Salman Butt dismisses Umran Malik vs Shoaib Akhtar debate Says Let him do something first


Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has downplayed the comparison between Shoaib Akhtar and Umran Malik, saying the Indian pacer still has a long way to go in international cricket. Umran has made a lot of headlines recently due to his fast pace in IPL 2022. He took 22 wickets in 14 matches. Seeing his fast bowling, many cricket legends have praised him fiercely. In IPL 2022, Umran bowled a ball at a speed of 157 kmph. After this he was compared to Shoaib Akhtar. But now former Pakistani captain Salman Butt has not given much importance to the comparison between Shoaib Akhtar and Umran Malik. Butt has said that Umran should get a chance in Team India’s playing XI for the time being.

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Salman Butt said on his official YouTube channel, ‘I don’t know why Umran is being stopped. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an experienced bowler. India could have rested him like the rest of the senior players. He could have tried Umran, who is different from other bowlers. He bowls fast and he appears in a different complexion. There are people in both the countries who like to discuss useless things.

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“Any fast bowler who bowls at 150 kmph, it is exciting. Umran is equally exciting as any bowler who can bowl at a speed of more than 150. Let Umran play first, then compare him with top cricketers. I don’t think such comparisons should be made at this level.

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