After England’s win over India in the T20 World Cup semi-final at Adelaide Oval, skipper Jos Buttler took a sly dig at the Men in Blue. England has booked their ticket to Melbourne to play in the ultimate clash versus Pakistan. England hammered India by 10 wickets and 4 overs to spare.
The architects of this win were the Jos Buttler and Alex Hales partnership of 170 where both remained unbeaten at 80 and 86 respectively. This partnership continued India’s affair of poor performances in ICC knockout games.
In his post-match press conference with the Indian Express, he said, “Certainly some people were not wanting that final (Pakistan vs England). I know after looking at the first India-Pakistan game everyone wanted to see them again but better luck next time. We wanted to, like I said, spoil that party.”
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He even spoke about his fellow opener partner’s performance by saying:
“I think Alex would have played as much Big Bash cricket as anyone, and his performance tonight was amazing. I think it’s some huge strengths of his, square of the wicket, which obviously today on this kind of grounds really is great.”
“He’s been performing really well for a long period of time. In the last three matches especially, his form has been brilliant, and he was great to just tuck in behind tonight and bat at the other end,” he further added.
Alex Hales has found his feet in the last three games. He scored 47 and 52 versus Sri Lanka and New Zealand respectively prior to the knock versus India.
“That’s telling you that you’re doing well” – Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler spoke about how playing in front of large crowds isn’t unfamiliar territory for them due to their experience of playing in the IPL. He said:
“If he (Pandya) goes to try and get the crowd behind you, that’s telling you that you’re doing well. I think we have quite a lot of IPL experience in our team, as well, which means situations like tonight don’t surprise you. We’ve played in India a lot, understand the noise that comes with the fans of Indian cricket, especially when certain guys walk onto the field or when they’re batting and the impact they can have.”
Sunday will witness the clash between two teams who are in pursuit to lift this trophy for the second time. Pakistan and England won the T20 World Cup in 2009 and 2010 respectively.