IND vs IRE: “Umran Malik Bowls Very Fast, But Is Quite Wayward” – Former Pakistan Cricketer Danish Kaneria

Umran Malik

Umran Malik, a rookie pacer for Team India, is expected to improve his bowling as he participates in more international cricket games, according to former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria. 

While he acknowledged that Umran Malik has the pace, he still has to improve his line and length, he said in a video posted on his YouTube page. The right-armer, in Kaneria’s opinion, is quite erratic and lacking in control. 

Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)
Umran Malik (Image Credits: Twitter)

Umran Malik Has A Long Way To Go: Danish Kaneria

But he asserted that with the help of India’s coaching team, the gifted young player will improve. When you are representing your nation, there is always added pressure, according to Kaneria. 

He stated: 

“Umran Malik bowls very fast, but he has a long way to go as he is quite wayward. He will improve as he plays more matches. It is not easy to handle the pressure of playing international cricket.

Playing for an IPL franchise is different, but things are completely different in international cricket as there are a lot of eyeballs on you.” 

Umran Malik (Image Credits: BCCI)
Umran Malik (Image Credits: BCCI)

Malik excelled with the ball in the Indian Premier League this year (IPL 2022). The fast bowler, who was a member of SunRisers Hyderabad, concluded the season as the team’s leading wicket-taker with 22 wickets from 14 games. 

Following the lucrative league, Malik received his first call-up to India. In the just finished T20I series against Ireland, he played his first T20I match. In the two games, the young Jammu player was only able to claim one wicket. 

Ireland Played With A Lot Of Confidence: Danish Kaneria

The former cricketer emphasised how Ireland played courageous cricket in the second T20I as they chased a huge total of 225. Against Indian bowlers who have had great success in the IPL, he said, the Irish hitters performed remarkably well. Kaneria added: 

Andy Balbirnie. PC- Getty
Andy Balbirnie. PC- Getty

“It takes courage to chase a target like 225 in T20 cricket. Ireland played with a lot of confidence and entertained us with their batting.

They were up against some quality Indian bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Axar Patel, and Harshal Patel. These are the bowlers who have proved their mettle in the IPL.” 

Ireland came perilously close to defeating Hardik Pandya and company. The goal was ultimately missed by four runs, leaving the hosts at 221/5 after 20 overs. 

The hosts’ captain Andrew Balbirnie led the way with the bat, smashing a brave half-century at the top of the order. The explosive hitter mesmerised the audience with his quick-fire 60-ball innings in just 37 deliveries. 

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IND vs IRE: ‘We Were Sort of Surprised’- India Cricketer Praises Quality Irish Batting After High-scoring Contest

India Vs Ireland (Image Credits: Twitter)

On Tuesday in Dublin, India gave Ireland a lofty 226 runs to win and tie the two-match T20I series. The Irish batters’ astonishing response, which was ignited by their skipper Andrew Balbirnie, may not have been anticipated by the foreigners. 

The hosts restarted their pursuit and almost caught the target after a hiccup in the middle overs.

No Doubt About Quality Of Ireland Batters: Harshal Patel

Paul Stirling. PC-Getty
Paul Stirling. PC-Getty

Their daring made quite an impact on Harshal Patel, who was all praise for the Irish hitters, even if they ultimately concluded at 221/5. 

“They played some exceptional shots and we were sort of surprised the way they batted today. There’s no doubt about the quality of the Ireland batters,” Harsha said after the match as India wrapped up the series 2-0. 

India set a high 226 runs target for Ireland on Tuesday in Dublin, giving them a chance to win and level the two-match T20I series. The visitors may not have expected the Irish hitters’ astounding reaction, which was started by their skipper Andrew Balbirnie. 

After a blip in the middle overs, the hosts resumed their pursuit and came dangerously close to catching the objective.

Umran Malik Held His Nerve: Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel, who was full of admiration for the Irish hitters despite the fact that they finally finished at 221/5, was quite moved by their audacity. 

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)

“We were comfortable. When you get 225, you defend it most of the times. They played some really good shots, the wicket was a belter, the outfield was fast, we made a few mistakes, they got close, but we held our nerves and closed the game.

The momentum was on the batting side but he (Umran Malik) held his nerve,” he said. 

Andrew Balbirnie Disappointed With Loss Against India

Although his squad achieved a lot of excellent things with the bat, Balbirnie admitted it was disheartening to come out on the losing end. 

Andy Balbirnie. PC- Getty
Andy Balbirnie. PC- Getty

“We are all pretty good, we did a lot of good stuff with the bat. We wanted to express and we did that. Bitterly disappointed, a bitter pill to swallow,” he said. 

India won the opening T20I by seven wickets, giving them a 1-0 lead after the match was postponed by rain on Sunday. 

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India vs Ireland, India Playing XI vs Ireland, 2nd T20I (Predicted)- IND vs IRE 2nd T20I

India team, IRE vs IND

India vs Ireland, India Playing XI vs Ireland, 2nd T20I (Predicted)- IND vs IRE 2nd T20I. Ireland is all geared up to tie the 2-match T20I series against India at The Village, Dublin on 28th June from 9:00 pm. India won the first T20I by 7 wickets and 16 balls in hand. Due to the rain interruption, the 1st T20I was reduced to 12 overs for each side. India won the toss and they elected to field first in the 1st T20I. Things went according to the plan as Ireland lost their first two wickets for 6.

However, a superb knock from Harry Tector moved Ireland’s scorecard to 108 for the loss of 4 wickets. Indian openers started the innings aggressively. It was the 3rd over when they lost back-to-back wickets. But skipper Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda dominated the Irish bowling attack to chase the target in just 9.2 overs.

With the victory, India now has won all 4 T20Is against Ireland. They are on the verge of being unbeaten in the T20I series for the fifth time. They have won 9 out of 11 T20Is played this year. On the other hand, Ireland has 5 victories and 4 losses in 9 T20Is played this year. It was clearly seen in the 1st T20I that the Ireland team lacks the resistance to fight against the top Test-playing nations. But a 12-over game doesn’t judge your overall performance.

Hardik Pandya is on the verge of winning a T20I series on his debut as a captain. India tried Deepak Hooda and Ishan Kishan pair as openers. The plan worked in favour of India as Ishan Kishan scored 26 runs off 11 deliveries with 3 fours and 2 sixes. Deepak Hooda then capitalized on the opportunity to score 47 runs in 29 deliveries. Ishan Kishan’s strike rate is 156.75 in the last 6 T20Is.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Photo: BCCI)

This means Ruturaj Gaikwad, who had a calf niggle, will have a role to bat in the middle order. Suryakumar Yadav’s return didn’t go well for him as he got out on a first-ball duck. But his strike rate in T20Is is above 160. So, there is no problem with having an off-game.

Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Ruturaj Gaikwad, if fit will bat in the middle order. Hardik Pandya promoted himself to number 4 to score 24 runs with 3 gigantic sixes at a strike rate of 200. Dinesh Karthik and Ruturaj Gaikwad might see their places swapped if it comes to that stage for India. Axar Patel can also be the option for India in the middle order.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the bowling attack with Avesh Khan and Umran Malik. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 1 wicket for 16 in 3 overs that included one maiden over. Avesh Khan once again went for over 10 runs. So did the debutant express pacer Umran Malik.

Though Umran Malik clocked 148 KMPH he went for 2 boundaries and a six against Harry Tector. He will still get his chances in the second game. On not so spin-friendly track, MOM Yuzvendra Chahal gave just 11 runs in 3 overs and took a wicket. With world cup preparations on the line, he will continue to be in playing 11 over Ravi Bishnoi.

In the absence of Ruturaj Gaikwad, India are very much likely to hand over the T20I debut cap to Rahul Tripathi as Ishan Kishan’s opening partner for the second and final T20I match. It will be interesting to see whether the visitors will play Sanju Samson in the playing 11 or not.

India vs Ireland, India Playing XI vs Ireland, 2nd T20I (Predicted)- IND vs IRE 2nd T20I

Rahul Tripathi

Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)

Batting at a strike rate of 158.33, the right-handed batter Rahul Tripathi had accumulated 413 runs from 14 matches in this edition of the IPL 2022 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He had scored 397 in 17 matches in 2021 and was a key player for his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.

Rahul Tripathi has finally gotten his first India call-up for Ireland T20Is after a successful IPL 2022 season for Sunrisers Hyderabad. There were a lot of backlashes after he was not considered for the 5-match T20 series against South Africa.

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