Salman Butt expressed surprise at the inability of Pakistan punters to read Sri Lanka foot camera Wanindu Hasarangaof variations. He points out that all the players from the country have grown up playing billiard cricket and therefore shouldn’t have any problems facing the Lankan camera.
Hasaranga was Man of the Match with a 3 to 21 as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan with 5 goals in the Super 4 at the 2022 Asian Cup on Friday (September 9) in Dubai. The 25-year-old has ruled out Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali as Pakistan looks everything out to sea against him.
Sharing his thoughts on Pakistan’s poor batting attempt, especially against Hasaranga, Butt said on his YouTube channel:
“The way the Pakistani smashers do it is quite disappointing. All their lives, they’ve played ice ball cricket. How can they not read variations of Hasaranga from the finger? A straight finger means the ball will turn away and the back of the hand means the service will come. Iftikhar Ahmed could not read a googly in a previous match. In this game too, he cannot choose change. “
In addition to Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana also impressed by registering #2 for 21 from his 4 passes. Pramod Madushan has also claimed a few small dogs. For Pakistan, Babar’s 29 tackles 30 is the team’s highest score.
“Wouldn’t call it a bad day” – Salman Butt attributed Pakistan’s loss to poor shot selection
While some pundits and fans may feel that Pakistan had a bad day against Sri Lanka on Friday, Butt has a different view. He says the batters have outdone them with lousy shots. He say:
“The games that Pakistan played, I wouldn’t call it a bad day for them. I would describe it as very poor shot selection. We can say it’s a bad day for them if they have some bad luck. However, the hitters were eliminated due to their inability to choose pitcher variations.
Adding that such lackluster performances hurt the confidence of the whole team, Butt concluded:
“I am sure Pakistan will be another team in the final. They will come with a different attitude. Having said that, there are serious concerns about polishing. Pakistan won the matches by showing excellence in patches. There has been no sane performance. “
Pakistan were beaten 121 matches against Sri Lanka, totaling then sent off after 17 rounds. The teams will meet in the 2022 Asian Cup final on Sunday in Dubai.