Former Pakistani skipper Salman Butt thinks India should play two weirdos against England in the Lord’s Test. He pointed out that while uneven jumping around the venue helps the faster men, Lord’s has traditionally helped crackers too.
With pacemaker Shardul Thakur reportedly suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, India could be forced to switch from the team that played in Nottingham.
On his YouTube channel, Butt said it would be a sensible move to play a high-quality weirdo like Ravichandran Ashwin on an appealing interface at Lord’s. He explained:
“We hear that Shardul Thakur is not fit. But otherwise, if India wants to play two weirdos at Lord’s, they can call on Ravichandran Ashwin. There are a lot of uneven jumps at Lord’s on the last day. If the jump is uneven, the fast bowlers also come into play. India has Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, who also bowls very good bouncers. “
“I didn’t see the pitch. But from my experience of matches at Lord’s, two spinners and three pacepers will be India’s best combination. Traditionally, spinners at Lord’s have some wickets. Yasir Shah had taken 10 when we won a test here. So I definitely feel like two weirdos can play. But if India thinks they are comfortable with four pacemakers, they have the option to go with Ishant Sharma, ”added Salman Butt.
India went to Nottingham with Ravindra Jadeja as a lone weirdo, preferring to play Thakur over Ashwin. The pacemaker impressed with the inclusion of four wickets in the test.
Moeen Ali can get runs and help England’s over rate at Lord’s: Salman Butt. to improve
Regarding the possible addition of all-rounder Moeen Ali to the team, Butt stated that he would definitely bolster England’s line-up at Lord’s. He went on to point out that Moen’s inclusion will also help England improve their over rate as he is a slow bowler. Both India and England were docked at Nottingham at two WTC slow crossing points.
“Moeen Ali can give England the edge in batting. He’s a good weirdo too. He has a very good record against India with the ball in English conditions. Zak Crawley scored 25-30 runs. Moeen Ali has the ability to score more. In addition, both teams received two points for slow beating, “said Salman Butt.
“That is why an overestimation is also important. As you get closer to the final of the WTC these points could play a big role. Weirdos will be more effective at Lord’s so they’re likely to throw more overs which can help speed up the game, ”added Salman to Butt.
England and India will meet on Thursday for the second test at Lord’s. The first test ended in a tie after day 5 washed out.