Brett Lee votes for Umran Malik in the India T-20 WC squad

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Since the selection, the Indian men’s T-20 WC squad has been a topic of debate. Added to that, repeated injuries has been an indeed concern of the team. The injury list started with the star all rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The next name that got added was the lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah, and now Deepak Chahar. When pacer Mohammad Shami alnost got a door opened to enter the squad, Brett Lee came with a different opinion.

Apart from Shami to get a chance, Umran and Siraj too will be travelling with the squad, but as a net bowler. The last time Umran picked up the ball for India was in June against Ireland. But he got the label “raw”. However, Siraj just won the player of the series against SA ODI series.

But, when it came to select between the two, Brett Lee, the former Aussie pacer voted for Umran. Lee feels that the 22-years old deserves a chance in India’s World Cup squad.

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Lee told the Khaleej Times,

“Umran Malik is bowling at 150 km per hour. I mean when you have the best car in the world, and you leave it in the garage, then what’s the point of having that car? Umran Malik should have been picked in the Indian squad for the World Cup.”

“Yes, he is young, yes, he is raw, but he bowls at 150 kmph, so get him in the team, get him to Australia where the ball flies through. It’s different when you have a guy bowling at 140 kmph and a guy who is bowling at 150 kmph.”

However, Umran’s chance of reaching Australia is struck due to visa issues. Not only that, he just played three T-20Is in the blues. The team moreover rested him, probably didn’t considered him ready.

Lee added,

“The fact is that Jasprit Bumrah suffered the back injury, it’s huge blow to India’s chances (at the World Cup). I am not saying they can’t do it. They are a wonderful side, but a strong Indian side is the side that has Jasprit Bumrah. That would put pressure on guys like Bhuvneshwar Kumar.”

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