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IND vs SA: Dravid unsure about Umran Malik’s selection but confident for his future

India head coach Rahul Dravid has been excited by the prospect of seeing tearaway quick Umran Malik in India’s practice sessions ahead of first T20I against South Africa. At the same time, Dravid didn’t drop much hints on whether the Jammu pacer will get game time against South Africa.

Malik impressed the entire world with his pace during the Indian Premier League and due to which he got his place in the national side.

“It’s exciting. He certainly bowled quick and with pace. Another thing which has been interesting for me watching the IPL from the outside is the number of Indian bowlers bowling fast.”

“And obviously, being coach of all three formats of the game, I would love to see that translated into the longer formats of the game. But it is brilliant in terms of watching Umran in the nets, you can see that he has got that pace,” said Dravid in the press conference.

The pacer from Jammu and Kashmir ended IPL 2022 with 22 wickets.

Apart from Malik, India also have young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh in the squad too, who impressed everyone with his ability to bowl yorkers at will, especially in the death overs.

“Obviously, he (Malik) is learning. He is a young boy and he is getting better, improving. The more he is able to play, the better he is going to get. From our, perspective, very happy to have someone like him in the mix. We have to see how much playing time we can give him, we need to be realistic, we have a large squad, it is not possible to give everyone playing XI time.”

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