Coming into the 20-20 World Cup, England were one of the favourites for the title and they have justified that by playing some scintillating cricket. With three wins in three games, they comfortably sit at the helm of Group A. The team will take on Sri Lanka in their next game. A win in the match will seal a semifinal berth for the Eoin Morgan-led team.
England’s juggernaut has been a result of a collective team effort but one man who deserve a bit more credit is Jos Buttler. The destructive opener played a belligerent 71 run knock against Australia and is only behind Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in terms of most runs in the tournament among the teams who started from Super 12s.
The ace batter is approaching a big milestone. Buttler, who has accumulated 1984 runs in 77 innings for England, is just 16 runs shy of breaching the 2000 run mark in T20I cricket. Once he goes past the 2000 run mark, he will become the second Englishmen after Eoin Morgan to do so.
Buttler will be a key player for England against Sri Lanka. He is the team’s most successful batter against the Lankan lions. Buttler has scored 256 runs in 7 games, the most by an English batter against the Islanders. He has also scored half-centuries in three of his last five innings against Sri Lanka.
His half-century against Australia was his 15th fifty in T20I cricket, the most by any England player in the format. The likes Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan have played a pivotal part in revamping England white-ball cricket post 2015.