England captain Jos Buttler has claimed winning the T20 World Cup on Sunday will complete an incredible turnaround in white-ball cricket for the England side. England will become the first team to host the ODI and T20I World Cups if they beat Pakistan on Sunday.
Buttler hopes to lead England to victory on Sunday (Courtesy AP)
By India Today Web Desk: England captain Jos Buttler believes winning the T20 World Cup would represent an incredible turnaround in English white-ball cricket after their disastrous 2015 ODI World Cup.
Buttler and Co are set to make history as the first team to host the ODI and T20I World Cups simultaneously. However, it seemed like an impossible dream in 2015 when the English side finished fifth in their group and were knocked out after losing to Bangladesh.
Buttler, who was part of the team, told Sky Sports that winning the T20 World Cup would have huge significance as it completes an incredible turnaround in English cricket.
“It would have huge significance. We have to go through a very tough game first, but it would complete the turnaround in English cricket at white ball,” Buttler told Sky Sports on the eve of the final.
“As captain, I’m reaping the rewards of everything that has come before to get us to this point. If it were to pay off and we had both trophies at the same time, it’s something that would have seemed almost impossible. to leave Adelaide after this Bangladesh game.”
Buttler commented that he broke his bat after the loss to Bangladesh in the 2015 World Cup and said he felt completely dejected after the tournament ended.
“I remember breaking a bat in the locker room. I don’t often get too angry when I go out, but this was one of those times. It was complete despondency at the end of a tournament really difficult,” Buttler said.
The England captain, during the pre-match press conference, admitted that he dreamed of lifting the trophy on Sunday.
“I certainly had a few dreams about it. It really goes back to when you were a kid doing it in your backyard where your brother and sister pretend to lift the trophy, and now to be able to have the opportunity to experience it is incredibly special,” Butler said. .