‘Some Indian players are overweight, look at their…’: Salman Butt questions Indian players fitness standard

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After the Men in Blue were hammered by Australia by 4 wickets in a high-scoring T20I encounter in Mohali on Tuesday (20 September) in Mohali, veteran Pakistani batsman Salman Butt threw a hard dig at the Indian squad due to the lack of fitness of some of the their players.

The Indian batters performed well, scoring 208 runs, but their poor bowling and fielding cost them a loss, as Australia won and took a 1-0 lead on Tuesday in the ongoing three-game T20I series against the Men in Blue.

After the match, the 37-year-old named Australia, England and South Africa the strongest team while comparing Team India to them and targeting the likes of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul for fitness.

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“Indian players are the highest paid cricketers in the world. They play the maximum number of matches. Tell me why aren’t they the strongest? If we compare their body structure, teams like South Africa, Australia and England are much better,” Salman Butt said on his YouTube channel.

“I would even say that some Asian teams are ahead of India. Some Indian players are overweight. I think they need to work on that because they are brilliant cricketers. I don’t know if others will talk about this, but in my opinion the condition of Team India not ideal Some experienced players are not at the level where they should be when it comes to fielding.

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Virat Kohli has set an example for others in fitness. Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya are so fit. They are in excellent shape, but there are players like Rohit Sharma, even KL Rahul looked lethargic today, you know, Rishabh Pant. When they get fit, they become more dangerous cricketers,” he continued.

After pacers like Harshal Patel conceded 49 runs in the first T20I against Australia, the former Pakistan captain was also unhappy that India was not using their best bowlers.

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“You have Mohammed Siraj, you have Umran Malik. Umesh Yadav bowled better too. The bowlers they’re counting on, I don’t think they’re reliable. Harshal Patel gave away 40. You are a fast bowler and your strength is a slower one. This is beyond my understanding,” Butt said.

India will face the Australians on September 23 in Nagpur for the second game of the series.

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