Jos Buttler scored 69 runs off 47 balls in the first T20I against India at Manchester, Old Trafford. But his effort could not hand England the required win. He said that he was not worried much about the eight-wicket defeat against the visitors. He expressed his views about his and his team’s efforts and performance in the series against India. Here are some of his views.
He said “It’s one game. It’s T20,”
“We are confident. We will stick to what has served us well, stay true to ourselves and come back hard at them in the next game.”
“India are and always are an amazing cricketing nation,”
“They always pose different threats and a different style too, say, Australia, so it will be a really good challenge. This is why you play, to take on the best.
“India is a huge cricketing nation with fanatical support. Being a diverse country, we have a lot of Indian supporters and it makes for a great atmosphere. We just have to accept that, and they get that support everywhere in the world.” He added.
Buttler said that India is a tougher team and that he did not regret getting beaten by the visitors after a memorable victory against Australia in the 5 ODI series in the recent past.
He is the highest scorer in the first T20I and he slammed 69 in this game which is his eighth T20I fifty as an opener. He admitted that opening position is the most comfortable position for him though he is willing to bat at any place in the line-up. Though the captain Eoin Morgan said that he would like to experiment with the batting order in this series, he is not ready to move Buttler from the top order.
In this context, Buttler said “It’s a fantastic place to bat,”
“It’s been another good challenge for me in my career and refreshing. Whether that’s me opening forever, I don’t know, I’d hope to retain the flexibility. But I do think it’s the best place to bat. But it comes down to the makeup of the team.”
“It’s about accessing the mental side of the game and that’s been pleasing, to work out good routines and staying in the moment in games,” he said about improvements in his consistency and mental balance in cricket.
About his efforts for improvement, he said that he has drawn a plan on workouts and practice. He said “You see guys around the world doing that and it’s been a case of trying to work out how they do that,”
“But it’s your own mindfulness as well. When I was younger I didn’t pay much attention to that or trust it enough, it was all about technique in practice. Being calm is allowing me to make good decisions, which is pleasing.”
Speaking about the performances of the English team and Kuldeep Yadav, who troubled their batting order by his 5/24 in the first game, he said “It’s very rare and he’s a very good bowler,”
“It’s now down to the guys to gain an understanding. You see it a lot in international cricket that guys burst onto the scene and then people get a handle on them.
“It’s getting used to the angle [because] wrist-spin is usually right-arm. He’s a good bowler and as we have seen, wrist spinners have been a big weapon in T20. We know we are a lot better than we showed during that little phase of the game. We just didn’t manage to capitalize on the start.”
Eventually, he was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav in the first game.