Jos Buttler recalls how he became a big fan of MS Dhoni

Speaking of his admiration for Dhoni, Buttler had revealed that he loves the helicopter shot of the veteran.

Jos Buttler and MS Dhoni
Jos Buttler and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is an admirer of former Indian captain MS Dhoni. Buttler recently reckoned that he has learned the art of big-hitting and finishing from one of the best finishers of modern-day cricket, Dhoni. MS, who is captaining Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the ongoing IPL 2020, had gifted his No. 7 jersey to the England player after a fixture between RR and CSK.

Speaking of his admiration for Dhoni, Buttler had revealed that he loves the helicopter shot of the veteran. Recalling the moment that made him a big fan of the Indian captain, Jos stated that he is a big admirer of MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup final innings. The Ranchi Stalwart had played a scintillating knock of 91 unbeaten off 79 balls against Sri Lanka to claim India’s second ICC ODI World Cup title. His knock included 8 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 115.19.

“I like his demeanour on the field. How cool and calm he is. I like his explosive batting, the helicopter shot. I always watched IPL on TV. I remember some of the great innings he has played. One thing I really love is the 2011 World Cup final. How he walked out to bat and said I am going to see this home. That was inspiring and the way he finished the game with a six. It always resonated with me,” Buttler told TOI in an interview.

Price tag adds to the expectations: Jos Buttler

Further in the interaction, Buttler opined on the staggering paycheck a player gets to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). The Rajasthan Royals swashbuckling batsman feels that the price tag definitely adds pressure as there are many expectations. Though the batsman is not in his best form in IPL 2020, he is doing a decent job as he has accumulated 293 runs in 12 fixtures thus far.

“Price tag adds to the expectations. It’s another skill you have to learn. The best players can put that aside and focus on the ball coming to you. When Ben Stokes and me bat together, we are just concentrating on the ball. We don’t really think of outside expectations. I don’t try bat in one way and try playing the situation,” he asserted.