possible he will be sent to Zimbabwe. If you feel he’s ready, stick with him. If you feel he’s not ready, take him slowly, but don’t drop him from the team.
Malik is unlikely to be part of the coaching scheme for the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year. While the Tear-Away Pacer may feature in the think tank’s long-term plans, they could be looking to finalize their bowling attack for the Global Event now.
Q. Did the coaches make the right choice by excluding Umran Malik for the T20I series against the West Indies?
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