Pakistan Bowlers Need To Spend More Time Playing First-Class Cricket, Says Salman Butt

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has lashed out at the current Pakistani bowlers, stating that they need to spend more time in first-class cricket to sharpen their skills. He highlighted the inefficiency of the young bowlers who, according to him, are only focusing on speeding up and not giving any importance to enhancing their skillset. Salman Butt highlighted how young bowlers, the likes of Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah, have not given much importance to first-class cricket which has impacted their performance for Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL). Salman Butt: Bowlers Need To Spend More Time

Pakistan Bowlers Need To Spend More Time Playing First-Class Cricket, Says Salman Butt

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has lashed out at the current Pakistani bowlers, stating that they need to spend more time in first-class cricket to sharpen their skills. He highlighted the inefficiency of the young bowlers who, according to him, are only focusing on speeding up and not giving any importance to enhancing their skillset.

Salman Butt highlighted how young bowlers, the likes of Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah, have not given much importance to first-class cricket which has impacted their performance for Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
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Salman Butt: Bowlers Need To Spend More Time Playing First Class Cricket

During a conversation on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt opined that lack of first-class experience has been the reason for their below-par performance.

“Bowling at 140 kmph makes no impact if you don’t bowl at proper line and length. The batsmen love playing these types of half-volleys. They only need to direct the ball towards the boundary.

“Pace will help you only if you know how to swing and bowl at the correct line and length. The bowlers need to spend more time playing first-class cricket; not at the gym working on their legs. You’ll become an athlete, not a bowler. It is just like becoming a doctor without MBBS,” said Salman Butt.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

According to the former Pakistan skipper, the current Pakistan bowlers only focus on breaching the 140 kmph mark and not on swing, line, and length. Hence, Salman Butt believed that they could become good athletes but not good fast bowlers.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt gave his views on the shortcomings of a few Pakistani fast bowlers in PSL 2021 despite the improved facilities in the National High-Performance Center.

Salman Butt: Azam Khan Needs To Perform

The former skipper also spoke about young wicketkeeper-batsman Azam Khan who came under the limelight after being named in the Pakistan national squad. A lot has been spoken about his fitness and Salman Butt believes that the youngster needs to perform well to stay away from criticism.

“Azam Khan needs to perform. He played a couple of good knocks in PSL, but there were many discussions about his fitness. So, every time he fails or misfields, these people will question his fitness. The only way out of all this is to keep performing,” Butt said.

Azam Khan, the uncapped hard-hitting batsman from Quetta Gladiators, has been picked in the T20I squad.
Azam Khan, the uncapped hard-hitting batsman from Quetta Gladiators, has been picked in the T20I squad. © Getty

Pakistan has recalled pacer Naseem Shah for the Test series against the West Indies. Meanwhile, Azam Khan, who is an uncapped hard-hitting batsman from participating in PSL, has been picked in the T20I set-up that will play against England and the West Indies.

Azam Khan, who scored at a strike rate of over 144 for Gladiators, makes it to the T20I squad. Azam Khan has notched up 743 runs at an impressive strike rate of 157.41 in his T20 career so far. Salman Butt opined that people will always question Azam Khan’s place in the playing XI because of his fitness, and the only way the stumper could shut their mouths was by performing well.

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Ross Taylor, a New Zealand middle-order batsman has stated that he might have retired from international cricket if his side had won the 2019 ODI World Cup. Two years after the heartbreaking disappointment at Lord’s, New Zealand is set to play India in another ICC tournament summit clash. The inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final, beginning at Southampton on Friday, will be New Zealand’s third final at a world event in six years. Ross Taylor Admits It Was Disappointing To Lose 2019 World Cup Final After losing the 2015 World Cup final against Australia, New Zealand beat India in the

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Ross Taylor, a New Zealand middle-order batsman has stated that he might have retired from international cricket if his side had won the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Two years after the heartbreaking disappointment at Lord’s, New Zealand is set to play India in another ICC tournament summit clash. The inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final, beginning at Southampton on Friday, will be New Zealand’s third final at a world event in six years.

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Ross Taylor Admits It Was Disappointing To Lose 2019 World Cup Final

After losing the 2015 World Cup final against Australia, New Zealand beat India in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup to set up a grand finale date with hosts England.

The final ended in a tie, following which the teams tussled in a Super Over which also ended in a stalemate. England was eventually crowned 2019 World Cup champions on the pre-decided “boundary count” rule which was scrapped later.

“It was disappointing to have lost that match at Lord’s a couple of years ago. I guess, when you lose, you feel that it might be the last time you are playing a World Cup final, so it is nice for me to be here.

“If we did win that game, I might have retired after that. I am glad I did not, and I am here today,” said  Ross Taylor during a virtual press conference.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In a career spanning over a decade-and-a-half, Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s most-capped cricketer with 442 international matches across all formats. The 37-year-old is also his country’s leading run-scorer in international cricket and is just four runs shy of recording 18,000 international runs.

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Ross Taylor called India a “fantastic side” as he praised the Kiwis’ WTC final opponent, and hailed their win in Australia last season which was great to watch. The Kiwi batsman believes the Indian side has all the necessary ingredients to excel in the WTC final.

“India has been a fantastic side for a long period of time — not only their batters but also their bowlers. They won a series against Australia in its home summer, and it was great to watch. It was nice for the New Zealand public to see some world-class bowling against a very good Australian attack.”

Ross Taylor added that India had a fair lot of success in England as well. He also stated that he was sure the Indian bowlers would have enjoyed the swing and the bounce that the Dukes’ ball offers.

“We are looking forward to the challenge. You go through the Indian line-up, and there are just world-class players throughout. Whatever side they decide to go with, it will have world-class players. India has been a world No.1 side for a long time. They will be very tough opposition,” Ross Taylor added.

Even with a second-string side in the absence of injury-hit players, India beat the mighty Australian side at home in the 2020/21 season to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The victory also helped the side earn crucial points in the WTC and boosted their chances of making it to the tournament final. However, India comes into this game having not contested a single Test match since February-March 2021 against England at home.

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Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Image Source: AP IMAGE

New Zealand, on the other hand, beat England at Birmingham less than a week ago to win their first series in the country in 22 years. The 1-0 series win also helped them displace India from the No.1 Test spot. Ross Taylor believes the England series has helped them acclimatize to the conditions ahead of the WTC final.

“It was an ideal preparation, having played two Test matches against England in these conditions. Cannot think of anything better,” Ross Taylor further added.

Currently ranked 19th in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, Ross Taylor will be playing his 108th Test for New Zealand when New Zealand meets India at Southampton. Already New Zealand’s highest run-getter in Test cricket, Ross Taylor is only the fourth Black Caps cricketer after the likes of , Daniel Vettori, and Brendon McCullum to play over 100 Tests for his nation.

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