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“Maybe Just Need That Extra Speed”: Former England Fast Bowler Backs Umran Malik To Play For India In T20 World Cup

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Darren Gough feels Umran Malik can trouble the batsmen with his pace in Australia.© AFP

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough has backed young pacer Umrah Malik’s inclusion in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Umran turned heads in the 2022 IPL with his scintillating speed of 150 kmph on a regular basis. Consequently, he was included in India’s T20I squad for the recently concluded series against Ireland and England. However, Umran conceded 112 runs in the three matches he played. Gough still feels that since the T20 World Cup will be held in Australia, India can really benefit from Umran’s bowling pace.

“Bumrah, I think he is the best all-format fast bowler in the world. He is your first pick, golden pick. Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes because of his skills with the new ball. He is really important to take early wickets It slows down the pace. We’ve seen that during the England vs India series. So, I think he has to be there,” Gough said in a video uploaded on the cricket.com YouTube channel.

Gough also said that Umran should be an automatic pick for him for the World Cup, considering the pace he generated when he would consider the famous Krishna and Arshdeep Singh.

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“(Mohammed) Siraj has got good pace. When I saw him bowling in Australia and when I saw him in India, I was impressed by him. Then you have Umran Malik. Whoever bowls at that pace is mine. gets into the team. But on pitches in Australia, you might just need that extra pace to shock the opposition,” he said.

“But India have a lot of options, Shami is another player with so much skill with the new ball. Next is the famous Krishna. There are a lot of options but I will have Umran Malik, Siraj, Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah,” he added.

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