Salman Butt, a former Pakistan captain, believes India should field two spinners against England in the Lord’s Test. While the venue’s irregular bounce will benefit the speedier batsmen, Lord’s has typically aided spinners as well.
Due to a hamstring injury to paceman Shardul Thakur, India may be forced to make a change from the XI that played in Nottingham.
Butt stated on his YouTube channel that playing a great spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin on a responsive Lord’s surface would be a wise decision. He elaborated.
“We’ve heard Shardul Thakur is ineligible. Otherwise, India can bring in Ravichandran Ashwin if they wish to play two spinners at Lord’s. On the final day at Lord’s, there is a lot of uneven bounce. Even the quick bowlers come into play when the bounce is uneven. India has Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, both of whom bowl excellent bouncers.”
“I haven’t seen the pitch,” says the player. However, based on my Lord’s expertise, India’s best combination will be two spinners and three pacers. At Lord’s, spinners have traditionally taken a lot of wickets. When we won a Test here, Yasir Shah had taken ten wickets. As a result, I believe two spinners can play. “However, if India feels comfortable with four pacers, they can go with Ishant Sharma,” Salman Butt remarked.
In Nottingham, India went with Ravindra Jadeja as the lone spinner, opting to play Thakur over Ashwin. The bowler wowed the crowd by taking four wickets in the Test.
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Moeen Ali can score runs and assist England improve their Lord’s over-rate: Butt, Salman
Butt remarked that all-rounder Moeen Ali would surely boost England’s line-up at Lord’s if he were to be included in the lineup. He went on to say that because Moeen is a slow bowler, his involvement will assist England improve their over-rate. In Nottingham, both India and England were penalised two WTC points for their slow over-rate.
“Moeen Ali has the potential to offer England a batting advantage. He’s also a good spinner. In English conditions, he has a strong record against India with the ball. Zak Crawley was averaging 25-30 runs every game. Moeen Ali is capable of scoring a lot more than that. Salman Butt added, “Both teams have been penalized two points for slow over-rate.”
“As a result, over-rating is crucial. These points could be crucial as the WTC nears its conclusion. At Lord’s, spinners will be more successful, resulting in more overs being bowled, potentially speeding up the game “Salman Butt chimed in.
The second Test between England and India will begin on Thursday at Lord’s. After Day 5 was rained out, the first Test finished in a tie.