File photo of Babar Azam© AFP
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt was unimpressed by the strength of the Babar Azam-led side in the Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka. After being batted, Pakistan was bundled up for a paltry total of 121. In response, Sri Lanka dodged the first hurdles to win the match by five wickets and three overs to spare. While pointing out that most players have played tape-ball cricket all their lives, Butt said Pakistani batters should have easily read Sri Lankan spinners better.
“The way the Pakistani batters came out was quite disappointing. They have played tape ball cricket all their lives. How can they not read the variations of Hasaranga off the finger? A straight finger means the ball spins away and means behind the hand that the throw comes in. Iftikhar Ahmed couldn’t read a googly in a previous game. Also in this game he couldn’t choose the variant,” Butt said during a discussion on his YouTube channel.
Butt also came down hard on the players for their shot selection.
“The kind of shots that Pakistani batters played, I won’t call it a bad day for them. I would describe it as a very poor shot selection. We could have said it was a bad day for them if they had some bad luck.” batters fired for their inability to read the bowlers,” he said.
Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face each other again on Sunday in the Asia Cup final.
Sri Lanka has won the Asian Cup five times while Pakistan has won the title only twice.
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