Umran Malik, a rookie pacer from Jammu and Kashmir, was picked in the India A team for the upcoming tour of South Africa, which will be headed by Gujarat top-order batsman Priyank Panchal The 14-member squad for the tour, which would include three four-day matches, was chosen by the BCCI’s senior selection committee. The three games will all take place in Bloemfontein Malik, a 21-year-old right-arm pacer who has only played one List A and eight T20 matches in his brief career. He has never participated in a red-ball game.

During the IPL in the UAE last month, the Jammu player wowed everyone with his raw pace.

During Sunrisers Hyderabad’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he hit 152.95 kph, the fastest in the competition, impressing captain Virat Kohli.

Despite his poor beginnings, he has progressed through the ranks. His father runs a modest fruit business in the Gujjar Nagar neighbourhood of Jammu.

He took 3/24 against Railways on his T20 debut, including the wicket of former India player Karn Sharma, who was beaten for sheer pace. In the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championships, he has six wickets in four games, despite J&K finishing last in Group C.

In the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournaments, the 31-year-old Panchal is leading the Gujarat team. Gujarat qualified for the quarterfinals as the Group D champions.

Batters Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, and Devdutt Padikkal, as well as spinners Navdeep Saini and Rahul Chahar, are among the squad’s other members.

India A squad for South Africa tour: Priyank Panchal (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, Baba Aparajith, Upendra Yadav (wk), K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel, Arzan Nagwaswalla.

India A Itinerary: