India and Pakistan are set to cross swords on October 24 in their T20 International Cup opener. Ahead of the mouthwatering encounter, former Pakistan batter Salman Butt listed out a key point that will give India an edge over their arch-rivals. Butt said that India have a more experienced bowling attack when compared to Pakistan which is an advantage to the hosts.
India have the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami at their disposal and all of them brings tons of experience in white-ball cricket. Meanwhile, the Pakistan attack is relatively inexperienced with Shaheen Shah Afridi leading the charge along with Hasan Ali.
“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.
Butt also said that India have a far better all-round attack with quality spinners to back the pacers. “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.”
Pakistan are yet to defeat India in the T20 International Cup since its inception in 2007.