Salman Butt Urges Bhuvneshwar Kumar To Increase His Pace
By CricShots - Jan 29, 2022 5:19 pm
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Former Pakistan opener, Salman Butt has stated that Indian fast bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs to increase his pacer in order to resurrect his career as a fast bowler in Team India. Butt further added that Bhuvneshwar doesn’t have something extra-special to succeed, and he should be replaced with Mohammed Siraj in the team.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Team India recently witnessed a whitewash in the three-match ODI series against South Africa. The Indian bowlers were totally outplayed by the South African batters. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who made his comeback in ODIs, failed to get 64 and 67 runs in the two fixtures respectively, without taking a wicket. In the third ODI in Cape Town, Deepak Chahar replaced Bhuvneshwar, and the former scalped 2 wickets and scored 54 runs with the bat in the final fixture of the series.

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Meanwhile, Salman Butt stated that Bhuvneshwar needs to add a few yards of pace in his bowling to continue his fast-bowling career for Team India. The former Pakistan captain further added that the Indian speedster doesn’t have something extra-special like Mohammad Asif to succeed.

Explaining the same, Salman Butt said, “Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs to seriously bring his pace back. With a speed of 125-130, if you don’t have something ‘extra-special’ like Mohammad Asif, or if you don’t get the conditions that assist spin, you don’t have a life as a fast bowler.”

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Salman Butt

After the second ODI against South Africa, the Indian wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant had stood up for Bhuvneshwar following the pacer’s poor performance in the limited-overs series. The former Pakistan batsman criticized the bowling tactics of Bhuvneshwar in South Africa.

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Talking about the same, Salman Butt said, “If the keeper is standing up for you in South Africa, what are you doing there as a fast bowler? Definitely, they need to move in a direction where they have wicket-taking options, where batsmen have a fear in mind that the bowler is fast and that they can be hit. If you don’t have speed, the batsman doesn’t have a second thought. He will attack you with confidence.”

Salman Butt further added that Mohammed Siraj should replace Bhuvneshwar in Team India.