England captain Jos Buttler hailed both his team as well as Team India for putting up a great display of skills during the entire white-ball leg and especially in the just concluded series-decider that turned out to be a nerve-jangler thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime knock by Sam Curran.
In what turned out to be an outstanding game of One-day International cricket, England, thanks to a freakish unbeaten 83-ball 95 by Sam Curran, pushed India to the brink during their run-chase of 330.
Eventually, the lack of batting partners and brilliant last three overs by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, and T Natarajan ensured that the bridge proved to be a bit too far for the 50-over world champions.
Jos Buttler added that despite England losing both the T20I and ODI series, the young players will gain a lot by playing in Indian conditions and a high-quality Indian team.
“A fantastic game, both sides made some mistakes but played some brilliant cricket. We witnessed an incredible knock from Curran to nearly get us over the line, but congratulations to India on winning. We’ve learnt a lot as a side and seen many guys stand up and take the lead,” said Jos Buttler in the post-match conference.
“The white-ball leg was incredibly competitive. These are the conditions we will face in the near future in the World Cup. It’s a great experience for the young guys to play a top-class side like India and they will be better cricketers for it,” he added.
India got off to a brilliant start during their innings as Shikhar Dhawan unleashed an attack on England’s pacers in the powerplay.
Buttler conceded that England were below-par in the initial part of the innings but he heaped high praise on his bowlers for the manner in which they came back in the middle overs and at the death by claiming wickets at regular intervals.
“We didn’t bowl that well at the top, gave away easy boundaries, but dragged it back only to be pegged back by Pant and Pandya, but we restricted them well enough. We didn’t have those big partnerships to take us over the line. We’ve played excellent cricket for a number of years, the talent pool in white-ball cricket is growing and creates competition in the squad and drives us to do better,” he added.
The English captain heaped high praise on Sam Curran for the maturity that he displayed during his unbeaten knock of 95 which nearly took the visitors past the finishing line.
”We bat deep as a side, it’s one of our strengths, but Sam Curran did well to take responsibility, and take a lot of the strike and it took great character to play the way he did, and he has those amazing qualities in abundance. I know he will be disappointed he didn’t get us over the line, but we are all very proud of him and his performance,” Jos Buttler signed off.