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England opener Buttler wants to emulate Kohli’s mentality

Wicketkeeper batsman believes he can reach another level

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 19, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Mar 19, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Wicketkeeper batsman believes he can reach another level

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England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has said that he wants to match the mindset of Indian captain Virat Kohli, Daily Mail has reported.

“I know I can go to another level,” he said. “Why couldn’t you just stay at peak level? Someone like Kohli scores a hundred every game, he doesn’t settle for: ‘Ah, that was ok, I’ll peak at some point.’ Just do it every day. That’s the sort of mindset I’ve been wanting to hit.”

The Indian skipper has an average of nearly 60 in ODIs and has scored at least seven centuries against three different teams.

Buttler scored 150 off 77 deliveries with 13 boundaries and 12 maximums in the fifth ODI against West Indies at Grenada. He believes that the knock was the best one he ever produced.

“Even in knockout games, it won’t be a side that plays cautiously that wins the World Cup. It will be a side that plays some brave cricket and smart cricket, making good decisions under pressure. Initially in our evolution, we talked about how, if we were bowled out in 42 overs but had 300 on the board, that was fine but we’re better than that. Adapting to conditions quicker is the constant improvement we’re looking for,” he said.

Buttler heads to India to represent Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. He will be joined with Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Liam Livingstone. The Indian franchise are also opening an academy at Reed’s School in Surrey.

Buttler scored five successive half-centuries and made his way into the Test team last year.

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