Umran Malik is an exciting talent, New Zealand tour is definitely going to help him: Zaheer Khan

Umran Malik has been named in India’s limited-overs squads for the New Zealand tour and Zaheer Khan believes that this exposure will definitely help him.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 17, 2022 14:01 IST

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New Zealand tour is definitely going to help Umran Malik: Zaheer Khan (Courtesy of BCCI/PTI)

By India Today Web Desk: Former India pacer Zaheer Khan reckons tearaway fast bowler Umran Malik is a very exciting talent and the experience of playing in New Zealand will definitely help him. Zaheer further explained that the Indian team needs variety in their pace attack as many successful teams have been following that kind of pattern in international cricket.

Umran is part of India’s squad for the New Zealand tour, which begins with a three-game T20I series across Wellington (Nov 18), Tauranga (Nov 20) and Napier (Nov 22), before moving into the ODI series across Auckland (Nov 25), Hamilton (Nov 27) and Christchurch (Nov 30).

“The variety in your pace attack is a must and you have seen teams following that kind of pattern. You need a left-arm bowler, you need someone who can swing the ball, you need someone who is an out-and-out fast bowler. If everything is in one package, then even better but if not, you would like to use the variety in your attack in the bowling lineup and use different conditions well. Umran has been a very exciting talent and this kind of exposure is definitely going to help him, it is about how he takes things forward if he wants to grab the spot consistently,” Zaheer told a select group of journalists during a call organised by Prime Video.

Former India coach Ravi Shastri agreed with Zaheer, saying that Umran Malik is one of the fastest bowlers in India and he will definitely learn from the New Zealand tour. Shastri said that there is no substitute for genuine pace.

Shastri said: “He is one of the fastest bowlers in India and you saw what happened in the World Cup where genuine pace rattled opposition, whether it was Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, and Anrich Nortje. So, there is no substitute for genuine pace. Even if you are defending small totals, so this is an opportunity for Umran, hopefully, he will learn from this exposure.”

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