Jos Buttler has two words of motivation written on the top of his bat
Buttler scored an unbeaten 80 in the first innings of the 2nd Test against Pakistan.
by Ankit Editor
Published - Jun 3, 2018 7:23 pm | Updated - Jun 3, 2018 8:20 pm
Jos Buttler who played his last Test match for England in December 2016 was recalled into the side for the series against Pakistan after an impressive run in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The wicketkeeper-batsman, once he was promoted to the top, was the assault man for the Rajasthan Royals and knocked five back-to-back fifties.
He scored 548 runs in 13 matches before he had to fly back home for the series. He averaged 55 and struck the ball with a striking rate of 155. The Test call-up was a surprise for Buttler but he has made the most of the opportunity as he scored a half century in the first match at Lord’s in a losing cause and bettered it an important 80* in the first innings for England in the 2nd Test at Leeds. He walked in when the team needed runs to get lead and played well with the tail to get them a substantial advantage in the first innings.
Two words of motivation
When Buttler kept his bat down with his helmet one of the cameramen zoomed and there were two words written on top ‘Fu** it’. And as it turns out that is his way of keeping himself motivated at the crease. The 27-year-old played his natural game and struck 11 boundaries and two sixes in his knock.
However, this is not new and Buttler has that written on the bat for years now. In 2015 he had revealed the reason in an interview with Michael Vaughan and said that he uses that as a motivation.
“I was constantly searching for something and you kid yourself that someone out there has got that secret to batting that they can give you one piece of advice that will enable you to go and score a hundred every time,” he told Vaughan during an interview with the Telegraph.
“It is silly. By trying to learn I confused myself. But you know what? If I just watch the ball and let my natural instinct take over I back myself to get something on the ball whether I bat right or left handed,” Buttler had said.
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