The veteran English gloveman, Jos Buttler reckons that the Indian team under the captaincy of Virat Kohli are favorites for the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be played later this year in India. Buttler is of the opinion as a host nation, Team India will have an advantage in the showpiece event.
During a virtual press conference, Jos Buttler said, “Going into World Cups, you probably look at hosts nations as strong as India who are gonna be favorites for that tournament. So it’s a great exposure for us to play against one of the best teams in the tournament in these conditions. India is of course strong in every format and T20 is no different and especially playing at home I see India as the favorites.”
India and England will be locking horns with each other in the first T20I on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad and Buttler opined that it’s a perfect opportunity for the visiting team to get into the groove ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Explaining the same, Buttler said, “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.”
All five T20Is are scheduled to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium and Buttler sees this as a major advantage for the English side to learn the conditions before the T20 World Cup.
Elaborating the same, Jos Buttler said, “This is a great benefit for us. Being here and to play in Ahmedabad 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. We don’t know how the wickets are gonna play in this stadium but to play five matches on the same ground, the pitch might slow up and it may spin so that can be good exposure for us before the World Cup.”