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Salman Butt Praises Team India’s bench strength
By SMCS - Aug 14, 2022 3:17 pm
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Former Pakistan captain, Salman Butt is quite impressed with Team India’s rotation policy in recent times. He feels that it gives rest to senior players and also gives more opportunities to youngsters as well. He said amid a rising debate about the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) rotation policy, which has earned both praise and criticism.

virat kohli
Virat Kohli is missing the ODI

On his YouTube channel, Butt said: “I think the rotation policy has become a normal practice for the Indian team because they don’t play with the same players in every series. They give rest to senior players, provide more opportunities to the youngsters and keep changing the team.”They have got so many options and combinations going. It becomes a difficult choice at times but having a bench strength is healthy for competitions.”

However, he also feels that Team India head coach Rahul Dravid taking a break before the Asia Cup has come as ‘icing on the cake’.

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“Now they are going ahead with NCA staff. Head VVS Laxman will coach the team in Zimbabwe. So, [Rahul] Dravid, the head coach, is also getting rest. Human development is taking place in the Indian cricket team with increasing human resources, which is fantastic. In future, they can expand it like the IPL,” Salman Butt continued.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

Meanwhile, many didn’t like the rotation policy as questions were asked about the policy that kept a player like Virat Kohli away from international cricket for long as well. The absence of Kohli from the tours of the West Indies and Zimbabwe did raise eyebrows and earned criticism as well. However, while speaking about Virat Kohli, Salman Butt warned Pakistan about him as the much-anticipated Indo-Pak clash in Asia Cup will be played on August 28 in Dubai.

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“In his [Virat Kohli] case, with his experience and ability, India will be looking to get him back in form as soon as possible. We have seen several players return to form against Pakistan. If he comes back to form, he will surely trouble Pakistan,” Salman Butt concluded.

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