England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler reckons that the Indian Premium league is the second-best tournament in the world after World-Cup.
The cash-riched domestic tournament is not only about lumpsum money. Most importantly, it also gives players the opportunity to rub shoulders with other world’s bests. The future of IPL 2020 is still under the dark cloud of uncertainty due to the outbreak of Covid-19. But still, there is a ray of hope for the tournament to be arranged in October-November. ICC is planning to postpone the T20 World cup this year.
“There’s no doubt that IPL has helped English cricket grow and the numbers of players who were involved in the last few years,” Buttler said on Saturday (May 23). “It was something I was desperate to play. For me it’s the best tournament in the world, taking out the World Cups,” the English wicket-keeper said in a BBC podcast named “The Doosra”.
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The wicket-keeper batsman is known for his breathtaking attacking shots all over the park in all forms of the game. He and Ben Stokes were the key factors of England’s victory in 2019 World-Cup. With his legacy in limited over formats, Jos Buttler is already compared with some of the modern legends like Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers. He mentioned that plying IPL in front of huge Indian crowd nothing less than playing in a “Fantasy game”.
“As a kid growing up that is what you want, to play fantasy cricket. Mix all the teams together what it will be like if Kohli and de Villiers play together. Some of the match-ups you get to see in the IPL are great. Bangalore has been amongst the top three teams with Kohli, AB (de Villiers), and Gayle coming up and then to see them up against a Bumrah or a Dale Steyn or (Lasith) Malinga,” Buttler added.
In 2008 English players were so reluctant to take part in IPL. But due to the pressure of the England Cricket Board(ECB) most of the players were unable to take part in the best domestic T20 tournament in the world. Buttler gave credit to Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff to be the big play cards in 2009 IPL auctions.” He really paved the way for a lot of us to go and now play in the IPL with more blessings from English cricket. He is a pioneer in building the steps in place to realize just how important the IPL is for developing cricketers” Buttler added in that interview.