England completed a historic ODI series win against Australia in when they won the 5th ODI by a solitary wicket to complete 5-0 clean sweep and hence became just the second team after South Africa to whitewash Australia in a five-match ODI series.
Chasing modest target of 205, England were in trouble for the first time in the series as they lost five wickets for 50 runs. Jos Buttler, who came to the crease when they were reeling at 27/4 restricted his aggressive instinct and played a responsible inning. He added 81 runs with Rashid for the 9th wicket to snatch a stunning victory for England. During his incredible knock of 110, Jos Buttler had completed his slowest yet the best ODI century of his career. He also deservedly won the man of the series award for his stupendous performance throughout the series.
Since May Jos has been in the form of his life and people began comparing him with India’s wicketkeeping batsman, MS Dhoni. During the post-match press conference. Australian captain Tim Paine rated Buttler as the current best wicket-keeper batsman in the world.
”He’s (Jos Buttler) good, he’s very good. Right now, he’d have to be the best white-ball wicket-keeper batsman in the world.”
“I don’t think there are too many guys to challenge him. MS Dhoni is pretty good, but at this moment, Jos is at the absolute peak of his powers. He understands his one-day game so well and knows his strengths inside out and just doesn’t go away from him.”
However, Jos Buttler had felt the other way around as he credited MS Dhoni for his match-winning innings.
” When you’re out there at least you can do something about it. I was just trying to soak up the pressure and imagine what
MS Dhoni would do. ‘He would look unflustered and calm so that’s what I tried to do ”
Whenever you perform people always drag you for comparison. You will grow as a player depends on how you handle such things. Jos Buttler will get better from here and he is hitting the form when the world cup is just a year away which is good news for England.