The emerging player of the season, named as Umran Malik took 22 wickets from 14 matches. He was also rewarded for it with a maiden India call-up for the ongoing five-match T20I series against the Proteas.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt said the management, "I think they should play him as it will give him exposure. I don't know why they're holding him back. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an experienced bowler and he has performed exceptionally for the Indian team. There is no doubt regarding his quality. He could've been rested like other players,"
Butt pointed out that unlike other bowlers, Umran offers extra pace, which makes him a valuable asset.
"You lost the match but you could've gone with a young bowler, who is different from others, and bowls with express pace. He could've presented a surprise element to the batters. Whenever the Indian bowlers missed their length, they were hit for six. This is where extra pace could've made a difference," he added.
South Africa won the first T20I after chasing down the 212-run target after being put into bat, India posted a total of 211 for four in 20 overs.