Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg has named England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler as the best batsman in the T20 International Cricket at the moment.
The England vice-captain is having an outstanding run in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, currently, he is sitting at the number 3 position in the list of the leading run-getters of the event. Buttler has played 4 games and has scored 214 runs at an average of 214 and a strike rate of 153.95.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg said that Buttler is a “cool cucumber under pressure”, and he takes his time to settle before going aggressive against the opposition. He stated:
“Jos Buttler, for me, is the best T20 batsman going around in international cricket right now. He is always a cool cucumber under pressure and even when the conditions are not in his favour, he takes his time to settle and then take risks.”
Notably, the deputy of Eoin Morgan has also smashed a marvellous century in the T20 World Cup 2021 game against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Batters Have To Stop Hunting For Boundaries – Brad Hogg
The 2021 T20 marquee tournament has seen the toss play a huge role, the teams are often seen bowling first after winning the toss as the chase becomes easier when the dew plays its part in the second innings.
Meanwhile, Hogg believes that teams batting first lose the game in the powerplay as they try to smash a lot of boundaries in the first few overs. He suggested that the players should focus on rotating the strike instead of going for boundaries. He said:
“Teams batting first are losing it in the powerplay. They are trying to find too many boundaries and are not rotating strikes enough. Batsmen have to stop hunting for boundaries and instead try to convert the ones into twos and limit the dot balls. This puts pressure on opposition bowlers who bowl loose deliveries while trying to do something different.
Brad Hogg giving the example of Buttler, said that it becomes easier for batters to bat in the tough condition when they bat for a longer period of time. He stated:
“Best exponent of this was Jos Buttler against Sri Lanka. He batted right through the innings. He conserved his innings. The longer you bat in tough conditions, the easier it gets and he proved that.”