Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh recently said how England captain Jos Buttler has struggled to score with the bat in the ongoing 2023 World Cup. Harbhajan also shared that the wicketkeeper-batter has looked clueless so far and England’s decision to bring Ben Stokes back into the ODI setup is yet to show positive results.
“Jos Buttler has never looked so clueless,” Harbhajan said in his latest YouTube video. “Ben Stokes was asked to come out of retirement ahead of the World Cup but got injured. He has failed to make a significant impact in the matches he has played.”
However, Jos Buttler has scored only 95 runs in five outings at an average of 19.00. England’s batting-heavy unit has also struggled so far in the ongoing ICC event. They faced their fourth loss on Thursday, suffering an eight-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka after being bowled out for a mere 156.
“England loved to chase in white-ball cricket and had batters who only dealt in fours and sixes,” he added. “However, forget about boundaries; they aren’t even sure of how to take singles. It seems as if they have forgotten how to play this format. They haven’t looked like world champions,” he again stated.
England will play against the hosts India in their next fixture of the ODI World Cup. However, Harbhajan Singh has backed the Indian team to emerge victorious in the encounter. He shared that England will find it difficult to beat the hosts, especially on a spin-friendly track in Lucknow as well.
“England’s next match is against India. I don’t think they are capable of beating India, and they will have to deal with yet another loss. I feel it might be a spin-friendly surface, and we could see India play three spinners,” Harbhajan Singh concluded.