In-form Butt takes cue from Yuvraj's batting

Updated: 21 December 2008 11:37 IST

Crediting Yuvraj Singh for revival of his career, Pakistan opener Salman Butt said that he had watched the left-hander play to finetune his own game.

In-form Butt takes cue from Yuvraj's batting

Karachi:

Crediting Yuvraj Singh for revival of his career, Pakistan opener Salman Butt said that he had watched the left-hander play to finetune his own game and bounce back to form.

Butt who has recently struck a golden patch and is in prolific form in the ongoing Pentangular one-day tournament said he had improved his batting by watching Yuvraj.

"I was having problems with my batting. But I had been watching Yuvraj's batting and when India toured Pakistan for the Asia Cup this year I watched him play up close," Butt said.

"I saw the way he was handling things as he is also a left hander and it helped me a lot," he added.

Butt, 24, who has played 19 Tests and 60 one-dayers said he had been looking forward to a good series against India.

"But they are not coming so it is Sri Lanka now. But definitely India is the team to beat these days.

"I think India's success has a lot to do with their strong batting that revolves around Sachin Tendulkar. India today has one of the most experienced and strongest batting line-ups in international cricket," said Butt, who scored five of his six one-day hundreds against India.

"Their batting is very solid and Tendulkar inspires the rest of the batsmen. That is the secret to their success. It would have been a very good series against them," he added.

Butt is now expecting a close contest against Sri Lanka in the coming Test series and hopes to continue his good form.

Butt said since Pakistan was not getting enough international exposure it was up to the players to keep themselves mentally and physically ready for competition.

"The players have to take whatever opportunity comes their way to play cricket and it is good we are busy with our domestic cricket at the moment," Butt said.



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