IND vs SA 2022: Is International debut on cards for Umran Malik? Read to Know More

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IND vs SA 2022: Is International debut on cards for Umran Malik? Read to Know More

IND vs SA 2022: Umran Malik is all set to make his debut for team India in the South Africa T20I series scheduled to begin on 5th June. Both Captain KL Rahul & Head Coach Rahul Dravid would be eager to test Umran’s raw pace in front of a lethal South Africa squad. But the major task in accommodating Umran in the Playing XI is to get the combination right. With two new pacers named in the squad in face of Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh, the hype has been around the Kashmiri youngster. Nicknamed Jammu Express for his fast deliveries, he will be eager to prove his mettle.

Umran Malik has turned the eyeballs by displaying a stellar show of his raw pace in the recently concluded IPL 2022. He was successful in bowling consistently at the speed of above 150 kmph with his fastest delivery clocking at 157 kmph. He ended his maiden IPL season by fetching 22 wickets in 14 matches & was the highest uncapped wicket-taker in the IPL 2022. But more than the wickets and his economy rate, it is his pace that has bowled over the selectors. His lethal pace & ability to turn the ball has landed him a place in India’s Playing XI for the South Africa T20I series.

However, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Harshal Patel in the line-up, it would be quite difficult to include Malik in the Playing XI. In terms of the batting line-up, the major task would be to decide who will open the batting along with KL Rahul as Ishan Kishan & Ruturaj Gaikwad both are potential & deserving candidates for the opening role.

This means Shreyas Iyer will come to bat at No 3 while Rishabh Pant & Hardik Pandya are likely to bat at No 4 & No 5, repsectively. Dinesh Karthik is all set to play the finisher’s role at No 6.  To have a batting depth in the line-up, India are likely to go with Axar Patel at No 7. With Axar Patel coming in there are chances of Kuldeep Yadav going out.

In the bowling department, But more than the wickets and his economy rate, it is his pace that has bowled over the selectors. Now there will be a fierce three-way battle for the third pacer’s position with Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, and Arshdeep Singh in line for the spot.

IND vs SA 2022: Predicted Playing XI

  1. KL Rahul (Captain)
    2. Ruturaj Gaikwad/ Ishan Kishan
    3. Shreyas Iyer
    4. Rishabh Pant (WK, vice-captain)
    5. Hardik Pandya
    6. Dinesh Karthik (wk)
    7. Axar Patel
    8. Harshal Patel
    9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    10. Umran Malik
    11. Yuzvendra Chahal

IND vs SA 2022: India’s T20I squad

KL Rahul (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain)(wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

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