Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee feels Umran Malik will be a fantastic addition to the Indian Test side and hailed him as the upcoming superstar of Indian cricket. Umran Malik enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2022 making his debut for India in T20I and ODI cricket. He has so far picked 13 and 11 wickets respectively in the white-ball formats
Brett Lee currently playing in Legends League Cricket in Doha. Speaking to Hindustan Times, when asked about his views on Umran Malik’s inclusion in red-ball cricket the Australian legend said Umran Malik will be a good addition to Indian Test cricket.
“Why not? He is good enough in my opinion. He has got good pace, got nice action, and runs well with a beautiful approach. So yes he can be injected, He is a superstar in the making,” Brett Lee said.
Umran Malik broke the Indian record for the fastest delivery when he recorded 156kph during the second ODI of the series against Sri Lanka. The fast bowler remains an integral part of the Indian team in the limited-overs formats.
The right-arm pacer enjoyed a stellar season in the Indian Premier League 2022 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, taking 18 wickets in the competition. The 23-year-old is yet to be in the reckoning for their Test debut.
It Leaves A Hole In Indian Team – Brett Lee
Brett Lee revealed Jasprit Bumrah’s absence will hole in the Indian team and lauded him as India’s best bowler in all three formats and added it is unfortunate he miss important matches for India.
“I wouldn’t say it makes it weak. I would say that it leaves a hole in there. And I mean this as a compliment because he is that good. Bumrah has got a wonderful record. Unfortunately for him, he has had that worrying back issue for quite some time now.”
Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best bowlers of the decade. He has been out of action for nearly six months. He last played a competitive game in September last year during the home T20I series against South Africa before a back injury ruled him out.
Bumrah’s injury will also be a huge cause of concern for the Indian Team with the World Test Championship finals and ODI World Cup scheduled this year.