Former England hitter Kevin Petersen has called for Imran Malik to be included in the Test squad to face England later this year. Petersen believes the England team will not be comfortable facing a footballer at their own pace.
Malik, who made his debut in the 2021 IPL season, was one of the fastest bowlers in the current version. The fast driver and right arm clocked a speed of 156.9 km/h against the Delhi Capitals and scored 15 wickets in 10 games with an economic average of 8.92.
at pole For Betway, Petersen wrote that Malik needs to be quickly traced back to the Test team in India immediately because every bat would feel uncomfortable playing at that pace. The 41-year-old thinks India can use the Sunrisers Hyderabad paceman in short batches and wrote:
“For me, there is no point in waiting. Malik should be in the account of the India Test team, as well as the white ball sides. Nobody enjoys facing that kind of speed. You can use it as Australia used to use Mitchell Johnson, in short runs of three or four times until he can just rip.”
“If I was specific to India, I would put him in that test match against England in July. England players are currently facing 70mph in cricket, so they definitely wouldn’t want to face 90-95mph bowling all of a sudden. He has become a superstar in this competition. India would be silly not to use it immediately.”
The 22-year-old’s best numbers came with a 4-0-25-5 against the Gujarat Titans when he knocked out his opponents very quickly. However, the match ended in a loss of five wickets to the 2016 champions.
“It is time for England to support the talent of Liam Livingston.” – Kevin Petersen
As for the England Test team, Petersen called for Liam Livingston to be included due to the explosive nature of his hit. Petersen feels that the multi-level player can move forward in the game, hitting at five or six. he wrote:
“Speaking of the players who should be involved in England’s Test against India, it’s time for England to support Liam Livingston’s talent. He’s very liberal and I love the way he yearns to entertain. He wants to give it a slap so he just does it, doesn’t hold back. It’s great watch it.”
“There are not many better hitters than him in England, I tell you. He is used to playing in this high pressure environment and he loves it. I would have him on the test side at five or six. He can change the nature of the match very quickly by breaking up bowling attacks.”
Livingston cemented his place in the England Limited squad with some impressive performances with racket and ball. He did equally well in 62 first-class matches, scoring 3,069 points with a 38.36 stroke rate.