Former Indian player Wasim Jaffer thinks that the ODI format is more suited to the young and pacy Umran Malik’s style of bowling in comparison to T20Is.
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Jaffer pointed out that the pacer can make use of short balls a lot more effectively in ODIs compared to the shortest format in international cricket.
Umran Malik made his ODI debut against New Zealand on Friday, November 25, in Auckland in the first match of the ODI series. He scalped two important wickets of Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell, but was a tough too expensive giving away 66 runs in his 10 overs.
Apart from Umran, left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh also made his ODI debut in the same match. Reviewing the performances of both debutants, Jaffer said
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“This format suits Umran Malik more than T20Is. We have seen in the IPL that he doesn’t have that many variations compared to this format. Here, he can use the short ball well. Arshdeep will get used to it. He’s a quality bowler and he’ll adapt pretty quickly.” he added
“Both debutants would have hoped for a little bit more. Malik got a couple of wickets and looked dangerous in patches. I’ve watched Arshdeep for a while now and he’s a very talented bowler. He’s going to be super important for India, not just leading into this World Cup but for years to come.” New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan added to what Jaffer said
Umran Malik will hope to put in a better performance in the 2nd ODI against New Zealand and help his team level the series to 1-1. The speedster will need to keep his line and length and try picking up a few wickets just as he did in the 1st ODI.
After a 7-wicket setback in the first ODI in Auckland, Team India will look to rebound when they face New Zealand in the second ODI on November 27, Sunday.
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