Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has analyzed India’s batting on Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Test versus England at The Oval. The visitors came back strongly after a dismal showing with the bat on Day 1 and got to 270 runs losing just three wickets in the process. Rohit Sharma led the way with a classy 127 and was well supported by Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a gritty 61 runs.
Butt was impressed by the team’s batting performance and lavished praise for the same. The stand-out batters so far for India have been KL Rahul and Sharma. The duo have so far scored 315 and 368 runs respectively and has given the team solid starts upfront. Butt praised the pair for excellent application in the tough conditions of England.
"If we see the current opening pairs in Test cricket, India's pair has to be the best. The special thing about them is both are all-format players. You cannot categorize them as ODI or Test or T20 specialists. They are complete players and package with great adaptabilities. They also have good control and know when to play and leave, possess innovation, patience, overcame tough periods,” Butt told on his Youtube channel.
The former Pakistan batter further opined that the duo may not find more challenging conditions than the English ones and the pair have so far performed brilliantly together against quality pace bowlers.
"Batsmen won't find conditions difficult than these as James Anderson and Ollie Robinson have operated well with the dukes' ball and took advantage of the overcast conditions. Robinson has hardly bowled any bad balls. He bowled one against which Rohit got out. The first delivery with the new ball was a half-tracker without pace."
"Unfortunately, he got a top edge and went into the fielder's hands. So, I think bowling has been exceptional, line and lengths have been excellent; hence, this batting pair deserves a lot of credit. They have thrived against some outstanding bowling, challenging conditions, and made runs consistently."