Bombay (Maharashtra) [India]Mar 23 (ANI): After missing the second phase of IPL 2021, England and Rajasthan Royals star hitter Jos Buttler is back in the country for the upcoming season with a feeling of excitement and conviction.
The World Cup-winning striker is also thrilled to connect with Yuzvendra Chahal and Devdutt Padikkal, while also playing a mentoring role for the youngsters.
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Speaking ahead of the tournament, he said: “Every time you show up in India for the IPL, there’s this feeling of excitement and a real buzz around the tournament, so it’s great to be there. return to the country.”
“It’s become my second home. I spent a lot of time there, and the friendliness of the people and the passion for cricket always tends to drive me crazy,” the World Cup winner added to the 50 years and over.
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Speaking of him being retained by the Royals, Buttler said he was “pretty flattered”. “There were only a certain number of players who could stay in the franchise, so it was quite flattering to be offered to stay. I’ve always loved playing for this franchise and I had some really pleasant.”
“Obviously I knew the franchise had placed their trust in me and Sanju and Yash (Yashasvi Jaiswal). There were a lot of conversations that took place before the auction, and we were just focused on creating a solid team, covering all the bases you need to win the tournament.”
“Another aspect was how brilliantly my family and I were looked after – that’s quite rare so I’m really grateful to everyone here (at the Royals),” he said.
Commenting on the Royals squad for 2022, Buttler said: “It’s a really exciting time for the team you know, to start a new cycle and build a new team. The goal here is to win the IPL, and I look forward to contributing to that.”
“We’re delighted to have so many great players in the squad. Obviously Ashwin and Chahal are two of the best spinners in the world, and with a terrific paced attack, I think that’s really exciting. We’re blessed with a solid batting lineup, as well as great all-around options, so I think it’s going to be a really exciting IPL for us,” the 31-year-old added.
In his own words, Buttler said he “had a disappointing campaign in the Ashes”. He added: “I think I’ve played a lot of cricket in recent years and spent a lot of time in bubbles. It was a disappointing campaign in the Ashes, which ended with a broken finger for I haven’t dabbled in cricket at all – I have a young family so I had time to relax and have fun with them.”
“I actually found it very important to do something different from cricket. It kind of brings extra motivation and excitement when you haven’t played for a while. Of course I appreciate my fitness , but I think it was important to put on my cricket kit is moving away a bit. Now that I’m entering an important year, both in the IPL and then in the T20 World Cup, I feel really fresh and full of confidence.
When asked how he plans to use the time at this year’s IPL without his wife and children accompanying him, the stylish hitter said: “Seeing new faces on the team is always exciting and gives me the opportunity to make new connections, get to know guys.”
“I’m also looking forward to connecting with a lot of people, especially Chahal. I’ve played him a few times, and he seems like this fun character on the team. So, I’m looking forward to having him. in my team.”
He continued: “There’s also Padikkal, who scored one hundred against us last year. I think he looks like a fantastic young player so I’m delighted to have him here.”
After playing 65 games in his six seasons in the IPL and scoring 1,968 runs at a 150 strike rate, Buttler has gradually transformed into a senior team pro and looks forward to that role.
“My role as a senior player is to try to give confidence to the other guys. It’s to convey a very free spirit and to act as a sounding board for the young players. It’s important for them to be fearless and simply embrace the opportunity.”
“I remember when I was a young player, just having five minutes of conversation with someone would go a long way, and I would like to help younger people in the same way,” he said. added. (ANI)
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