Pakistani ex players are known to make some ludicrous and lofty claims once they become cricket experts. The latest to join the list is none other than former Pakistani seamer Sohail Khan. The 38 year old has been garnering headlines for his remarks on Virat Kohli in recent times.
The former Pakistani seamer was slammed by fans across the world for his comments. Sohail Khan, though doesn’t seem to have learnt his lesson and has come out and targeted yet another Indian player which is certainly not going to sit down well with the Indian fans.
Sohail Khan targets Umran Malik –
23 year old, Umran Malik has been raising the expectations of Indian fans with his blistering pace. It is safe to say that no other bowler is as quick as Umran, who has time and again stated his intention to bowl and break the 160KPH barrier and go past Shoaib Akhtar.
Speaking to the Pakistani media channel, Sohail played down the hype around Umran when he said “I feel this Umran Malik guy is a good bowler. I’ve seen 1-2 matches. He runs fast and has kept other things is check as well. But if you think of fast bowlers with speed in excess of over 150-155 kph, I can count 12-15 players right now who play tape-ball cricket. If you go visit the trails organised by Lahore Qalandars, you’ll find many players,"
More distasteful comments on Umran Malik –
23 year old Umran Malik grabbed the headlines when he bowled well during the IPL 2021 season for SRH. The next season he was clocked at 157 KPH during a game against Delhi. In international cricket recently he has touched 156 KPH for India.
Despite all this Sohail Khan felt that Umran wasn’t better than the players who are playing tape ball cricket in Pakistan. The 38 year old said “Iske (Umran Malik) jaise toh bohot hain. Domestic cricket bhari padi hai hamaari. (Our domestic setup is filled with bowlers like Umran Malik). When a bowler comes through in our domestic level, he becomes a bonafide bowler. Like Shaheen, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf… these are bowlers who know their stuff. I can give you plenty of names."