Jos Buttler reveals the story behind his famous bat inscription
"It brings me back to a good place," Jos Buttler remarked.
Updated - Jun 5, 2018 2:47 pm
English cricketer Jos Buttler has been in a sublime form in the recent times. He was on a record breaking spree in the IPL 2018 in the Rajasthan Royals outfit. He equaled the record of most consecutive fifties in the history of the tournament by hitting five fifties in a row this year. His stellar show in the IPL fetched him a place in the English Test side. He made a comeback in the English whites and left an imprint straightaway.
He was impressive at Lord’s and was even better at Headingley. He scored an unbeaten 80 in the Headingley Test on a track where most batsmen struggled. He bagged the limelight for his performances. Also, a non-cricketing aspect fetched him some headlines. An inscription on his bat handle, that read ‘F**k it’, was seen on the cameras and went viral in no time.
Now, as per the quotes in cricket.com.au, Jos Buttler revealed the reason behind writing it. He noted that it is just the mindset that best suits him. A couple of years ago, Buttler was dropped from the English Test side after a poor series against Pakistan in the UAE. His string of low scores without any fifty in 12 innings saw him dropped. And that was perhaps because he was trying to be someone else at the crease and did not play his natural game.
“I think it’s just something that reminds me of what my best mindset is – when I’m playing cricket, and probably in life as well. It puts cricket in perspective. When you nick off, does it really matter? It’s just a good reminder when I’m in the middle, when I’m questioning myself, and it brings me back to a good place,” Jos Buttler remarked.
The big difference
Now that he has made a comeback to the Test side, Jos Buttler spoke about the big difference that has been amidst all the talks. He revealed that he is batting with a free mindset again and that is because of the experience that he has gained. He noted that he has learnt a lot in this phase of his game.
“If anything my mentality has been quite similar to my first few Tests; not worrying about external factors, just trying to play the game, trusting myself. The big difference is experience. I used to think you could either do it or you can’t. But now I understand how valuable experience is, and maturity, to help you to deal with not only the on-field stuff but what goes on around it,” Buttler conceded.