Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Young pace sensation Umran Malik turned 23 on Tuesday. Some former India cricketers like Irfan Pathan and Robin Uthappa wished the tearaway right-arm fast bowler from Jammu on the occasion.

“Wishing the young speedster Umran Malik a very happy birthday. May you break many stumps,” Irfan tweeted. 

“Happy birthday Umran Malik Have a super successful year ahead! Looking forward to watching more of you on the big stage!!" tweeted Uthappa. 

BCCI also took to Twitter to wish the Malik on his 23rd birthday.

“Here’s wishing #TeamIndia’s young pace sensation @umran_malik_01 a very happy birthday,” BCCI wrote with an illustration of the fast bowler.

However, the tweet did not go down well with several fans. They bombarded the BCCI with tough questions about Malik’s non-selection in the current New Zealand T20Is.

“Young talent ko chance do na ki sirf paani pilane ko le jao whaa, world cup me dekh lia Rohit and Rahul ko apne man ki marji karne ka natiza.” tweeted a fan.

“It’s time @BCCI give equal opportunity to youngsters for T20 rather than burning talent  out on the bench while hoping and waiting for the big names to perform as was the case with the two recent wc n Asia cup selection!While pak  played a young afridi @18yrs for the WC 21,” wrote another fan.

Responding to BCCI’s tweet another fan wrote, “Kilaye to ho nhi use jab apki scheme me mohammad siraj h to aapne shami ki jagah use kyu nhi khilaya , ab achanak se aap siraj ko le aye jab md siraj wc khilana hi nhi h to nye bowlers ko kyu nhi khilate.”