'If Inzy bhai even had 50 percent of today's fitness standards...': Ex-PAK captain's colossal reaction to Sehwag's claim

Jun 04, 2023 03:13 PM IST

The former Pakistan captain spoke about Inzamam's fitness, following Virender Sehwag's sensational remark on the Pakistan great.

Earlier this week, former India opener Virender Sehwag called Inzamam-ul-Haq – the former Pakistan captain – as the best middle-order batter to come out of Asia. Sehwag said that while Sachin Tendulkar was "above the league," and can't be comparable, among the rest, Inzamam comes across as the "most superior batsman" across India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. The former Pakistan batter has scored over 11,000 runs in ODIs (11,739), and has an average of nearly 50 (49.33) in the longest format, representing the national team in 120 Tests.

File image of Inzamam-ul-Haq(Getty Images)
File image of Inzamam-ul-Haq(Getty Images)

Now, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt – who has played under Inzamam – spoke in detail about Sehwag's statement. Agreeing to the former India opener's remark, Butt said that it always looked Inzamam had a “lot of time” on his hands when he used to take on the bowlers.

We're now on WhatsApp. Click to join.

Also read: ‘Virat always tries to be the man…’: Aussie all-rounder remains unfazed with Kohli threat in WTC final

“Without doubt, Inzy bhai was one of the best players to have played cricket for Pakistan. He had a lot of time to play a shot. He made facing the bowlers too easy, almost as if he knew where the ball would come. It doesn't matter who fast the bowler is,” Butt said on his official YouTube channel.

“If Inzy bhai had even 50 percent of today's fitness standards, he would've scored 60-70 centuries in international cricket quite easily. His output wasn't as big as the player he was, and I think even he would agree that he could've delivered better performance,” Butt further added.

Inzamam ended his career with 25 centuries in Tests and 10 in ODIs, but scored a mammoth 83 half-centuries in the fifty-over format. A key member of Pakistan's 1992 World Cup-winning squad, Inzamam retired from international cricket in 2007 and has since been involved in various roles in Pakistan cricketing setup. He was the national team's chief selector between 2016-2019, and is currently the president of Pakistan Super League side Peshawar Zalmi.

Exciting news! Mint is now on WhatsApp Channels Subscribe today by clicking the link and stay updated with the latest financial insights! Click here!
Exciting news! Hindustan Times is now on WhatsApp Channels Subscribe today by clicking the link and stay updated with the latest news!" Click here!
Catch all the Latest World Cup news and Live score along with World Cup Schedule and Asian Games 2023 related updates on Hindustan Times Website and APPs

    At HT Sports Desk, passionate reporters work round the clock to provide detailed updates from the world of sports. Expect nuanced match reports, previews,reviews, technical analysis based on statistics, the latest social media trends, expert opinions on cricket, football, tennis, badminton, hockey,motorsports, wrestling, boxing, shooting, athletics and much more.

Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals