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‘Fast bowling doesn’t trouble best players in the world’: Brian Lara says Umran Malik needs to add a lot of tricks quickly

Written by Mohan Sharma

Legendary West Indies batter Brian Lara said that Umran Malik must learn that bowling fat would take him nowhere unless he adds some tricks quickly.

“He will be a sensation, but very quickly he will have to learn that fast bowling really does not trouble the best players in the world,” said Lara on the YouTube channel ‘Wake Up With Sorabh.’

“You have to have the ability to do something with the ball, be sensible, and maybe understand times when you have to trickle back or understand the times when you have to up the tempo. He is very young and has got a lot of years ahead of him,” he added.

Citing the examples of former great pacers, Lara said the Indian pacer will have to add few variety to his bowling.

“We have had so many different examples. Wasim Akram was raw pace, Malcolm Marshall had destructive pace, and Michael Holding. But they all know that at some point in time, they had to come with a lot more tricks than just being able to bowl fast,” he said.

“If he (Umran Malik) works with Dale Steyn, he could definitely be one of the best India could produce,” said Lara.

Malik made his debut in June 2022 during India’s tour of Ireland. Since then, he has played 10 ODIs and taken 13 wickets and eight T20Is with 11 wickets.

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