England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has reckoned that the break from the game would have freshened up India’s superstar Virat Kohli and that he would be hungry to lead the team and stamp his authority on the game during the upcoming home series against England.
Virat Kohli featured in just the first Test of the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he returned to India in order to be with his pregnant wife Anushka Sharma, who was due to deliver the couple’s first baby in early January.
The champion Indian batsman will be back on the cricket field in the Test series against England which kicks-off at the Chepauk from February 05.
“Virat would be coming back, had some time away from Test matches and he will be hungry to lead and play well, so it is going to be a great challenge,” Jos Buttler said vie a virtual press conference on Saturday.
Jos Buttler hails Indian cricket for their triumph in Australia in the absence of Virat Kohli and several first-choice cricketers
A lot of people has written off Team India in the absence of Virat and post the shambles of 36 all-out in Adelaide. However, the visitors under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane pulled off a triumph for the ages despite having lost almost 8-9 first-choice cricketers due to injury.
Jos Buttler paid tribute to India’s remarkable feat and reckoned that the series-win is a fair reflection of Indian cricket’s bench-strength.
”Obviously, the Australian series really showed world cricket the amazing strength and depth in Indian cricket. To go and win that series in Australia, when you are missing Virat (Kohli) after the first Test and having so many injuries, just shows there is fantastic strength and depth, competition in Indian cricket,” Jos Buttler said.