England’s Jos Buttler says IPL is ideal preparation for T20 World Cup
Jos Buttler believes playing in the Indian Premier League will be the Perfect preparation for the T20 World Cup later in the year.
The England wicketkeeper-batsman returned to form with a dazzling half-century in the T20I from South Africa in February and is fundamental to Eoin Morgan’s strategies to the 50-over name they won to add the T20 crown as his side bid.
England have just six more T20s scheduled until the onset of the tournament in Australia, but Buttler is one of a number of players who will find the opportunity to hone their abilities in the shortest international format as the IPL gets underway by the end of March, with 60 of their matches only live on Sky Sports.
“I think that the IPL has had as big an effect as any in my livelihood,” Buttler told Sky Sports. “It is an amazing place to learn and it’s the ideal T20 rivalry in the world, all the top players playing with each other and you’re sharing a dressing room with past and present players that are brilliant.
“It is a place where you can learn so much, learn a lot about yourself and looking ahead into the T20 World Cup at the not-too-distant long run, the IPL is a superb platform to prepare in the maximum level.”
Before linking up with Rajasthan Royals – in which he will play alongside Ben Stokes and Tom Curran – Buttler will hope to be back in Test action for England.
The 29-year-old kept his place in the squad for the two-match show in Sri Lanka and will be relishing contest from the Ben Foakes for its position of Surrey.
“For me personally, it is all about focusing on myself and becoming as good as I could be,” Buttler said. “But obviously, the competition is fantastic, it compels performances, it pushes you to change.
“We know what a great player Ben Foakes ishe had a fantastic trip in Sri Lanka last time as well. It’s exciting times for the group.”
Watch each chunk of England’s Test series in Sri Lanka at March live on Sky Sports. You could even see all 60 games of this 2020 Indian Premier League live on Sky Sports in Sunday, March 29.