England’s star batsman Jos Butler has a special compliment for team India. Butler feels that India are favorites for the ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be played later this year in India.
Jos Butler feels that as a host nation, team India will have a greater advantage in the mega event. “Going into World Cups, you probably look at hosts nations as strong as India who are gonna be favorites for that tournament. So it’s a great exposure for us to play against one of the best teams in the tournament in these conditions,” said Butler in a virtual press conference shared by ECB.
“There are many excellent teams, in the last few World Cups hosts nations have performed very well. India is of course strong in every format and T20 is no different and especially playing at home I see India as the favorites,” he added.
India & England will face each other in the first T20I on 12th March, Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad & Butler feels it’s a perfect opportunity for England to get used to turning pitches & prepare themselves for the upcoming T20 World Cup which will be played in India.
“It’s vital for us to play and hopefully you wanna win that series and take that confidence and gel together as a group and have that clarity ahead of the World Cup. So it’s a fantastic opportunity for us as a side to be playing against India in World Cup conditions,” said Butler.
All the five T20Is will be played at Narendra Modi Stadium & Butler sees this as a major advantage for England to learn the conditions before the T20 World Cup.
“This is a great benefit for us. Being here and to play in Ahmedabad in the brand new stadium which may play a big part in the World Cup and no one has played here before. So it’s a big advantage for us to learn about conditions,” said Butler.
“We don’t know how the wickets are gonna play in this stadium but to play five matches on the same ground, the pitch might slow up and it may spin so that can be good exposure for us before the World Cup,” he added.