Former New Zealand footballer Simon Doll impressed with Imran Malik’s debut in One Day Internationals against New Zealand in the opening series. Imran, who became a sensation through the Indian Premier League, broke the 140kph barrier at regular intervals to upset the host batsman. Jammu and Kashmir took two wickets as the other bowlers had an away day India He lost the match by 7 wickets while defending a target of 307.
Imran had a great season in the IPL this year taking 22 wickets in 14 matches and won the player of the year award. He made his T20I debut earlier this year on the tour of Ireland, but the selectors decided to put him on the home circuit to be prepared for the big stage.
The 23-year-old has the ability to clock 145kph at regular intervals as he did the same on his ODI debut on Friday.
The former New Zealand footballer suggested that Imran looked good on his debut, and that he had a lot of work to do to launch his best version on the big stage.
“It was a good start, you know. I asked him to go out and bowl quickly and I thought he was controlled early on. He was really good and not wayward, which we’ve seen sometimes through the IPL. For me, it was a really good start on a tough pitch. I think there’s a lot to work with. You can’t judge a man by one performance.
Doll noted that Imran had played very few List A matches and playing on bats-friendly pitches would not be easy for him, but he did well on his debut.
“Remember, he’s only played three List A games before tonight and so, he’s learning. It’s never going to be easy against top players with quality batting pitches. I’ll give him a pass tonight and watch his improvement as the series goes on.”
Meanwhile, Latham took the match away for India, powering an inexperienced bowling attack all over the park to end up unbeaten making a career best score of 145 off 104 balls, with 19 from fours and five sixes.
He also stitched together an unbeaten encounter of 221 runs off 165 balls with captain Kane Williamson, who was the perfect ally and unbeaten at 94 not chasing the total with 17 balls remaining. For India, they lost the plot by the ball when Latham and Williamson were attacking them, especially after the forty.