England’s wicket- keeper batsman Jos Buttler has picked his favorites to win the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup will be staged in India, in September this year. The upcoming series will thus prove to be a dress rehearsal for both India and England ahead of the showpiece event.
“Going into World Cups, you probably look at host nations, specially [teams ] as strong as India who are going to be favourites for that tournament,” Buttler, in an interaction with British media on Tuesday, said.
“There are many excellent teams, in the last few World Cups hosts nations have performed very well. India is of course strong in every format and T20 is no different and especially playing at home I see India as the favourites,” Buttler added.
“It’s vital for us to play and hopefully you wanna win that series and take that confidence and gel together as a group has that clarity ahead of the World Cup. So it’s a fantastic opportunity for us as a side to be playing against India in World Cup conditions,” Buttler further said.
England will play all five matches at one venue and Buttler called it a great experience for the team to get familiar with the ground before the T20 World Cup.
Jos Buttler feels playing all five matches at the Narendra Modi stadium is a perfect opportunity for the visitors to get into the groove ahead of the World Cup.
“This is a great benefit for us. Being here and to play in Ahmedabad in the brand new stadium which may play a big part in the World Cup and no one has played here before. So it’s a big advantage for us to learn about conditions,” said Buttler.
“We don’t know how the wickets are gonna play in this stadium but to play five matches on the same ground, the pitch might slow up and it may spin so that can be good exposure for us before the World Cup,” he added.
The five T20Is will be played on March 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20.