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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Speed sensation Umran Malik has impressed one and all with his raw pace during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The 22-year-old pacer, who is playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), has been bowing consistently over the 150 kmph mark. He has picked 15 wickets so far and bowled the fastest delivery of 157 kmph in the current edition of the cash-rich league.

Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is eager to see the entry of the young speedster in the Indian team. He wants Umran to partner pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah in the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held in Australia later this year.

“Umran is my favourite. What a bowler he is. I want to see him in the Indian team,” said Harbhajan.

“Tell me any one bowler who bowls more than 150 kmph and is not playing for the country. So, I think it is a great thing for Indian cricket. He will inspire many youngsters to take up the game. What he is doing in IPL has been unbelievable,” he said.

Harbhajan further said if he was in the national selection committee, he would have definitely drafted the Jammu pacer into the Indian team.

“Umran should partner Jasprit Bumrah when India play in the T20 World Cup in Australia,” the former off-spinner said.

“Umran is an exciting prospect. I am sure that he is a promising cricketer and he will learn from his mistakes quickly. When he is bowling at his best, he should be playing in the Indian team. Forget what his age is. When someone is performing well and is fit enough, he should be given the opportunity,” said Harbhajan.

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