Jos Buttler has been a premier batsman for the side in the T20 and ODI formats. He was born in Taunton on 8th September, 1990. He is known for his aggressive style of play and has been a bankable performer for England in white-ball cricket.
At an early age, Buttler was known of hitting the ball a fair distance and his style of play was more suited to limited-overs cricket. The right-hander always had a flair for quick runs and caught the eye of several selectors for his fiery batting style.
There were never any doubts in the explosive batting style of Jos Buttler. Hence, when the T20 Internationals started becoming a prevalent culture, Buttler looked tailor-made for the format. Buttler first appeared on the big stage for Melbourne Renegades in the 2015 Big Bash League. His antics in the league were enough to earn him a mega-contract with the IPL franchise ‘Mumbai Indians’.
In 2018 Indian Premier League, he performed exceedingly well for Rajasthan Royals and opened the innings for the franchise in the competition. In 13 matches played, Buttler accumulated 548 runs at an average of 54.80 with five half-centuries.
Given his splendid performances in the IPL, the England selectors and team management decided to promote Jos Buttler to open the innings. The decision worked wonders as Buttler has shown remarkable consistency at the top of the innings for England in the T20 Format.
Last year, Jos Buttler accumulated 589 runs in 14 matches at an average of 65.44 with one century and five half-centuries. After not doing much in the home series against India and South Africa, Buttler managed to find form with the bat in the T20I series in Australia He smashed two half-centuries to help England secure a T20I series against Australia in Australia.
2022 ICC T20 World Cup
Jos Buttler’s first tournament as the captain of England’s white-ball teams became a memorable one as he ended up lifting the title after his players eventually managed to get the better of the spirited Pakistan side in the all-important final by five wickets at the MCG.
The achievement was an even more significant one considering that the Rajasthan Royals star wicketkeeper-batter completed his recovery from an injury just a few days before the start of the competition after missing the full seven-match T20I series in Pakistan where Moeen Ali led the side.
Captaincy-wise, Buttler emerged as the leader many expected him to be and he made some bold moves which eventually paid off the Three Lions. Despite a defeat at the hands of Ireland, Buttler-led England side went on to beat New Zealand, India and Pakistan to lift their second T20 Trophy in Australia.
Especially in the semi-finals and the all-important final, the 32-year-old used the available resources to a good effect like using Adil Rashid early against India and then using Ben Stokes for his full quota of four overs when there were overs remaining of other bowlers as well.
Furthermore, he also used left-arm pacer Sam Curran in a relatively newer role at the back end of the innings which helped the English side in getting some important wickets in the death overs.
That move also helped Curran who eventually won the Player of the Tournament award with 13 wickets to his name in just six innings at an economy-rate of 6.52.
England’s captain leading from the front
With the bat in hand, Jos Buttler didn’t disappoint England fans as well where he finished the competition as the fourth-highest run-getter overall — most by any player in the side — with 225 runs to his name at an average of 45 and strike-rate of 144.23.
His best performance in the middle as a batter came against India in the semis where he scored an unbeaten 80 off just 49 balls with the help of nine fours and three maximums.
In the finals of the T20 World Cup 2022 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, captain Jos Buttler showed positive intent with the bat from word go and managed to score 26 runs off 17 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
The duo of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales showed remarkable consistency to see England win the coveted trophy in Australia.