Eng vs Ind 2018: Test Century is the Proudest Moment of My Career – Jos Buttler
England combative batsman Jos Buttler said his maiden Test century is the proudest moment of his career. Buttler was able to come up roses when he scored his first Test hundred against India in the third Test match at Trent Bridge.
In fact, six months ago, Buttler was not even in contention to play in the red ball version for England. However, a successful IPL season made England selectors go for him in the series against Pakistan. Buttler was able to grasp his opportunity as he scored a match-winning 80 in the second Test match against Pakistan to level the series.
Once again, Buttler had an opportunity to show his worth. England had their backs against the wall when they lost quick four wickets in the opening session. Thus, Buttler was able to show the stomach for a fight as he scored a fine knock. Buttler said it was really satisfying for him.
“It’s really satisfying. It has been a long time coming,” said Buttler. “And it was, a few months ago, a million miles away so it’s a huge moment for me. I don’t think I can underestimate that feeling. I’m obviously personally delighted. A little bit lost for words but delighted”.
Buttler went on to add that it was nice to prove his mettle to show he belongs at the topmost level of the game. In fact, Buttler was not even sure if he will ever return to the longest format of the game.
“I think definitely to prove you can do it in the middle, that’s a huge part of the feeling of it. Not just for yourself or anyone else, but to show you can do it for your team as well is maybe the biggest thing. And to feel like you’ve done something for the team and you hopefully belong. But it’s more about backing it up and doing it again because it’s not easy.
“I was never sure if I’d ever play Test cricket again. All those thoughts go through your head while you’re out there as well and you start to get close and you’re trying to concentrate on the ball. I never thought this would happen so to try to make sure it does. Definitely, times when I thought that race was run.”
England pugnacious batsman Jos Buttler said Test Cricket is the toughest form of the game. Buttler said it is the proudest moment for him in an England shirt.
“A lot more fulfilment probably. It’s just been a longer time coming I think,” said Buttler. “A hundred in any red-ball game – I think it’s the first one I’ve scored for five years probably – so it’s definitely a big moment for me and it means a lot and it just proves to me I can do it and the hunger to go and do it again. I’ve definitely remembered how hard Test cricket is having come back into it. It’s really tough. It’s tough cricket, it tests you in all sorts of ways and yeah, it’s definitely the proudest moment in an England shirt.”
Jos Buttler has been able to show that he can do well in the red ball version. In fact, Buttler pyrotechnics are well known and he had to bat out of his character to bring out his best in the longest format.
Meanwhile, India is on the cusp of victory as they are one wicket away from making it 2-1.
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