Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt feels that Indian left-arm spin bowling all-rounders Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are not in the same league, and Jadeja is just a better option for the team.
Axar Patel is often seen in India’s playing XI whenever Ravindra Jadeja is either resting or injured, recently; in the home T20I series Jadeja was rested, and Axar got the opportunity to showcase his skills, and he did an amazing job in the series and even won the ‘Player of the Match award in the third and last T20I against New Zealand at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Axar also made his debut in the home Test series against England in the absence of Jadeja and bagged 27 wickets in just 3 games.
Speaking on his YouTube video, Butt opined that Axar is extremely talented, but Jadeja is a better player in all three departments.
“Axar Patel is extremely talented, but Ravindra Jadeja is a complete player. Be it batting, bowling or fielding, he is an outstanding team man. So definitely when one player goes, his replacement comes,” Salman Butt said.
Butt also believes that Axar is talented and is the future of Indian cricket, but at the moment, Jadeja is Better.
“If you don’t have Jadeja, then you have Axar Patel, but at the moment, I don’t think Axar and Jadeja are in the same league. Axar is very talented and can take that place in the future, but Jadeja is the better option right now,” he asserted.
This Is Absolutely The Correct And Needed Approach – Salman Butt On Rahul Dravid’s Approach
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Butt also lauded India Head Coach Rahul Dravid and his approach in the recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand, where India thrashed the Black Caps by 3-0.
“It only reflects utmost clarity and humility. And very realistic and professional talk because India did win but the other team just came from a World Cup final and hence it is not easy to mentally prepare for another international series so fast. They (New Zealand) also lost the toss.
” When you play so much international cricket, there is a difference in intensity as well. So he did take all these factors into account when making that statement.
Yes, India tested their bench strength, there was a new captain, new coach and they managed to win. But he is keeping them in line for the hunt. The actual target is the next target which will be in the next 10 months. So this is absolutely the correct and needed approach,” Butt further added.
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