Zaheer Khan Wants Umran Malik To Be Included in Team India’s Playing XI vs South Africa

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Former Indian Cricketer Zaheer Khan feels Umran Malik’s speed is his X-Factor and it is something that can get him a place in Team India’s playing XI in the ongoing T20I series. The Men in Blue side is currently without many of their key bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami is in a must-win game situation against visitors. And, they are set to play the 3rd T20I on the 14th of June at  Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

Team India has struggled in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. Their bowling attack has not been able to take wickets with consistency in the first two T20Is. Only Bhuvneshwar Kumar has shown some good signs by taking 5 wickets in two games. He registered amazing bowling figures of 4-13 with the ball for India. However, he has so far not got good support from the other bowling end.

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The hosts lost the series opener by 7 wickets followed by a big defeat in the 2nd affair by 4 wickets. Since the 2nd T20I, fans have started calling for Umran Malik’s debut. Meanwhile, many former cricketers also feel that Umran Malik’s pace is something that can help Team India in making a comeback on the winning track. Recently, Zaheer Khan, the former Indian pacer has also joined the bandwagon saying that Umran Malik pace is an X-Factor and this can help Team India.

As per him, everyone knows pace is something that creates problems in front of the batters. He added that Umran Malik dismissed David Miller during the IPL 2022 on the back of his quick bowling and this is something that can help him in getting his Indian team debut.

Umran Malik finished as the 4th leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2022 season. He finished the season with 22 wickets in his kitty andMalik might get his debut playing for Team India.