IND vs NZ: "New Zealand Got An Opposition That Is Assured And Clear In Its Thinking"- Salman Butt Lauds Team India

Published - 02 Feb 2023, 02:19 PM

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The third and final T20I of the series between Team India and New Zealand was won by an astonishing 168 runs, giving Team India a 2-1 triumph. The team scored a whopping 234/4 thanks to Shubman Gill’s outstanding 126 not out; the Indian bowlers then tore through the opponents’ batting order, dismissing New Zealand for only 66. The best bowler was Hardik Pandya, who had stellar stats of 4/16 in four overs.

In the ODI series against India, New Zealand had previously suffered a 0-3 clean sweep loss; strangely, the team had gone to India with the trajectory on its side after the Kiwis had beaten Babar Azam’s team 2-1 in the ODIs.

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Salman Butt Feels New Zealand Faced A Far Superior Opposition In India

Despite the absence of the team’s star batsman Kane Williamson from the tour group, Salman Butt, a former Pakistan captain, thinks the Kiwis faced a more difficult opponent in the men in blue.

The reporter asked Salman Butt, ‘Pakistan se ye New Zealand ki team kaabu nahi aa rahi thi, but India me jaakar inko nakaami ka saamna karna pada. Kya New Zealand ko Pakistan se beheter opposition mili? (Pakistan couldn’t beat New Zealand at home, but the Kiwis lost to India. Did they find a better opposition there?)”; The former captain of Pakistan responded by saying that India’s strategy was “assured and clear.”

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“New Zealand got an opposition that is assured and clear in its thinking. Their pool of players is big and they have exposure in international cricket, whether it be the ‘A’ team or first-class cricket. In every game, they have got more exposure,” Butt said on his official YouTube channel.

There Was No Clarity Of Thought In Pakistan Team: Salman Butt

The former Pakistani captain said that Babar and company made choices out of fear that contributed to their demise during the home season.

“The way Pakistan played their home season, there was no clarity of thought. You could see the fear in their decisions. When you play with the fear of failure, you will never get the dsired results and Pakistan’s home season season was the proof of that. There was fear, and all the decisions were made solely in fear,” said Salman Butt.

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“Here, they were clear about who will play, at what number the will play. It was just another level of clarity in India. England play so aggressively, there was no confusion there.”

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