India lost the game against Australia by 21 runs at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. With this win, Australia sealed the series by 2-1. Meanwhile, the former Australian bowling legend is not happy with the decision of Indian Cricket Management over their treatment of the budding pacer Umran Malik.
Umran had a successful IPL 2022 season and after that, he was picked by the BCCI selectors and made his debut for India in both ODIs and T20Is. Despite being included in the squad for the recently concluded Australian ODI series, Umran did not feature in any of the games.
While having a conversation with The Times of India, Brett Lee praised Umran as an exceptional talent and expressed his belief that the young fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir has the potential to represent India in all three formats of the game.
“Umran Malik is a wonderful bowler. He is a special talent. If his workload is taken care of properly, he will do wonders. I believe he (Umran) can play all three formats of the game. We must manage him correctly,” said Lee.
Lee suggested that in order to make Umran Malik a world-class bowler, the Indian Cricket Management should not bench him rather they should provide him with more and more games. He feels this is the way Umran could be developed more as a potential pacer.
The former Australian fast bowler advised that Umran should focus on doing light training in the gym rather than lifting heavy weights. Lee also recommended that the young fast bowler should concentrate on improving his sprinting abilities.
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“The best way to manage him correctly is to allow him to bowl, give him as many games as possible, don’t rest him in every second game. Just don’t let him go into the gym more and lift heavy weights. He should do light muscle mass in the gym, which is important for him. He should work on his sprinting and obviously his core strengthening,” said Lee.