Salman Butt questions Team India’s tactics at ODIs in South Africa, asking if pace bowlers are only for IPL

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt questioned Team India’s tactics of not using real pace bowlers during the ODI series in South Africa. Butt claimed that India’s bowling looked completely bland due to the lack of pace.

India lost to South Africa by seven wickets in the 2nd ODI of the three-match series in Paarl on Friday. With the loss, they also conceded the series as the Proteas took an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Butt reflected on India’s sloppy performance and wondered where India’s fast bowlers were. Raising questions about visitor selection policies, the former cricketer said on his YouTube channel:

“It seems like India needs to re-select its selectors. Who made this team combo? Where are the pace bowlers delivering at 140 km/h? Are they just for the IPL? India have Mohammed Siraj in their squad and I’m sure there will be few others who can bowl at a good pace.” South Africa seal a comfortable win to take the unassailable lead in the series leading them to a 2-0 series win ! 👌🏻 Watch the series live on ICC.tv (in select regions) #SAvIND | bit.ly/SAvIND-ODI2 https://t.co/MWeG1l4y6s

Butt was blown away by the fact that Rishabh Pant stood against the wickets for most of the team’s pacers. Stunned, he added:

“For most of the tempo bowlers who played in the XI in the 2nd ODI, the keeper got up. If this happens in South Africa, where will you be bowling your fast bowlers? That’s just amazing.”

Jasprit Bumrah (1/37) was the only Indian pacesetter to impress on Friday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar went for 67 in eight and Shardul Thakur for 35 in five.

“Seemed like India was practicing South Africa” ​​- Salman Butt

The 37-year-old described India’s overall performance at the 2nd ODI as completely flat. Undeterred by the body language of the visitors, he commented:

“It was a completely flat performance by Team India. No bowler threatened the South African batsmen. The captain has not placed any attack squares. It literally seemed like India was practicing South Africa.”

Butt went on to claim that the intensity the players showed prior to the South Africa tour has been lost. He concluded:

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been struggling for some time. Except for Bumrah and the weirdos, no one mattered. Her body language and confidence are really low.”

The final ODI of the series, which will be a Dead Rubber, will be played in Cape Town on Sunday.

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