Jos Buttler Reveals Why He Was Fearing To Lose The 2019 Cricket World Cup Final
English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has recently revealed that if they lost the thrilling final match of 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, he wouldn’t have known if he could continue his cricket or not.
On 14th July, the hosts England played the 2019 CWC final against New Zealand at Lord’s (London). It was a thrilling final match where the scoreboard failed to separate the winning side even after the Super Over.
In the main game, New Zealand scored 241/8 (50 overs) while England were all out on 241 runs (50 overs). Later, England scored 15/0 in the Super Over while New Zealand replied with 15/1. Finally, England won that final match in the boundary counts as England managed to hit higher boundaries in that match. By winning that final, England won the 2019 CWC trophy which was also their maiden Cricket World Cup trophy.
If we lost, I didn’t know how I’d play cricket again – Jos Buttler
It was a thrilling match till the last moment. Recently, Jos Buttler has revealed that if they lost that final, he wouldn’t have any further motivation to play cricket.
Buttler told The Daily Mail, “What was scaring me was if we lost, I didn’t know how I’d play cricket again. This was such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a World Cup final at Lord’s. It felt like destiny and I was thinking: If it doesn’t happen, I will have no motivation to pick up a cricket bat for a very long time.”
The English wicketkeeper had the same anxiety during the round-robin stage
Ahead of that 2019 CWC final, Jos Buttler faced the same anxiety situation during the round-robin stage of this tournament. England struggled in that round-robin stage as they managed to earn 12 points after winning six matches and losing three games. The hosts England qualified for the semi-final after finishing in the third position in the points table.
However, ahead of their round-robin stage game against India, England were in danger to face the early elimination. Buttler feared to hear the chokers tag again.
He added, “Before the India game, I was struggling with coming to terms with the prospect of us getting knocked out. We’d been favourites, so highly fancied by everyone, and there was the danger that four years of playing such good cricket was going to come to nothing. Think about what people will say about us as a team, think about how they will call us chokers, everything else they will say. I remember seeing a comment — maybe it was the one that got Jonny Bairstow wound up — about how it would be the biggest failure because of how much had gone into this World Cup. I was struggling with the thought of that.”
Jos Buttler spoke with the psychologist during the World Cup
England’s team psychologist David Young helped Jos Buttler to fight against the anxiety. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman always feared to face that defeat.
Buttler said, “When I was talking to David, I knew the answers. I knew all I could look after was the stuff I could look after, and I needed to get into my zone, which allows me to perform the best I can. But what happens if it goes wrong?”
In the 2019 CWC, Jos Buttler scored 312 runs in nine innings with an average of 34.66. The right-handed batsman middle-order batsman hit one century and two half-centuries in that tournament. He scored 103 runs against Pakistan in the round-robin stage.
In the 2019 CWC final, when England were struggling on 86/4, Buttler played a crucial innings of 59 runs. He hit six fours in that crucial 60 balls innings.
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