Former India opener Gautam Gambhir was all praise for England star Jos Buttler after his match-winning knock in the third T20I against India in Ahmedabad on Tuesday (March 16). Buttler slammed an unbeaten 83 off 52 balls to power England to a dominant 8-wicket win over the hosts at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium.
It was a blistering knock from the stylish right-hander, who took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners. Buttler was effective against both the Indian pacers and the spinners as he played shots in all parts of the ground with ease. The England opener combined with Jonny Bairstow (40 off 28 balls) to help England chase down the target of 158 runs with 10 balls to spare.
Gambhir hailed Buttler as the best white-ball batsman in the world after his heroics. During a discussion on ESPNCricinfo post-England’s 8-wicket win, former English batsman Ian Bell called Buttler the best white-ball batsman for England at present. Gambhir seconded his claim and called the right-hander the best in the world in white-ball cricket.
“He’s phenomenal, probably the best T20 batter in the world along with Rohit Sharma. Ian Bell just mentioned he is the best English white-ball batsman. According to me, Jos Buttler is the best white-ball batter in the world,” Gambhir said on ESPNCricinfo
Gambhir praised Buttler’s range as a batsman and pointed out how he can tackle both spinners and pacers with the same ease when he is in form. The England star has been a vital cog for the team in white-ball cricket and continues to dish out impressive performances consistently.
“He’s got so many options. I don’t think there is anyone who has got so many options, be it facing the fast bowlers and spinners – the reverse sweep, the lap, everything. He is just phenomenal and once he is in this kind of form, it’s difficult for anyone to stop him because he has so many options,” Gambhir said.