England wicketkeeper batter Jos Buttler yet again proved why he is regarded as the most dangerous batter in T20Is as he demonstrated his hitting prowess by scoring his first international ton in the shortest format against Sri Lanka in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. This innings was not a typical Buttler one, wherein he goes bang from word go. He had to play the waiting game on a slow Sharjah pitch before he could attack.
The swashbuckling wicketkeeper’s knock also took England to a competitive score of 163, which proved to be just enough against Sri Lanka. Butter’s dazzling ton earned him praises from many experts and critics. Talismanic England all-rounder Ben Stokes was among the many, who were left in awe of Buttler’s brutal assault. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Best in the world @josbuttler,” Stokes Tweeted on Monday (November 1).
Best in the world @josbuttler 👏 👏
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) November 1, 2021
Buttler’s unbeaten 101 off just 67 balls contained six maximums of as many fours. It was also the classic example of how to go about batting first on the UAE pitches. In the ongoing 20-20 World Cup, chasing teams have won more games due to the dew factor. Buttler showed the template of dealing in ones and twos in the initial phase of the innings before attacking the bowlers. His first 30 runs came off just 24 balls but he scored his next 77 runs off just 37 balls.
In the process, the wicketkeeper batter also became the second batter from England to reach 2000 runs in T20Is. This win was also special for Eoin Morgan, who has now surpassed MS Dhoni and Asghar Afghan to become the most successful T20I captain.
England have also qualified for the semis and in all probability will finish first on Group A with a superior net run rate. The Morgan-led will next be seen in action against South Africa on Saturday (November 6).