BBL 2018-19: Jos Buttler sets sight on the biggest year of his growing career

I’m going to be the best version of myself, says Buttler.

Jos Buttler enjoying good runs at the BBL | Getty Images

Jos Buttler continues with his best with the willow for the Sydney in the ongoing 8th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19, and England wicket-keeper batsman said that he has now matured enough to understand his game and set sights on the biggest year of his growing career.

The Englishman further went on to insist that he is only trying to enjoy his game and not have any expectations either that makes thing even more easy for him and helped him to do well on the field, as he finished 2018 on high with 760 Test runs at an average of 44.70, including a maiden century against India in Nottingham and cemented his spot in the national side.

He further said that he got a lot of confidence and quite a bit of clarity as well while playing around the world and which helped him to improve his game and succeed on the field with the bat.

The 28-year-old has been one of the best form players in the BBL 8 and he will now play only two matches for Thunders in the tournament, as he will have to head overseas with England to the Caribbean tour, which will get underway with a three-match Test series starting later this month.

Buttler told reporters on Thursday (January 3), “The last year is the best I’ve ever played for a prolonged period of time. I’ve had some great experiences over the last year, and I’m probably at an age now where I understand my own game a lot better and I’m just trying to keep learning. I’ve had some great opportunities and met some fantastic people who I’ve learned a lot about cricket from. Over time you learn a lot more about yourself, so I’m trying to take that confidence into games.”

He continued, “I’ve got a lot of confidence and quite a bit of clarity as well. That’s always something you fight with a little bit in the game. There’s that constant battle of trying to improve, but not losing what you’ve got and that kind of thing. It gives you a lot of clarity and you can make peace with it because this is what I’ve got, and I’m going to be the best version of myself and not get too caught up in what other people try to do. I’m just trying to enjoy my game and not have any expectations either.”

Meanwhile, Buttler is currently focusing on the Thunder and helping them in his final two matches against the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat after guiding his side to a one-run win over the Perth Scorchers with his 55 off 54 deliveries, which increased his chances to become the BBL’s top run scorer.

Buttler signed off by saying, “For me, I’m here as a Sydney Thunder player and it’s about winning the Big Bash. Of course, you may learn things that are great for you further down the line, but your thought process is about the here and now and playing in this tournament. It’s tough to plan ahead too far in cricket, and the nature of sport is very much the here and now for me.”

(With Cricket Australia Network Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 04 Jan, 2019

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