After Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt has also shown his form and fitness. Asif took wickets with the ball for WAPDA. Now we have Salman Butt smoking runs with the bat. He has scored a hundred in the final of the Quaid E Azam trophy 2016.
Salman Butt who came to his natural batting position as the opener for WAPDA was absolutely brilliant. It seems that he and Asif have read the overall cricket scenario these days in Pakistan. They are performing in almost each game and voices are raising for them as well. HBL were in complete shambles yesterday as Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Irfan rattled the top batting order of the side. At one stage HBL were 6 wickets down for just 21 runs on board. From there the fight back started.
Ramiz played well and he got a good hand from Abdul Rahman. Ramiz scored 90 runs while Rahman scored a fifty. If these two were not there even 100 was looking to be a difficult sore to reach for the HBL side. Asif was majestic with the ball.
Salman Butt came to bat and he had a plan in his mind. He did not fancy anything. It was a proper cricket innings which Salman constructed with first leaving most of the balls outside the off stump. He guarded that pretty well at the start. There was pace and swing which Salman had to counter and he did that job with a proper focus. Salman once got settled at the crease that was the time when he started hitting the ball in the gaps. There were a lot of tickles and nudges as well.
Salman has hit 18 boundaries so far. Not only is this but there an abundance of singles and doubles in his innings. This shows that he knew what he has to do in order to hit a big innings. His innings was a lucrative one when it comes to playing decent shots.
Salman Butt has now become a strong contender for the opening slot in Pakistan team batting line. If the current lot of openers did not perform well enough in the upcoming series and cricketing events then surely Salman is coming back in the side. The selectors are already under pressure as Salman is performing and still he has not been taken in the team. So is the case with Asif, but his problem is that he just cannot keep his mouth close.