Rohit Sharma was the choice of the Indian batsmen in the ICC World Test final against a high quality needle bowling attack from New Zealand on what Salman Butt has considered one of the toughest places in Test cricket over the past few years.
Sharma may not have half a century in both innings, but he looks compact against the moving ball.
He used the age-old mantra of batting in English conditions when he watched the ball early and played as late as possible.
Just like the Australian tour where Rohit Sharma regularly gave good starts without turning it into a big beat like in white ball cricket, this was also the case in the WTC final as he was dismissed for 34  and 30  in both turns.
However, Salman Butt reckons Rohit Sharma is too good a player to keep making the same mistakes and a big score is around the corner for the ‘Hitman’.
“I believe he did pretty well. In Australia, he gave a decent start. He’s a free-flowing stroke player, so his turn gives you an early advantage. He is not a victim who can always come out, but very compact. If you see there was so much swing [in the WTC final], he was not fired early and gave a decent start … If you go through all the Test cricket of the past few years, it was the hardest place to bat … everything was tailor-made for fast bowlers. And he looked very compact in it, ” Salman Butt said of Cricket Baaz with Waheed Khan.
‘Everyone knows about his reputation and achievements, he is a direct winner. I think he has enough experience not to make childish mistakes or say he can not fulfill his role because he is used to something else. He is so experienced all over the world … I do not think he will have any problem adjusting, ”he added.
With Shubman Gill likely to miss the start of the English Test series due to an internal injury, Salman Butt said such a thing would definitely affect a team during an overseas tour, but with the number of reservations Team India has at its disposal the former Pakistan captain believes it will not be a major problem for the unity of Virat Kohli.
“Such an issue with a fixed starting pair definitely affects the team. But their player pool is big, so I do not think it will be a big concern for them. The kind of players who play two teams in two different countries, I don’t think it’s a big problem, “added Salman Butt.