Former India goalkeeper Saba Karim has praised Irfan Pathan for playing a big role in the arrival of young Jammu & Kashmir fast pitcher Umran Malik. He urged the BCCI to use his skills and hire him as a speed bowler instructor.
Irfan worked with Malik when he was the coach and mentor of the Jammu & Kashmir team and is credited with being instrumental in the huge growth of the fast-tearaway bowler.
On Sunday, the 22-year-old was named in India’s T20I team for next month’s five-match home series against South Africa.
Reacting to the youngster’s choice, Karim took to his Twitter to praise Pathan’s role and wrote:
“Irfan Pathan had a huge role in Umran Malik’s emergence. He has the ability to spot rare talent. Really felt that BCCI should use his expertise and make him Head, Pace Bowler Scout #Irfanpathan #aakashchopra #SouravGanguly.”
Malik is one of the few luminaries in the IPL 2022 campaign of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). In 14 games, he picked up 22 goals, averaging 20.18 and at best 5 to 25.
“He is confident that one day he will achieve success” – Umran Malik .’s father
Earlier, the reaction to the selection of the agile young player in the Indian team, his father, Abdul Rashid, described it as a dream moment. Speaking to PTI, he said:
“Everybody came to my house to congratulate me. Now I’m going home and going to join the celebration. Just watch the news on the internet. What could be achieved greater than wearing the colors of the flag? shirt.”
Thanking the nation for rallying after his son, he added:
“He is confident that one day he will achieve success. He has faith in his skills and talents and works hard. It is purely his success and also a blessing. blessings of the Almighty. He worked hard and God favor him. I am not ‘unworthy of his hard work.”
Having made his domestic debut last November, Malik has so far featured in 3 first place matches, 1 Group A match and 22 T20 encounters.
India’s T20I team for the SA series: KL Rahul (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vc) (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Y Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/news-saba-karim-praises-former-cricketer-role-emergence-umran-malik-bcci-make-irfan-pathan-pace-bowler-scout?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda Saba Karim praises former cricketer for role in emergence of Umran Malik