Former India head coach Ravi Shastri and veteran England batsman Kevin Pietersen have slammed Sunrisers Hyderabad pacemaker Umran Malik’s bowling approach against Mitchell Marsh and Phil Salt in the Delhi Capitals clash on Saturday. Umran had an unforgettable match as he only played one and gave up 22 points. The heartbreaking point guard has been through a tough time this season and the captain isn’t showing much confidence either as he hasn’t reached his overs quota on several occasions this season.
Umran was featured to attack in the 7th in the game against Delhi Capitals on Sunday at Arun Jaitley Stadium. He started with a short ball and Salt crushed him for a boundary. A single came on the second ball. As Mitchell Marsh hammered in the third ball for a long leg six over. The Jammu and Kashmir pacer continued to pound his express pace and was also hit for six on the fourth ball. As Marsh took a single on the fifth pitch, but Salt finished it with four more. 22 points went by which put pressure on Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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Former India head coach Shastri has slammed Umran for not changing the length after being hammered.
“He just played the opposition game. He needs someone like a Bhuvneshwar Kumar next to him to tell him exactly what needs to be done. You can still run errands, but you have to change the length .You get out there four deliveries, all the same length, wrong line and he’s already done 17 stitches.He can even try cross stitching.In a situation like this, when you’re not confident and that you don’t know where it’s going, go sideways and full and in the stumps,” Shastri said in a comment.
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Meanwhile, Pietersen also criticized Umran’s approach and suggested he should have slowed down after Marsh chased him.
“I’m not a bowler but sitting in the locker room our bowlers – the Broads and the Andersons – all watched what the opposition did. They were always thinking and talking about what the opposition was doing. That’s the learning material. He should have understood what Mitch Marsh did very successfully. What Umran Malik is doing here is not good. Stop the beat!” he said. “That was completely wrong. Every delivery was fast again. Where was all of Mitch Marsh’s wickets? All of them were slower balls and leg-cutters. The opposition did what was successful,” said the former England captain.
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