Sunil Gavaskar give a Compliment, Umran Malik is the second Indian player I'm looking to see after Sachin Tendulkar

Gavaskar says Malik has to play South Africa in third T20I.

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Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar praised Indian fast bowling sensation Umran Malik and said the last time he was so excited to see an Indian player like Malik was for Sachin Tendulkar. Gavaskar also reckons the Pacer should play for India in the upcoming T20I game against South Africa at Vizag.
Umran Malik could make his India debut in the third T20I against South Africa to be played in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Beating Bhuvneshwar Kumar, no other Indian bowler - Sear or Spinner - has really affected the two games so far, which India lost both by failing to defend totals of 211 and 148.
This could pave the way for Malik's debut, with the speedster showing off his wicket-take factor during the 2022 IPL. The Sunrisers Hyderabad paceman grabbed 22 wickets during the season, including a memorable five-wicket move against the Gujarat Titans.
While Gavaskar believes Malik needs to start at Vizag, he feels it will depend on what type of wicket is offered and also the fact that the team may not be ready with their XI for a must-win game to experiment. The 72-year-old reckons India currently has no wicket bowlers on the team other than seaman Bhuvneshwar Kumar and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
“The last time I was really excited to see an Indian player was Sachin Tendulkar. And after that, I'm looking forward to seeing Umran Malik," Gavaskar said.
You need a wicket bowler and Umran Malik is one: Sunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar believes that in the two T20I games against South Africa in the current series no one but Kumar looked set to win wickets and that was the main reason India failed to defend their goal of 212 in the first T20I.
"I think he should play but again they could say we should win the third and put ourselves in a situation and then maybe they can think about experimenting," the former India batsman told Star Sports.
South Africa won the first game after chasing 212 with seven wickets in hand thanks to David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen with their unbeaten fourth wicket partnership of 131. South Africa won the second game by four wickets and ten balls. They were chasing a 149 goal, which took them one win away from winning the five-match streak. India, who need three straight wins to clinch the series, could change their style of play in search of a winning team.
“Arshdeep and Umran, you want to see them act at some point in the series. They want to choose their squad for the World Cup in October, so I think they need an opportunity. They need a wicket bowler and Umran Malik is a wicket taker...we know that," Gavaskar said.