Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt believes Team India have made a stunning effort to solve the issues in their fast bowling department prior to the T20 World Cup in Australia. However, there are reports circulating that the team management has asked Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj along with Shardul Thakur to travel to Australia as well.
Meanwhile, Butt reckons that the Indian bowlers were quite expensive at the death and were lacking that skill in the absence of the pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah. However, he also feels that the aforementioned bowling options have the potential to do well in the T20 World Cup.
Speaking in a video on the YouTube channel, Salman Butt said:
“It is visible that they have realized their fast bowling has some issues. When there’s no swing on offer, Indian bowling doesn’t look as threatening. It wasn’t an encouraging sign for the team. 200 runs were conceded frequently.”
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Mohammed Shami hasn’t played cricket for a while and he has just recovered from COVID-19 as well. However, Salman Butt believes that if fit, Shami’s selection for the mega event is sure as well. He also opined that having played the 2015 World Cup in Australia, Shami knows what to do exactly.
“Shami is probably fit and is vastly experienced and doesn’t need to prove anything. He has the experience of playing the ODI World Cup here so he knows exactly what lengths to bowl,” Butt added.
“He is a hit-the-deck bowler” – Salman Butt on Mohammed Siraj’s inclusion
Meanwhile, Salman Butt also said that even Mohammed Siraj can be an option to replace Jasprit Bumrah, as he did well and won the Player of the Series award against South Africa, picking up five wickets in the ODI series and bowling well at the death overs as well.
“Siraj has also been in form and has won the Man of the Series award (against South Africa). Even he is a hit-the-deck bowler and can be a good option for Bumrah’s replacement,” Salman Butt concluded.