T20 specialists have flair but Test player win matches for their teams: Salman Butt

T20 specialists have flair but Test player win matches for their teams: Salman Butt

Butt highlighted how the current top T20I players are all high-quality Test batters.

Salman Butt
Salman Butt of Pakistan. (Photo Source: YouTube)

Former Pakistan batter Salman Butt has shed light on the importance of Test cricket and how success in the longest format remains of paramount importance. He highlighted how the current top T20I players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Babar Azam are all high-quality Test batters.

“The current top-class batsmen in T20I cricket include Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, is number one in the world, Kane Williamson is there and Steve Smith. They all are big Test cricketers. Neither Glenn Maxwell has huge T20 performance nor David Miller or any other T20 specialists. Yes, they are also successful (Maxwell and Miller) but the batsmen who established themselves in Test cricket are more successful. Technically sound players have more options to work securely,” said Salman Butt in an interview with Cricwick.

Test players operate very smoothly: Salman Butt

Butt reckoned that the short-format specialists might look better due to their ability to take risks, but it is the players who reap success in the longest format who end up being a match-winner for their teams more often than not. He highlighted how Test batter operates “very smoothly and comfortably win matches for their teams.”

“On the other hand, T20 specialists have more flair and they play more risk-taking cricket which often leaves you dazzled but Test-format established players operate very smoothly and comfortably win matches for their teams.”

He also pointed out how former West Indies greet was a batter ahead of his time. He “It depends on how you perceive technical aspects. Viv Richards said there is no one way to define success. When (Viv Richards) used to play, teams scored like 200 and that was considered a winning total. Viv Richards used to score like 190 on us own,” said Salman Butt.

Butt represented Pakistan in 33 Tests, 78 ODIs and 24 T20Is, amassing 1889, 2725 and 595 runs, respectively in a career spanning across seven years, from 2003 to 2010. He was found guilty of match-fixing and accepting corrupt payments, which led to an irrecoverable downfall in his career. He has now chartered into the territory of cricket broadcasting.