Dale Steyn raves about young bowler: He’s doing something no one else is

Dale Steyn, who is unequivocally one of the greatest fast bowlers to have played the game, has been working in the Indian Premier League as the fast bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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Working closely with 22-year-old Umran Malik, Steyn believes the fast bowler has all the talent to make it far in international cricket, with many believing the youngster could be fast-tracked into the Indian T20 team.

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Steyn also revealed how they are managing the young fast bowler

“Umran will play international cricket, no doubt about that,” Steyn commented in an interview with Sportstar. “He bowls at 150kmph consistently, and nobody else is doing that in the world right now, maybe Lockie Ferguson is the other guy who does it, but they are very different bowlers. But from an Indian point of view, he is the only guy that consistently bowls over 145-150kmph every single ball, so he will play for India. But how India manages him is completely up to them.

“I think the more he plays, the more he will get better. And he is figuring his skills out there on the field. I think he is led by Kane (Williamson) well. And, we have made 100 per cent sure that there’s somebody next to him that he can have a conversation with if he finds himself in a difficult position,” Steyn said.

“So, we have tried to structure it that way he’s bowling – we have got somebody like Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) or Nattu (T. Natarajan) very close to him, like middle for mid-on, or even Kane, just so that they can speak to him if he finds himself in a difficult situation. But overall, I just think that everybody has been given the freedom to express themselves and play in the manner in which they feel is best suited to them…”

Sunrisers will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Brabourne Stadium on Saturday.

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