Jos Buttler has picked the host India as favourites for the T20 World Cup 2021.
As the T20 World Cup will be played later this year in India, England white-ball vice-captain Jos Buttler revealed that the hosts India are favourites to lift this year’s T20 World Cup title.
India are one of the strong teams across formats of the game and their recent form in every format certainly makes them a formidable squad as well.
Meanwhile, Team India, who won the inaugural event way back in 2007 under the leadership of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will host the tournament in October and November.
However, the reports also suggested that the venues of IPL 2021 could be used as the venues for the marquee event as well.
“Going into World Cups, you probably look at hosts nations one specially as strong as India who are going to be favourites for that tournament,” Jos Buttler said in an interaction with British media on Tuesday.
Five-match T20I series to start from March 12
“There are many excellent teams, in the last few World Cups hosts nations have performed very well. India is of course strong in every format and T20 is no different and especially playing at home I see India as the favourites,” he again shared.
On the other hand, England will play against India in the limited-overs series, starting with the five-match T20I series, starting from March 12 in Ahmedabad and Jos Buttler feels it will be a great opportunity for England to get acclimatised to the conditions here in India for the mega event as well.
“It’s vital for us to play and hopefully you wanna win that series and take that confidence and gel together as a group and have that clarity ahead of the World Cup. So, it’s a fantastic opportunity for us as a side to be playing against India in World Cup conditions.
This is a great benefit for us. Being here and to play in Ahemdabad in the brand new stadium which may play a big part in the World Cup and no one has played here before. So it’s a big advantage for us to learn about conditions,” Jos Buttler concluded.