Jos Buttler Saw Shades Of MS Dhoni In Sam Curran's 95 Not Out
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Jos Buttler Saw Shades Of MS Dhoni In Sam Curran’s 95 Not Out

Sam Curran for CSK (Photo: Twitter/@IPL)
Sam Curran for CSK (Photo: Twitter/@IPL)

Jos Buttler saw shades of the ”great finisher” MS Dhoni in Sam Curran’s valiant knock on Sunday as the young all-rounder finished with 95 not out with England falling agonizingly short of the winning total by 7 runs.

England stand-in captain Jos Buttler said that Sam Curran had shades of former India captain MS Dhoni in his valiant knock of 95 runs against India in the series-deciding 3rd ODI on Sunday in Pune. All-rounder Sam Curran waged a lone battle in the end but it was not enough as India restricted England to 322 in 50 overs.

 Sam Curran scored an unbeaten 95 in the series finale vs India on Sunday (Reuters Image)
Sam Curran scored an unbeaten 95 in the series finale vs India on Sunday (Reuters Image)

Jos Buttler Believes Sam Curran Would Want To Talk To MS Dhoni About His 95*

The defeat in the 3rd ODI not only denied England a first ODI series win in India in 36 years but also means they end the tour without winning in any of the three formats, having lost the Tests 3-1 and T20s 3-2. With all eyes will now be on the IPL beginning on April 9, Jos Buttler believes Sam Curran, who is in the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, will have a great opportunity to talk to the former India captain.

“I’m sure Sam would want to talk to MS about tonight’s innings,” Jos Buttler said at the virtual post-match news conference.

Jos Buttler. Picture Source: Getty Images
Jos Buttler. Picture Source: Getty Images

England fell short of the 330 run target by only 7 runs. It looked as if England would have lost the game by a bigger margin but Sam Curran and the tailenders denied the inevitable as they combined forces to cross the 300 run mark hurdle despite being placed at one stage at 200/7 in the 31st over. The 8th wicket partnership was worth 57 runs while the 9th wicket partnership was worth 60 runs.

Jos Buttler: There Were Shades Of The Way That MS Dhoni Would Have Liked To Take The Game Down If He Was In The Same Situation

MS Dhoni retired as the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy). MS Dhoni who continued to play for Chennai Super Kings in IPL scored exactly 200 runs in 14 matches at a below-par average of 25 in IPL 2020. CSK finished 7th as the franchise couldn’t qualify for playoffs for 1st time.

“I’m sure there were shades of the way that he (MS Dhoni) would have liked to take the game down if he was in that situation. He’s a great person for Sam to have a conversation with when he meets up MS (in the IPL).”

England all-rounder Moeen Ali will also play for CSK in the IPL.

“We know what an amazing cricketer, finisher MS Dhoni is. A brilliant learning curve for all our players to share dressing rooms with guys like MS stature in the game. I’m very excited for them.”

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

The world champions had chased down 337 in 43.3 overs in the second ODI and Jos Buttler said 330-target was a manageable score but they never had any partnership going.

“We were happy to chase that score. We thought that was a manageable score, but we lost wickets at regular intervals and never got those partnerships together. Never thought run-rate would be a big issue but we lost wickets,” Buttler said.

“Small, small things could have done better. I think with the ball we were not quite as disciplined as we have been early on. We gave them a few too many easy boundary balls. They didn’t have to work too hard for those boundaries, but then we pegged back pretty well with spinners picking up those wickets,” he added.

India scored 329 with Shikhar Dhawan scoring 67, Rishabh Pant scoring 78, and Hardik Pandya scoring 64. Mark Wood picked 3 scalps. In reply, England scored 322/9 with Dawid Malan scoring run a ball 50. But it was Sam Curran, who kept England in the game by scoring an unbeaten 95 batting at No. 8 off 83 balls including 9 fours and 3 sixes. Shardul Thakur picked 4 scalps while Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked 3.