Last Update on: November 2nd, 2021 at 06:59 pm
Former Australian bowler Shane Warne compared England wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler in the ranks of West Indies batting great Sir Vivian Richards.
Buttler’s incredible knock of 101* guided England to a great score of 163/4 against Sri Lanka on Monday.
Jos Buttler scores an unbeaten century against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga posed heavy blows on England, getting the wickets of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow as England were reeling at 37/3 at the end of Powerplay overs.
Buttler joined forces with skipper Eoin Morgan and handled the pressure in a very tranquil state of mind, didn’t took much risks and went very smoothly in his business.
Buttler smashed six fours and as many sixes during the course of his brilliant knock that saved England from a massive batting collapse.
Jos Buttler is definitely England’s best ever player: Shane Warne
The England wicketkeeper-batter dispatched a full toss by Dushmantha Chameera for a six over deep backward square leg to register his maiden T20I hundred.
England added 116 runs in the last 10 overs, with Buttler scoring 77 of those. Stokes, who missed the T20 World Cup because of his long break from cricket, called Buttler the best in the world.
Warne, who has worked with the flamboyant England batter at Rajasthan Royals in IPL, said Buttler is the best ever England player and compared his innings to that of Richards.
“En route to Oz & in transit watching #ICCT20WorldCup2021 highlights ! Wow @josbuttler again showing how to bat in T/20 cricket. I think he’s one of the best white ball players of all time & definitely England’s best ever player! Very similar destruction as the great Viv,’ Warne said on Twitter.
England bowlers led by Moeen Ali (2/15) bowled exceptionally well to bowl out Sri Lanka for 137.
Adil Rashid (2/19) and Chris Woakes also complemented Moeen to defend their total successfully. This was also the fourth instance in the tournament where a team batting first won.
England won their fourth game in a row and, without any doubt, will qualify for the semi-final stage ahead.
Buttler was awarded as the Player of the Match, and the England vice-captain said being patient was the key factor during his knock.
“I think staying patient was the key (when England lost early wickets), but I managed to get a partnership with Morgan. I found it really tough early on in the innings. There was a point when we were thinking to get to the 120-run mark, but then we got going and got 160-plus,” Buttler said in the post-match presentation.
England will play their final group stage match against South Africa on November 6 in Sharjah.