Jos Buttler praised England’s Captain Eoin Morgan as a “Pioneer for England’s White ball Cricketers” after Morgan achieved the feat of playing 100th T20I match in the 3rd T20I against India on Tuesday.
Jos Buttler whose unbeaten 83 runs outclassed Virat Kohli’s swashbuckling 77 said that Morgan is an inspiration to all the present & upcoming England Cricketers. Morgan has revamped England’s approach to limited overs cricket highlighted by their 2019 ODI World Cup win which came four years after they failed to get out of their pool in 2015.
“He’s been a pioneer for English white-ball cricketers — he was a pioneer as a player to start with and certainly as a captain and leader,” Buttler said.
“He has always been someone who has been ahead of the curve,” Buttler added. Morgan became the first England Men’s Player to play 100th T20I in their eight wickets victory which put England in a lead of 2-1 in the five match T20I Series. Morgan has “taken England’s white-ball cricket to places it’s never been before and he’s done it in a quite incredible way”, Buttler said. “He’s a selfless guy but it’s no mean achievement to reach 100 caps,” Buttler added.
Morgan will lead England at the T20 World Cup which will be held in India later this year said that receiving the 100th Cap from his “Great friend” Jos Buttler was an emotional moment for him.
“It nearly brought me to tears to be honest,” Morgan said of Buttler’s short address to the team.
“Playing in 100 games is a proud moment for me but the words that he said really did warm my heart and I am very grateful,” said the captain.
Jos Buttler admitted that sometimes he felt under pressure to retain his opening spot a position he is enjoying since 2018.
“I don’t know if it will ever end, people seem to quite enjoy talking about it. I certainly feel the pressure of that sometimes,” he said.
“We have lots of guys who would love to bat in that opening position. For most people it’s probably the best place to bat in the game.
“But I know I’ve got the full backing of Morgs to go and do it, which gives me a lot of confidence”, Buttler said.
“I know Morgs is keen for me to open in this team and I do it with his backing”, Buttler added.