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WTC Final: Starc can make things difficult for Rohit and Gill, says Salman Butt

By India Today Sports Desk: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has said that Australia pacer Mitchell Starc could make things difficult for India openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. India is set to face Australia in the final of the World Test Championship at the Kennington Oval on June 7.

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Speaking on his Youtube channel, Butt said Starc could trouble the India opening duo of Rohit and Gill but warned that the Indian openers could put Australia under pressure if they get set. Starc has picked 306 wickets in 77 Test matches for Australia.

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“If Mitchell Starc gets it right, he can surely make things difficult for Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. He has a very good inswinger and bowls at a good pace. We have seen that Rohit Sharma is vulnerable against left-armers. However, if those two get set, they can put Australian bowlers under pressure,” said Butt.

He went on to say that India has the stronger batting line-up between the two sides, insisting that the conditions at the Oval will suit the batters. India has brought in Ajinkya Rahane in the side after a stint outside the Test setup, and is expected to start in the WTC Final against Australia.

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“India has a stronger batting lineup out of the two teams. Also, the conditions that you would get at The Oval won't be the typical English conditions. It isn't similar to Lords or Leeds where the ball tends to swing a lot for the first couple of hours. The Oval offers pace and bounce which makes shot-making easier,” Butt added.

Butt said Rohit is a very big player for India but still gets stuck at times, adding that the best of batters have gone through this. India came second in the WTC points table, picking up 127 points from 18 matches, while Australia finished as table-toppers, amassing 152 points in 19 games.

“Rohit Sharma plays with a lot of freedom in T20s. He maybe gets stuck in a certain sort of environment due to a cluttered mindset. He is a very big player but still gets stuck at times. However, it can happen to any player and some of the best batters have also gone through this,” said Butt.

India have a chance to lift their first ICC trophy in almost 10 years when they face Australia in the WTC Final in London.

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