England skipper Jos Buttler on Sunday said that former India captain MS Dhoni is a great person for all-rounder Sam Curran to have a conversation about his gusty unbeaten knock of 95-run when he meets him in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).
Jos Buttler Praises Sam Curran
In the 3rd and decider ODI match of India vs England ODI series batting at first India scored 329 runs. Having an experience in 300+ runs chasing(in the previous match) England struggled to make a remarkable start.
England loses their top 6 wickets while scoring 168 runs. While everyone expects that England would lose the match it was Sam Curran who fought till the last to make his side to win the series.
Sam scored an unbeaten 95 runs off 83 deliveries which poses threat for the Indian side then T Natarajan with his yorker spell off the last over restricts England to score further and bags the trophy home.
Post his impressive performance many cricket experts and cricketers believe that Sam took the match in the way of MS Dhoni’s style. Sam Curran has played a key role for the CSK in the IPL 2021. Even his skipper believes that Sam learnt this under MSD’s guidance.
“I’m sure Sam would want to talk to MS about tonight’s innings. I’m sure there were shades of the way that he (MS Dhoni) would have liked to take the game down if he was in that situation. He’s a great person for Sam to have a conversation with when he meets up MS (in the IPL),” Buttler said in a virtual post-match press conference.
“We know what an amazing cricketer, finisher MS Dhoni is. A brilliant learning curve for all our players to share dressing rooms with guys like MS’ stature in the game. I’m very excited for them,” he added.
Talking about the game Buttler admitted that England lacked big partnerships in the middle but he lauded Curran and Adil Rashid for putting up a great showing for the visitors.
“There was always genuine belief that run-rate was never an issue,” Buttler said, as England kept consistent tabs with a requirement that, while Adil Rashid was on hand to keep knocking the singles and rotate the strike, rarely got above seven an over. Adil and Sam played brilliantly well and were whittling down the score,” Buttler said.
“And then it was great for Sam to take ownership, and to take us all the way down to the wire. Anytime a game starts to come within reach, that’s when it starts to get harder. Everyone on the ground started to get a bit tense, and the guys in the dug-out as well, but we’re all very proud of the way Sam played. He showed all the traits that we know he has, an abundance of character, and the skill level he has embodies what we’re about as a team,” he added.
Sam Curran and Moeen Ali both share the same dressing room with Dhoni in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squad for the upcoming IPL 2021.