England explosive wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has rated the Indian Premier League as the best tournament after World Cup. Buttler believes the IPL has helped England players take giant strides in the cricket world. The right-hander, who represents Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, added he is desperate to play in the glamorous Twenty20 league.
Meanwhile, Jos Buttler has often given credit to the IPL for his improvement as a player. Buttler has been a consistent performer in the cash-rich league and his pyrotechnics are well known. The right-hander has the skills to hit the ground running and he can turn the match on its head. The talisman can get quick runs and he is Rajasthan Royals’ main batsman.
Jos Buttler has grown in confidence after playing IPL.
The combative right-hander has scored 1386 runs in 45 IPL matches at an impressive average of 35.54 and a blistering strike rate of 150.82. Buttler had made his IPL debut back in 2016 and since then many English players have followed his IPL footsteps.
Buttler added that the IPL has helped England cricket grow in the recent past.
“There’s no doubt that it (IPL) has helped English cricket grow and the numbers of players who were involved in the last few years,” Buttler said in the BBC Podcast ‘The Doosra’.
“It was something I was desperate to play. For me it’s the best tournament in the world, taking out the World Cups,” he added.
On the other hand, Buttler believes that IPL gives an opportunity to play against the best in the business. The players of different teams play together and it has done a world of good to the game. The players now know better about the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses because of the IPL.
Jos Buttler has done a fine job for Rajasthan Royals.
“Some of the match ups you get to see in the IPL are great. Bangalore has been amongst the top three teams with (Virat) Kohli, AB (de Villiers) and (Chris) Gayle coming up and then to see them up against a (Jasprit) Bumrah or a Dale Steyn or (Lasith) Malinga.
“As a kid growing up that is what you want to play — fantasy cricket. Mix all the teams together what it will be like if Kohli and de Villiers play together,” he added.
Meanwhile, the IPL was to begin from March 29 but it was postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus. As per the latest reports, the IPL is set to replace T20 Wold Cup in October-November. Most likely, the tournament will be played behind closed doors.