Injury can be a major setback to most sportsperson but for England’s Jos Buttler, it was a blessing in disguise.
Jos Buttler’s half-century on Friday, his first since May 2015 against New Zealand, can play a major role in reviving his Test career. (SCORECARD)
After being dropped from the squad following a poor Ashes and Pakistan series in October 2015, Buttler was further sidelined due to a broken thumb.
Buttler made a comeback in the third Test against India in Mohali with a fine 43 in the first innings. On Day Two of the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium, Buttler fully capitalised on the platform laid down by debutant Keaton Jennings (112) and Moeen Ali (50) with a patient knock of 76 as England posted 400 in their first outing on Friday. Buttler and Jake Ball stole 54 runs for the ninth wicket which could prove critical in this match. (DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS)
The injury lay-off helped Buttler to anlayse his game and bring his Test career back on track. Losing a year of cricket was in fact the best thing to have happened to Buttler. “Probably, the best thing I feel (to happen) for me is actually having not played any cricket for a year,” said Buttler after the day’s play.
“In the summer when I got injured, playing so much cricket, there is not always enough time to think and break down your game and have a think about what is vital for me to get the best out of myself. So, I feel the last year I probably learnt the most about myself and about cricket in my whole career. I was still confident coming back and getting picked gives you confidence. It shows that the coach and the selectors obviously believe you can do it. I really worked hard during the time leading into the Tests,” added Buttler.
England’s limited overs wicketkeeper advocated that it is important to know yourself well. “The biggest thing is probably time to think to yourself, you are your own best coach. There are plenty of people out there to speak to, but one of the things I did when I struggled like during the Ashes was speak to too many people. Bring it back to a few close people that you really trust and more yourself, no one can do it for you. You got to believe in yourself,” he said.
Batting at No 7 on Friday, Buttler used all his experience of playing at the Wankhede Stadium during the last IPL for Mumbai Indians. “It probably helps having practised here and played here although in different circumstances. Having experienced the IPL, you get used to the noise and the chaos going on around you. Familiarity is good and it definitely helps,” said Buttler.