Salman Butt likens India legend to Pak youth to explain the need for Paes

Salman Butt likens India legend to Pak youth to explain the need for Paes

File photo of Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.© BCCI

Veteran India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been in the grip of a storm since conceding 52 runs in 4 overs in the Mohali T20I against Australia. Several former cricketers have criticized Bhuvneshwar’s lack of pace and innovation in the death overs, which has contributed majorly to three major losses for the team. He was tasked to bowl the 19th over in the Super 4 matches of the Asia Cup against Pakistan and Sri Lanka and bowled his lines on both occasions, leading India to an early exit from the tournament.

He had the same job that India saw in their 208-run defense against Australia in the first T20I, but Bhuvneshwar was incredibly poor in his execution as India lost.

Several former cricketers have called for a change in India’s strategy, including former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who has been outright brutal in his assessment of the India pacer.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Butt was asked by a fan to explain the need for pace, as Pakistan’s express young fast bowler Naseem Shah also conceded runs against England in the first T20I.

Butt clarified that when a bowler lacks pace, he has very limited options to pose a threat to the batsman.

“Okay Naseem Shah may have gone for the runs but he has troubled the batsmen of the big teams. When a bowler lacks pace, he doesn’t have much options. Even Australia He (Bhubaneswar) was bowling outside the off-stump as well in the first T20I against Australia. He did the same in the Asia Cup and it didn’t work.


“When you have the pace you can throw a bouncer. Your slower one automatically becomes deceptive because the batsman is expecting pace. When a bowler who is already slow and bowls at a slower pace, So no surprise for the batsman,” Butt explained. His sharp criticism of Bhuvneshwar.

Butt compared Naseem and Bhuvneshwar, saying, “Naseem Shah conceded 35 and Bhuvneshwar 52, there is a huge difference. Look at the difference in experience too.”

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