Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has praised Indian batsmen for their batting against England in the ongoing first Test of the five-match series. Butt stated that India will have to restrict England if the visitors want to win the match.
Virat Kohli-led team scored 278 after removing the hosts for 183 on the back of superb performance by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Even India faced a mini-collapse when they were reduced to 112/4 from 97/0, with Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Puajra, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane back in the pavilion.
However, KL Rahul and Ravindra scored 84 and 56 respectively to give a lead of 95 runs.
Butt highlighted England’s batting shortcomings and said India can win the game if the bowlers can stop English batters from scoring runs.
“India’s comeback was because of their never-say-die attitude they have developed in recent years. Their lesser-experienced guys like KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant stood up. India tried their best and everybody pitched in to get that vital 95-run lead. Now it is up to the bowlers and it all depends on how they respond to the situation,” Butt said.
“Presently, England are 25 for no loss. But the pitch is such, and under overcast conditions, the ball seams so much that wickets fall in groups of two or three. If someone among Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj or Shardul Thakur can come up with a good spell, then anything is possible. If someone can claim 3-4 wickets in a spell and the other can chip in with a couple… If England’s lead does not go above 200, then it is very much possible for India to win this match,” he added.