India can give Suryakumar Yadav a chance in place of Cheteshwar Pujara: Salman Butt

Written by Abhishek Patil

Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has urged the Indian team management to give one more chance to out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara in the ongoing series against England.

Pujara is averaging just over 27 in Tests this year and has flopped in both innings he has played so far in England. The Indian team combination might change in the third Test if Pujara doesn’t get back among the runs in India’s second innings at Lord’s.

“Pujara is struggling. The conditions are also tough. If India want, they can give Suryakumar Yadav a chance. It all depends on what Virat Kohli thinks, what the coach thinks,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.

“As of now, three innings have been played. I feel it is too early to bring in a youngster in such testing conditions.

“It will be a really tough task for him. Pujara, on the other hand, is dependable and he has performed before in these conditions. He has failed so far but let’s give him one more Test,” he said.

Butt also said that it won’t be easy for any young player to come in and face the likes of James Anderson in English conditions.

“For any youngster coming one-down, facing James Anderson and the other bowlers England have a very good attack and the conditions are quite difficult. Look at the England players. Playing at home, the top three are hardly able to do anything substantial,” Butt said.

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