After India winning the Melbourne Test and retaining the Border Gavaskar Trophy in the process, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had emphasized on the importance of first class cricket in India, and how the domestic circuit has assisted his side to be a dominant force to be reckoned with across all three formats of the game.
In the post match conference of the Boxing Day Test, India’s front line pacer – Jasprit Bumrah who was adjourned the ‘Player of the match’ award after scalping 9 wickets at the MCG, also thanked domestic cricket for making him adapt to bowling the longer spells which has in fact paid dividends for him while playing for the nation.
Former Pakistani opener - Salman Butt, who is awaiting his opportunity to make a comeback for his country, has hailed India’s domestic circuit and has ensured complete support towards Kohli’s statement while slamming Pakistani players in the process for being one dimensional and overlooking First Class cricket, after a rise of the T20 mentality in youngsters.
“Look when India won the recent Test against Australia, Virat Kohli credited India’s domestic cricket for the success in bowling and batting. India is doing well because their players are only allowed to play in the IPL T20 cricket and have to play Ranji Trophy unlike us where most players tend to avoid four-day domestic cricket,” Butt was quoted saying.
“Look most of them (Pakistani players) have not even played 50 first class games. Not many of them have spent time in domestic four-day cricket. Worse they have played all their cricket mostly in UAE conditions,” the 34-year-old added.
Pakistan are currently competing against South Africa in a Test series away from home, where the visitors have started in an un-ideal fashion, after a 6 wickets defeat by the Protease. The second Test between the two nations will commence on the same date as the Australia-India Test in Sydney, which begins January 3-2019.
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