‘I’m a huge fan of his’ – Jos Buttler names ‘one of his favourite cricketers’
Buttler is set to ply his trade in the T20I and ODI series against South Africa.
Updated - Nov 17, 2020 10:04 am
Jos Buttler, the England wicketkeeper, has named South Africa’s Quinton de Kock as one of his favourite players in the world at the present point in time. Both the cricketers recently were a part of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While Buttler’s Rajasthan Royals finished at the bottom of the table, de Kock’s Mumbai Indians (MI) became the champions for the fifth time.
The duo is now set to lock horns when the Brits face the Proteas in the T20I and ODI series, starting November 27. Buttler, who himself is known as one of the best in the business, hailed Quinton as a player with a sharp cricketing brain.
He is a fantastic player, says Jos Buttler
“He is one of my favourite players in the world at the moment, and is brilliant with the bat and as a wicketkeeper,” Buttler was quoted as saying to the reporters on Monday, November 16, before leaving with the national team for Cape Town.
“I’m a huge fan of his. He is a fantastic player with an excellent cricket brain. I really enjoy how he views the game and looks to take it on,” he stated.
Buttler wants England to take the roadmap of the 50-overs World Cup to the 20-overs World Cup.
“To win the series is the ultimate aim, but also building towards the World Cups. In 50-over cricket we did that, winning and learning at the same time ahead of the (2019) tournament.
“Winning gives you confidence and clarity about your side. The 50-over team (that won the World Cup) nearly picked itself towards the end of that cycle.
“That gives you a lot of confidence, you are familiar with your own role and what to expect from your teammates,” he added.
As far as the upcoming series is concerned, the Newlands in Cape Town and the Boland Park in Paarl would play hosts to the white-ball fixtures. Earlier this year in February, England played three ODIs and as many T20Is in South Africa.
England won the T20I series 2-1. The Three Lions also came out trumps in the Tests after losing the opening match.