IPL 2022 | Umran Malik set to be included in India squad for July test match against England, says Kevin Pietersen

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen is of the opinion that India should include Umran Malik in their squad for the test match against England in July as he will be effective with his pace. Pietersen added that India can knock down Malik in short spells of three or four so he can be effective.

So far, Umran Malik has impressed everyone with his bowling in the IPL 2022. The ability to constantly clock above 150 km/h makes him a special bowler. By playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season, Malik scalped 15 wickets with a saving of 8.80 in IPL 2022. SRH held him ahead of the mega auction and he proved himself with his performances.

Many pundits and former cricketers have identified him as one of the top talents and are of the opinion that his inclusion in the Indian squad is on the cards. Kevin Pietersen is the new name to join the bandwagon and he is of the opinion that Malik should be included in India’s squad for the test match against England in July. He also added that Malik can be used for short periods similar to how Australia used to bowl. Michael Johnson.

“There are so many exciting young Indian bowlers in the IPL at the moment. Of the overseas players, only Lockie Ferguson and Alzarri joseph correspond to them for the rhythm. Kartik Tyagi and Mohsin Khan are both fast, but the most exciting one is Umran Malik. He threw a 157mph delivery against Delhi on Thursday which is serious pace,” Pietersen wrote in his column for Betway Insider.

“You can use him like Australia used Mitchell Johnson, in short three or four spells so he can just let loose. If I was an India coach, I would have signed him up for that test match against England in July. England batters are currently up against 70mph players in county cricket, so they certainly won’t want to face bowling at 90-95mph all of a sudden.

The race for the playoffs is very intense at the moment. Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants are in a strong position to advance in the tournament as there will be a fight for the two remaining places. Pietersen hopes that Rajasthani Royals will qualify for the playoffs and draw something special as a tribute to the late Shane Warne.

“The race for third and fourth places in the IPL table is on. It should be a fascinating conclusion with Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings pushing Rajasthan Royals and Bangalore Royal Challengers… I also really hope the Rajasthan Royals can make it happen, in memory of Shane Warne. Their tribute to the great man was amazing last Saturday and it would be very fitting if they could achieve something special over the next few weeks,” he said.

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