Sunrisers Hyderabad’s decision to continuously bench promising fast bowler Umran Malik in the IPL 2023 season has raised eyebrows and sparked speculation among fans and experts.

Umran Malik had a breakout performance in the previous season, emerging as one of the contenders for the Purple Cap with 22 wickets and catching the attention of the cricketing world with his raw pace and ability to take crucial wickets. He even earned a place in the Indian team, although he missed out on selection for the T20 World Cup.

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However, in the current IPL season, Umran Malik has only made seven appearances out of SRH’s 13 matches. He has been given limited opportunities, bowling just 17 overs, and hasn’t even completed his full quota of four overs in multiple games. The lack of trust from the SRH team management has left many wondering about the reasons behind their decision.

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During the toss before their recent match against, SRH captain Aiden Markram was questioned by commentator Ian Bishop about the continuous omission of Malik from the playing XI. Markram’s response raised eyebrows and confusion among fans. He mentioned Umran’s X factor and his ability to bowl at 150 kilometers per hour but expressed uncertainty about the reasons behind his limited game time, using the phrase “behind the scenes.”

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It Could Be That Umran Malik Had A Fight With The Management: Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag, speaking to Cricbuzz, tried to make sense of Markram’s statement. Sehwag suggested that the phrase “behind the scenes” might indicate a potential disagreement or argument between Umran Malik and the team management, which could be the reason for his absence from the playing XI. Sehwag also criticized Umran for not making a significant impact with the ball in the limited opportunities he received, emphasizing the importance of performing on the field.

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Sehwag expressed his belief that players should give their full effort on the field, regardless of their personal lives or any off-field issues. He stated that when he was a coach or mentor, he focused on demanding 100% effort from players during matches, and he didn’t concern himself with their personal lives.

Sehwag emphasized that if Umran Malik had any issues with the management, they should be resolved, and he should prove his worth with exceptional performances when given the opportunity.

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“I feel you can do anything behind the scene that is your life, you if you are performing in the ground and you are working hard for it, that is important for me. When I was the coach or mentor, I believed that when you in the ground I want to 100 per cent effort from you, off the field what you do, I have not meaning in that, that is your life.”

“I truly did not understand what ‘behind the scene’ meant. It could be that he (Umran) had a fight with the management or maybe there was an argument, then that is bad. You were given an opportunity, you did not perform, now you have to wait until your next chance. You should shut the mouths with your performance. I think something similar was said by David Warner as well. This was the same language, only Markram put it in a better way.”

Furthermore, Sehwag drew parallels between Markram’s use of the phrase “behind the scenes” and David Warner, who had previously made similar comments during his time with the SRH franchise.

The situation surrounding Umran Malik’s limited game time continues to raise questions, and fans eagerly await further clarification from the Sunrisers Hyderabad management.

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