“He Should Have Also Got A Chance”- Salman Butt Not Happy With India’s Decision To Bench Umran Malik

The Indian cricket team is currently playing a five-match T20I series against the South African cricket team. Despite having many IPL stars in the squad and also having the home advantage, the Indian team is trailing by 0-2 in the five-match series. Former Pakistan cricket team skipper Salman Butt gave his views on India’s performance during a discussion on his YouTube channel.

Butt felt that the Indian cricket team’s fast-bowling attack lacks pace. Bhuvneshwar Kumar performed brilliantly because of his experience, but the other two fast bowlers, Avesh Khan, and Harshal Patel, have not made much of an impact in this series.

While some Indian cricket experts have opined that Arshdeep Singh should get a game instead of Avesh Khan, Salman Butt thinks that Umran Malik should make his T20I debut for the Men in Blue soon. Here’s what he said:


“India’s bowling has been lacking in pace. Bhuvneshwar did well in the 2nd T20I to claim four wickets and showed that experience matters. India have Umran Malik but they are not playing him. They are giving a chance to other youngsters, so I think he should have also got a chance. Pace is something that could have made a difference.”

Salman Butt thinks India took the Proteas lightly

During the same discussion, the former Pakistan cricket team skipper added that the Indian team management probably took the South African side lightly, which is why they decided to rest some of their main players.

The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja were rested for this series. KL Rahul was set to lead the team, but unfortunately, he picked up an injury just before the first match of the series.


It will be interesting to see if the Indian team can keep the series alive by winning the next T20I tomorrow in Vizag.


Vinay Chhabria is a cricket and WWE enthusiast who supports Roman Reigns and Gujarat Titans. He has been following cricket for the last 15 years and WWE since 2016.

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