The TATA IPL provides the young talents in the country a platform not just to showcase their skills but also opens a door for them to progress into the national side. Over the years, we have seen several newcomers impressing the selectors with their imperious efforts and eventually getting national call-ups.
The ongoing edition of the glitzy cricket league hasn’t been any different because several uncapped players have left an indelible mark with their performance and must have drawn the attention of the national selectors with their consistent show.
In its bid to prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, the Indian Cricket Team will host South Africa for a 5-T20I series in June. The first match of the series will act as a platform for Team India to chase an all-time 13-0 T20I winning record and become an all-time great team in this format.
Experts reckon that a few of the emerging players should get their maiden India call-up, as the team will look to chase an all-time 13-0 T20I winning record in the upcoming bilateral series at home. Many believe that young uncapped Indian players such as Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Tripathi and Tilak Varma should be rewarded for their fantastic show in the TATA IPL by getting an India call-up.
West Indies batting legend Brian Lara is impressed with Sunrisers Hyderabad speedster Umran Malik and predicted that the pacer from Jammu is going to play for India.
Speaking on ‘CRICKET LIVE’ on Star Sports, Lara said, “Umran Malik reminds me a lot about Fidel Edwards when he first started, a lot of pace and I hope that he understands it as he goes into international cricket, which I think he’ll eventually play.”
Gavaskar couldn’t stop gushing about Umran Malik’s pace and accuracy throughout the TATA IPL and the batting great wants the right-arm seamer in the Indian squad as soon as possible.
Gavaskar said on CRICKET LIVE’ on Star Sports, “Umran Malik has been very-very impressive with his speed but more than his speed, it’s his accuracy that’s impressed me the most. A lot of guys who bowl at that speed tend to spray the ball around but Umran bowls very few wide deliveries. If he can control the wides down the leg side, he will be a tremendous bowler because that will mean he’ll be attacking the stumps all the time, and with his pace, it’s not easy to hit straight. If he bowls wicket-to-wicket, he will be pretty much an unplayable bowler. He’s going to play for India. He should be in that Indian squad for the one-off Test and the ODI series against England.”