England’s dashing keeper-batsman Jos Buttler has picked his favorites to win the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. The 2021 edition of the tournament will be hosted by India from October-November this year, while the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup will be hosted by Australia.
India is yet to announce the venues of the marquee ICC tournament and whether it will allow crowds to enjoy the action from the stands or not. The BCCI is testing waters right now by allowing fans in the stadiums for India and England Test and T20I series with a cap at 50% capacity.
Jos Buttler has come back to India after leaving for home to play in the first Test at Chennai. He will be featuring in the upcoming five-match T20I series which starts from March 12 onwards and will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
India Are Gonna Be Favourite For The T20 World Cup 2021: Jos Buttler
Talking in a virtual press conference shared by ECB, Jos Buttler named India as the favorite to win the T20 World Cup 2021, given that they were the host nation.
“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,” said Buttler.
“There are many excellent teams, in the last few World Cups hosts nations have performed very well. India is of course strong in every format and T20 is no different and especially playing at home I see India as the favorite,” he added.
England will play all five matches at one venue and Buttler called it a great experience for the team to get familiar with the ground before the T20 World Cup.
Playing All Five Matches In One Stadium A Big Advantage For Us: Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler feels playing all five matches at the Narendra Modi stadium is a perfect opportunity for the visitors to get into the groove ahead of the World Cup.
“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,” said Buttler.
“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,” he added.
The five T20Is will be played on March 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20.