Former Pakistan batter Salman Butt feels the experience is one of the major differences between bowling attacks of India and Pakistan during the International T20 Cup. Butt’s comments do make some sense as India boasts of names such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravi Ashwin. These players have been in the white-ball set up for a long time and know a thing or two about bowling in pressure situations.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan bowling attack is relatively inexperienced with young pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi leading the charge. India and Pakistan are set to lock horns for the sixth time in the showpiece event on Sunday (October 24) in the Dubai International Stadium. Hence Butt feels it will all boil down to experience during the high octane clash.
“Experience is the major difference in India and Pakistan’s bowling attacks. (Jasprit) Bumrah is highly experienced. Our No. 1 bowler Shaheen Afridi is comparatively very less experienced. Yes, he is a high-quality bowler and can get wickets with the new ball. His pace is very good and he can swing the new ball as well. There are a lot of good things in his possession. He can become a world-class bowler in the days to come,” Butt told on his Youtube channel.
Not only does India have a good pace bowling attack but they are equally strong in the spin department with players like Jadeja, Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, and Varun Chakravarthy in the mix. Butt feels the Indian attack has an edge due to being strong in pace as well spin.
“If you look at our second pacer, it could be Hasan Ali. He is reasonably experienced. But if we look at India, they have (Mohammed) Shami. Again, he is vastly experienced in comparison. So the more you move ahead with the comparisons, it is more the same. Among spinners, they have (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja. We have Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. So there is a vast difference in the bowling attacks when it comes to experience.”
India have not tasted defeat against Pakistan since the inaugural edition of the International T20 Cup in 2007.