There is no denying the fact that Jos Buttler is one of the best finishers of the modern-day cricket, but he is in awe of the Indian opener, Rohit Sharma’s way of dominating the bowlers irrespective of the situation. Buttler also spoke highly of Rohit’s effortless strokeplay and feels it separates him from the rest.
Buttler expressed his views during a Facebook interaction with Rajasthan Royals teammate and New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi on the franchise’s page. He said that he was most impressed with the Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper among the current crop of players. Jos said, “Rohit Sharma I think is an awesome player. Effortless. Quite a lot of Indian players have that awesome style.”
Rohit had a successful run in 2019, which included his record-breaking century spree in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He amassed as many as hundreds in the quadrennial event. He also finished the year as the highest run-scorer in ODIs and is presently ranked only a spot behind Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the 50-over format in ICC rankings. Buttler played under Rohit at Mumbai Indians in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Talking about MI skipper further Buttler said, “One of the things I have seen with Rohit is that if he gets in, he scores big runs and really affects the game. The effortless nature in which he can take players down; he is a really good player with the short ball as well.”
He also added, “It’s not really the case now, but I think a few years ago people used to attack Indian players with the short ball but Rohit smashes them. Then you go fuller and he smashes them right down the ground.”
Both Rohit and Buttler would have been pitted against each other this season playing for MI and RR respectively, but the 2020 season of the IPL, like every other sporting events, is now under a cloud of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.