Former Indian cricketer Rohan Gavaskar has opined that England batsman Jos Buttler is a quality player but it is wrong to label him as England’s best player ever in limited-overs cricket. The 30-year-old England wicket-keeper batsman has been an indispensable part of the Three Lions team. He is a hard hitter and has had huge success in the shorter formats of cricket.
He has an exceptional record while opening, he averages 51 and scores at a strike rate of 157.73 for England in T20Is. Buttler is currently playing a white ball series for England against Australia and will be seen in action for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020 next week. He made his move to the Rajasthan-based franchise in 2018.
Rohan Gavaskar feels the GOAT tag isn’t yet justified for Jos Buttler
Last week, England pacer Stuart Broad referred to Jos Buttler as England’s best-ever white-ball cricketer and former Indian cricketer Rohan Gavaskar begs to differ from the statement. He feels the GOAT status for Buttler is not justified as England have produced many legends in the past.
Gavaskar also made comparisons to David Warner, Rohit Sharma and Aaron Finch and said that Buttler has still a long way to go even to reach their numbers and consistency.
“We tend to sort give these greatest of all time tags quite often, Messi is the GOAT, Pele is the GOAT, Maradona is the GOAT. I think it’s wrong to put someone and say he’s (Buttler) the best white-ball cricketer they’ve had. There have been some fantastic cricketers that England have produced even in the 70s and 80s.
“He’s a quality player, there’s no doubt about it but to rank him? I don’t like doing that. You should just sit back and enjoy whatever he’s doing on the cricket field, enjoy his skills, enjoy his strokes, enjoy the entertainment that he gives us,” Gavaskar told Hindustan Times.
“If you look at someone like Warner, Rohit, or even Finch, they’ve unbelievable numbers. And Buttler will be up there but these guys have been doing it for a lot longer at the top of the order. Buttler has just started to open. This is not to take anything away from him, I think he’s a fantastic cricketer,” Gavaskar added.
He’s got enormous skills in white-ball cricket: Rohan Gavaskar on Jos Buttler
Gavaskar feels England should give be quick to rotate their opening spot in white-ball cricket with the amazing options they have in hand. He mentioned Jonny Bairstow being out of form lately and Jason Roy not being in his best form since returning from the injury. Rohan Gavaskar feels Jos Buttler has got everything in his bag to help his team.
“I don’t think it’s a question of experimenting now, it’s a horses for courses situation. Jonny Bairstow hasn’t been in great form of late. He played a decent inning in an ODI. Jason Roy hasn’t looked that great after the injury.
“England have three very good options in Buttler, Bairstow and Roy to open for them in white-ball cricket. If one of them is out of form the other slots in, it’s a good headache to have,” Rohan Gavaskar.
“Buttler has the clarity of thought. He’s got a very clear game plan in his head. He knows exactly how he’s going to approach his innings. He knows whether to go from ball one or to build an innings gradually after assessing the pitch.
“And obviously, he’s got the skillset, you can have as good a game plan or a clear head but if you don’t have the skillset to back it up, it’s of no use. He’s got enormous skills in white-ball cricket. He’s got a wide range of strokes, he’s innovative,” he added.
Buttler will travel to UAE on 17th of September to join with his Rajasthan Royals squad. RR will play their opening game against CSK on 23rd of September.