Jos Buttler. Perhaps the single biggest topic of conversation in world cricket right now.
It takes something special for a Twitter poll (yes, even if it is Michael Vaughan) that even suggests that someone could be better than India’s MS Dhoni. But, that’s just how far Jos Buttler has come. He’s a special cricketer.
Softly spoken, but incredibly damaging
Jos Buttler is the perfect example of a cricketer letting his bat do the talking. Possessing an amazing eye, he is England’s version to AB de Villiers, a complete 360 degree player whom you can’t rest up against.
Australia is crying out for a world class keeper-batsman in limited overs cricket, and we would love to have Buttler in our ranks. He has three of England’s top four fastest ODI hundreds to his name, and in the form he’s in, there is no limit to what he can achieve.
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Jos Buttler was England’s light at the end of a dark tunnel
England’s disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign had a shining light. In their disappointing exit to Bangladesh in Adelaide, England rightly realised they had a player who could be the centre of a limited overs transformation.
With teammates falling around him on England’s dark day in Adelaide, Jos Buttler hit 65 off 52 balls in a pressure situation, and nearly got England home. What he did do, though, was get England out of a 1990s style of ODI cricket. Since then, he has only gone from strength to strength, now boasting an ODI record that contains 3,091 runs at 40, with an incredible strike rate of 117.52.
Watch out India, he’s unstoppable at the moment
India will certainly be a greater challenge to England than Australia were. However, one man they must stop is Jos Buttler.
Since Buttler was promoted to the top of the order for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2018, he has overcome just about everything put in front of him. His last 15 innings makes for amazing reading:
- T20s: 67, 51, 82, 95*, 94*, 39, 61
- ODIs: 9, 91*, 11, 54*, 110*
- Tests: 14, 67, 80*
Buttler, along with the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan makes us all even more excited for one of the most exciting bilateral limited overs series in recent times.
As an Australian, I’m just in awe watching Buttler go about his business. As an Australian, I’m happy our team no longer has to deal with him… For now. I have no trouble whatsoever with anyone arguing he’s the best wicket-keeper batsman in the world right now.
He’s certainly the best finisher. India, over to you.
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