In the second ODI against Pakistan at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, Jos Buttler’s 55-ball 110 not out propelled England to 373 for 3 in 50 overs. His sensational hitting not only saw him amass England’s second-fastest hundred (with the first also belonging to Buttler, which he smacked versus Pakistan in 2015 in UAE) but also earned massive praise from former England skipper Nasser Hussain.
“He is a freak. Sometimes you don’t realise what you’ve got, because it’s right in front of you. You travel the world and you talk to people about Jos Buttler, and they rave about this lad. I don’t like massive comments, but he’d have to be up there with the three or four greatest white-ball players of all time. You’re talking Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Viv Richards. I have to put Buttler in that category. If you do it once, it’s a freak, but if you do it again and again and again; suddenly our very own Jos Buttler from Taunton is up among the greatest white-ball players to ever play the game. Sometimes we don’t build up our own cricketers enough. This bloke is so special, it’s untrue,” stated the 51-year-old cricketer.
Buttler came out to bat, at No. 5, in the 36th over. He took on Yasir Shah from the word go and got off to a flying start. With a good platform set by the top three, he went bonkers in the final ten overs and slammed Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, and Shaheen Afridi to reach triple-figures. He ended with a strike rate of 200 and moved from 50 to 100 in just 18 balls; depicting his dominating knock.