England vs India: Jos Buttler hails Virat Kohli and reveals the learning he has garnered from the IPL

England vs India: Jos Buttler hails Virat Kohli and reveals the learning he has garnered from the IPL

He also made his return to Test cricket against Pakistan after a gap of one and a half years.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler of England bats. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England and India are set to take part in a five-match Test series, starting August 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The T20I series was won by Virat Kohli’s men after which the Brits won the ODI series. The five-day fixtures are expected to be a different ballgame altogether, however, the contests won’t be short of excitement. The home team would be pinning hopes on a few key players, Jos Buttler is one of them.

Buttler has been in prime form of late, especially in the limited-overs formats. He piled on runs for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL and then carried over the form in international cricket having played a few match-winning knocks. Moreover, he also made his return to Test cricket after a gap of one and a half years against Pakistan. He scored half-centuries at Lord’s and Headingley respectively to justify his selection.

Virat Kohli is an immensely talented guy

He was also included in the squad for the first Test against India. Recently, the wicketkeeper-batsman from Somerset mentioned that rubbing shoulders with the players in the IPL has helped him immensely. The 27-year-old also heaped praises on Virat Kohli for the approach he employs on the cricket pitch. He also appreciated Virat and the other top players for their hunger to succeed.

“Someone like Virat Kohli is an immensely talented guy but also watching him go about it you see that mentality of getting to the top. They seem to make the right decision a lot of the time. That is a skill. The hunger to do it day in day out…that hunger really shines through in those top players,” Buttler was quoted as saying by in an event staged by Specsavers, the sponsors of the Test series.

“The biggest thing I have learnt from the IPL is that it’s obvious what the best players do and why they are the best players and standouts. They just have a different mentality, a winning mentality in every game and the consistency to do that. I feel like I have learnt a hell of lot from watching guys train and go about their practice, ways they react to certain pressure moments in a game as well,” he added.

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