“Pace alone is not everything” – Mohammad Shami tells Umran Malik to work on the basics first

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The veteran Indian pacer Mohammad Shami has come up with a piece of advice for the young sensation Umran Malik. Shami has asked Umran to work on the basics first instead of relying solely on the pace.

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Mohammad Shami is arguably the best new-ball bowler in the world currently and he is having a decent season with the Gujarat Titans. The right-handed pacer has accounted for 16 wickets in 12 matches at a decent economy rate of 7.87.

Meanwhile, the young pacer of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Umran Malik, has been garnering all the limelight courtesy of his raw pace. He had a couple of brilliant games as the experts around the world started to ask the Indian selectors to pick him up for the Indian side. However, Umran Malik has had a couple of off games and he has been pretty expensive with the ball. It has been a reality check for the youngster as the pace is not everything for a bowler.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Shami has now asked the youngster to work on his lines and lengths first.

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Umran Malik is a work in progress: Mohammad Shami

“Umran Malik has pace but personally, I am not a huge fan of pace. If you are bowling 140 and you move it both ways, you are doing it enough to trouble a batter. He has pace but he will take time to perfect himself as he will need to get accurate in line and length along with pace,” said Mohammad Shami.

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Shami is currently eyeing a return to the Indian white-ball squad and looking to book a ticket to Australia for the T20 World Cup. On asked about his chances to get a chance in the T20Is, the Bengal-born pacer played it down saying he has always done well in the T20 format.

“I have done well whenever I have been given the white ball in my hand. If you are talking about this season then I don’t think so anyone has taken more wickets than me in the last 3 to 4 seasons. Whenever I have got the responsibility, I have given my 100 per cent,”

Mohammad Shami told a group of reporters on Froday.

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