England’s limited overs wicket keeper Jos Buttler in a recent interview stated that playing in the IPL was a “fantastic” experience for him. Buttler, who represented the Mumbai Indians, had a moderately successful tournament as he played a few vital knocks for his side. Speaking on the sidelines of the Natwest T20 blast in England, Buttler spoke about the significance of playing in the IPL.
The destructive wicketkeeper batsman also heaped praises on former Australian skipper, and coach of the Mumbai Indians, Ricky Ponting for helping him develop his skills. Buttler said that working alongside Ponting helped him to sharpen his skills and was a valuable experience.
“The IPL was fantastic – everything you would hope and expect it to be and then more on top,” Buttler said. “The amount of talent in the dressing room, the coaches – I loved working with Ricky Ponting, such an impressive guy and with so much knowledge and passion for the game. “And the cricket is just brilliant. Going through that experience should really stand you in good stead for international cricket.”
“There was so much information, it was a honeypot of information, but the thing ‘’ve learned is it’s about how you use it. “It’s up to you to filter it so you don’t get confused. It reinforces that you are your own best coach and you have to look after yourself as a player. “Once I organise all those thoughts in my head and play well then I feel I can become a Test player,” Buttler added.
The wicketkeeper batsman however, said that he still aspired to succeed in test matches. “I feel like I’ve got all the attributes to play Test cricket and it’s now up to me to put them in order and understand the way I want to play and really commit to it and trust myself,” he said.
“I think through my one-day performances and potential I was picked to play Test cricket the first time. “Now I think it is down to myself to demand to play Tests through performance. “I want to be one of those players who, through performance, really bangs the door down and can’t be ignored.”
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