Jos Butler said that according to him, IPL is the best tournament in the world barring World Cups. Jos Butler is currently in Rajasthan Royals franchise in the IPL & was previously a part of the Mumbai Indians team.
The current RR player hails praise on his Mumbai Indians franchise showered praise on his previous Mumbai Indians franchise during a BBC Podcast ‘The Doosra’. The explosive England Batsman likened the Mumbai-based franchise to the giants of English Premier League Manchester United. According to the star cricketer, Mumbai Indians franchise has a fan following similar to that of Manchester United. “I loved my duration with Mumbai Indians as well &I have loved Rajasthan Royals equally as much as Mumbai Indians, two different franchises. Mumbai Indians are sort of Manchester United of the IPL such a massive team with such a massive fan following”, Jos Butler said during the podcast.
The wicket-keeper- batsman further said that for him IPL is the best tournament in the world barring World Cups. “It (IPL) has helped English cricket. IPL is always something that I was desperate to play. For me, it is the best tournament in the world. I know World Cups are different, you take that out,” Buttler added.
Buttler thanked the former England batsman Kevin Pietersen who has lead the way for a lot of England cricketers to participate in the cash-rich league. “The roadblocks that he (Pietersen) faced, I think he really did sort of paved the way for a lot of us to go and now play in the IPL with more blessing than there used to be from English cricket,” Butler said.
Jos Butler has played his first IPL game in the year 2016 for the Mumbai Indians franchise & has been featured in 45 matches in the tournament & has scored about 1,386 runs at a strike rate of over 150. Jos Butler would have played for Rajasthan Royals in the 13th edition of the IPL but due to the havoc of COVID-19 Pandemic the BCCI has postponed the lucrative tournament indefinitely as a preventive measure.