Jos Buttler Opens Up On MS Dhoni, IPL And 2011 World Cup Final

Jos Buttler Opens Up On MS Dhoni, IPL And 2011 World Cup Final

Jos Buttler, MS Dhoni
Jos Buttler and MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jos Buttler, England wicket-keeper batsman, is unarguably one of the finest wicket-keeper batsmen in limited-overs cricket at present. Jos Buttler has done both jobs of opening the batting of Rajasthan and the role of finisher incredibly well in his illustrious career.

He has learned the trade of explosive batting as a finisher from none other than the legendary Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni, who remains an inspiration for several cricketers across the world.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Jos Buttler Likes MS Dhoni’s Calm Demeanor And Helicopter Shot

Jos Buttler have recently got a precious gift by MS Dhoni which is his No. 7 jersey during the match against Chennai Super Kings and he considers it one of the most prized memorabilia for his wardrobe. Speaking of his admiration for MS Dhoni in an interview with the Times of India, Jos Buttler highlighted one of those moments that made he fell in love with the player of MS Dhoni’s stature.

“I like his demeanour on the field. How cool and calm he is. I like his explosive batting, the helicopter shot. I always watched the IPL on TV. I remember some of the great innings he has played. One thing I really love is the 2011 World Cup final.”

MS Dhoni Hitting 6 To Win 2011 World Cup
MS Dhoni hitting a six to win 2011 World Cup. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“How he walked out to bat and said I am going to see this home. That was inspiring and the way he finished the game with a six. It always resonated with me,” Jos Buttler was quoted as saying.

The 2011 World Cup final arguably remains the biggest achievement in MS Dhoni’s career. The trophy-winning six or his decision to promote himself in the batting order as India won the World Cup after a hiatus of 28 years, and the epic cricket match holds a special place in India’s sporting history.

Jos Buttler: Price Tag Adds To Expectation In IPL

MS Dhoni has struggled for form this season in the IPL whereas Jos Buttler has produced a few match-winning performances for Rajasthan.

Speaking of the pressure of playing in the IPL which remains the most extravagant and lucrative T20 leagues in the world, Jos Buttler admitted that the price tag adds to the expectations of fans from a player. Jos Buttler batted at No. 5 as Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes opened for Rajasthan against Punjab.

Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals talks with Benjamin Stokes of Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals talks with Benjamin Stokes of Rajasthan Royals
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

“Price tag adds to the expectations. It’s another skill you have to learn. The best players can put that aside and focus on the ball coming to you. When Ben Stokes and me bat together, we are just concentrating on the ball. We don’t really think of outside expectations. I don’t try bat in one way and try playing the situation,” he asserted.

Jos Buttler remained unbeaten on 22 as Rajasthan Royals secured a seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the IPL on Friday to keep their playoffs hopes alive. In that match, compatriot Ben Stokes scored 50 and took 2 wickets as Rajasthan managed to reach the target of 186 despite Chris Gayle’s 99.

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